Museums in Riviera Maya
Mexico’s cultural, historical and artistic richness is one of the main attractions that captivate thousands of visitors every year. That is why the Mexican Caribbean has taken on the task of preserving these elements. Also, promoting such richness in different ways, as is the case of its museums, full of history and culture. Here are some Museums in Riviera Maya.
Cancun Mayan Museum
It treasures one of the most important archeological collections in the country. This museum offers a remarkable collection of artifacts, including intricate sculptures, ancient pottery, and fascinating archaeological discoveries. Visitors can delve into the history, art, and traditions of the Mayan people through interactive exhibits and informative displays. The museum’s engaging presentations provide valuable insights into the achievements and beliefs of this ancient civilization, allowing visitors to deepen their understanding of Mayan culture.
Blvd. Kukulcan km 16.5, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R.
Tuesday through Sunday 9 AM – 6 PM. Mondays closed
Entry: about 70 MXN
Underwater Museum of Art (MUSA)
Just 26 feet underwater between Cancun and Isla Mujeres, is the Underwater Museum of Art (MUSA). This is one of the most impressive museum in the world. It has 16 underwater rooms and more than 500 statues. Its facilities allow you to witness how art can help the conservation of reefs and marine fauna. This, through the creation of artificial reefs.
There are three ways to visit the Underwater Museum of Art in Cancun:
- Snorkel or Scuba Diving (certified divers and/or beginners)
- Onboard a glass-bottom boat
- Jungle Tour
You can book any of these tours directly at the MUSA official website, or you can also book from other tour operators. We recommend you book directly from MUSA if you’re unsure about choosing the right private tour operator.
Museums in Riviera Maya: Island Museum
In Cozumel, you can appreciate the newly renovated Museo de la Isla. It is in a historic building dating back to the 1930’s. It offers visitors a glimpse into the island’s past. Also, its traditions and its natural diversity. Go through 11 interactive rooms and several temporary exhibits by internationally recognized artists.
Av. Rafael E. Melgar esq. Calle 6 Nte. Centro CP 77600, Cozumel, Quintana Roo , Cozumel, Quintana Roo
T: (987) 8721 475
Entry: 198 MXN
Museum of Wonders 3D
In the heart of Playa del Carmen is located the Museum of 3D Wonders, where visitors can interact with extraordinary visual illusions that deceive the human eye, created by important artists of three-dimensional art.
10 Avenida Nte., Centro, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R.
Entry 700 MXN
Museums in Riviera Maya: Mystika Tulum
The recently inaugurated sensory museum Mystika Tulum offers an unconventional, one-of-a-kind experience, taking visitors on a journey of connection with Mayan cosmology, Mexico’s most iconic natural sanctuaries, and paying homage to the spiritual power of animals.
Calle Yalku, manzana 10, lote 3. Fracción 5, Avenida Tulum local 25, Zona Arqueológica, 77760 Tulum, Q.R.
Entry: 25 USD
Caste War Museum
Approximately 2 hours from Tulum, in the town of Tihosuco, is located this museum, created to exhibit, preserve and disseminate the historical events of this war, dating back to the 19th century, through the exhibition of relics such as paintings, documents, photographs and weapons used during this event.
Calle 17, esq. 26 Colonia Centro Tihosuco, Quintana Roo, México
Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00 am—6:00 pm
Entry: 35 MXN
Museum of Mayan Culture
In Grand Costa Maya, a territory that integrates Bacalar, Mahahual and Chetumal, culture abounds, and is one of the few areas where Mayan traditions are still practiced today. In Chetumal, one of the destinations in this area, is located the Museum of Mayan Culture, which alludes to the ancient civilizations of the area through a journey through earthly life, the underworld and a celestial vault, showing the most important and sacred aspects of this civilization. Also, a few steps from the center, the City Museum is located, where the stages of evolution from the beginnings of the Mayan civilization to the arrival of the British influence are highlighted.
Av. Héroes S/N, esquina con Mahatma Gandhi y Cristobal Colón, Col. Chetumal Centro, C.P. 77000
From Tuesday to Sunday, 09:00 – 17:00 hrs
Entry: 64 MXN
Museums in Riviera Maya: Museum of Piracy
In the marvelous lagoon of the 7 colors in Bacalar, the Museum of Piracy is located inside the Fort of San Felipe. This precinct was built in 1733 with the purpose of defending the city from European pirates. Inside this iconic place, the historical development of the magical town of Bacalar is shown along with significant objects such as maps, weapons and utensils used by pirates in colonial times.
Av 3, Centro, 77930 Bacalar, Q.R.
From Tuesday to Sunday, 09:00 – 19:00 hr
Entry: 60 MXN