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Mayan Museum of Cancun (Museo Maya de Cancún)
Mayan Museum of Cancun (Museo Maya de Cancún)

Mayan Museum of Cancun (Museo Maya de Cancún)

Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Km. 16.5 Kukulcan Blvd., Cancun, Mexico, 77500

The Basics

One of the best places to learn about Mayan civilization and archaeology, the Mayan Museum of Cancun plays host to one of the country’s most important collections of Mayan artifacts, including pieces from Palenque, Chichén Itzá, and Comalcalco. Most people visit the state-of-the-art building as part of a Cancun city tour or independently. However you visit, make sure to stop by the adjoining gardens and ruins of San Miguelito, too.

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Cancun Day Trip: Museo Maya and El Rey Ruins Tour
Cancun Day Trip: Museo Maya and El Rey Ruins Tour
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$95.11 per adult
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This is a simple but effective tour...
This is a simple but effective tour. The guide is very personable and flexible. He allowed us to determine the amount of time we spent at each stop. We enjoyed seeing the famous beaches and hotel zone. We were surprised to see the El Rey ruins, and the guide was knowledgable in sharing history of that site. We thoroughly enjoyed the cultural museum. It was small but attractive and between the placards and the guide's narration, we learned more about the Maya Culture. Lunch was a simple sandwich but very adequate. We were given choices of shopping opportunities. We appreciated being given a time frame and then allowed to set the amount of time at each stop. Since our prior exposure to Cancun was simply the airport, we were glad to see and appreciate some of what Cancun offers beyond hotels and night spots.
Dian P, Feb 2017

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Mayan Museum of Cancun is the first museum of its kind in the city, making it a must-see for history buffs in the region.

  • There’s a small admission fee to enter.

  • Signage is available in Spanish and English.

  • There’s an on-site gift shop, bookstore, café, bag storage, and restrooms.

  • The Mayan Museum of Cancun is accessible for wheelchair users, thanks to ramps and elevators throughout.

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How to Get There

The Mayan Museum of Cancun is located at the heart of Cancun’s Hotel Zone, making it easy to reach on foot from select hotels in the area. Alternatively, it’s easy to get there by taxi or bus; make sure to agree on a price before getting into taxis in the area.

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When to Get There

The Mayan Museum of Cancun is typically open Tuesday through Sunday, from 9am to 6pm. Last entry is always 30 minutes prior to closing. The best time to visit is early in the morning or in the early afternoon, when the museum offers a respite from Cancun’s midday heat.

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Archaeology Across Mexico

Undoubtedly the best-known, largest, and most-visited museum in Mexico is Mexico City’s National Anthropology Museum, where you can learn about the country's pre-Hispanic cultures. This vast edifice occupies a swath of Chapultepec Park and is filled with artifacts from states and civilizations across Mexico. Highlights include the Aztec Sunstone—the design of which graces the Mexican Ps. 10 coin—and a replica of Moctezuma’s feathered headdress.

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