The Maya Museum in Chetumal is the first museum in the state of Quintana Roo dedicated to the Maya. Opened in 1994, this museum is three floors, representing the three worlds of the Maya, the sky, earth and underworld. The interior is designed like a jungle with exhibitions and artifacts on each floor. This museum has original and replicas to help tell the story of this indigenous group.
Unlike the Merida and Cancun Maya museums, which are newer, this museum is older and it is starting to reflect its age. That said, the eight small galleries are informative, provide a great overview for those new to the Mayan culture and provides a great visit that will enhance your understanding as you travel through the area. Allow yourself 2 or so hours to review the entire museum.
What they do have that the other museums do not, are replicas of Maya buildings that if you saw these structures in their hey day, not in their current state at local archaeology sites.
The museum is open six days a week and closed on Mondays. Hours are from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. Address is Ave. heroes and Cristobal Colon in the heart of Chetumal.
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