If you are interested in learning more about the Maya, their history, their cities, and how it relates to this area in Mexico, the Cancun Maya museum is worth a visit. It might inspire more travel through the area as well, once you dig into this information.
It is uniquely build on the grounds of a small Maya village San Miguelito, so visitors can stroll through a small archaeological site as they learn about this fascinating history. In total the museum and the grounds reaches over 55,000 square feet of space.
The Museum was built over a six year period and was designed by the Mexican architect Alberto Garcia Lascurain. It opened in November 2012 in the Cancun Hotel Zone.
There are three exhibit areas within the museum. Two areas are permanent exhibits that review the archaeological zone of the Maya in Quintana Roo and the history of the Maya in all regions throughout Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. The museum is great for both those versed in Maya history or those new to Maya History.
Though the museum is in possession of over 3500 artifacts, only 350 pieces are on display at a given time.
The third exhibit area hosts temporary exhibits that change regularly. These exhibits range from special Maya exhibits to other indigeous communities from Mexico and other parts of the world. Check their facebook page for current exhibits.
Read our full description and overview of the San Miguelito Archaeological site that is included with your entrance to the Museum. This small but interesting site has a few structures and preserved hieroglyphs that will get you started on your exciting journey of Mayan sites.
Hours: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Entrance Fee: 63 pesos (May 2017)
Location: Hotel Zone Cancun Km 16.5
Entrance fee includes entrance to the archaeological site and the Museum. Plan 90 minutes or more for the museum and 30 minutes for the archaeological site.