The Mayan People Museum

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The Mayan People Museum

Within the archaeological zone of Dzibilchaltún, the Museum of the Mayan People stands as a testament to the continuous evolution of Mayan culture. Its mission is to vividly showcase various facets of this rich heritage, encompassing different subjects. Like architecture, dwellings, artistic expressions, culinary traditions, mathematical advancements, astronomical knowledge, and clothing. All of these, spanning from pre-Hispanic eras to the contemporary period. Here are some tips on the Mayan People Museum.

What to expect

The museum harmoniously integrates with the ecological and architectural ambiance of the site. All this, while fostering a strong connection with the local Maya community. This relationship thrives during cultural celebrations like Hanal Pixán (Day of the Dead) and Christmas. In these celebrations, community members actively engage in assemblies on site. Within these museum walls, visitors can explore a remarkable collection of approximately 700 archaeological and historical artifacts. Notable among these treasures are two worth mentioning. The mortuary offering known as “the seven dolls” and the burial site of Kalom ‘Uk’uw Chan Chaak. He was the final ruler of Ch’iy Chan Ti’ Ho’, the pre-Hispanic name for the present-day city of Mérida.

The halls

The museum comprises four permanent exhibition halls:

Pergola of the Monoliths: An open-air garden showcasing pre-Hispanic sculptures from Yucatan, Campeche, and Quintana Roo, including colossal stone figures like Chac Mool, significant in Maya culture.

Mayan Archaeology Hall: Dedicated to pre-Hispanic eras, featuring architecture and ceramics from Yucatan, Campeche, and Chiapas. It explores various themes such as the Mayan cosmovision, the emergence of humanity, man’s relationship with nature, social stratification, deities, art, writing, timekeeping, and specialization in work.

Historic Hall: Focuses on Dzibilchaltún’s archaeology, the Maya people’s contact and conquest, and the formation of Yucatecan identity. It also displays Spanish shields, costumes, swords, carved bones, rattles, and a jaguar figure recovered from the Xlakáh cenote within the archaeological site.

Solar Maya: An annex showcasing a traditional Mayan rural dwelling constructed using authentic materials, techniques, and craftsmanship.

The Mayan People Museum: Some recommendations

It is recommended to bring a bottle of water (food is not allowed), comfortable shoes, appropriate clothing for walking, sunscreen and insect repellent. Don’t forget your towel and bathing suit, as you can swim in the cenote! Video is not allowed in any area.

Museum hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 8 am to 3:30 pm.

Cost (entrance to the site includes entrance to the museum): $165 Mexican pesos and $282 foreign pesos, includes entrance to the museum. On Sundays, Mexicans do not pay.