Museums in Merida
MUSEO FERNANDO GARCÍA PONCE MACAY
Permanent exhibitions of the work of Yucatecan artists, including additional paintings by Fernando Castro Pacheco, the painter of murals in the Governor's Palace. Museo MACAY also hosts visiting exhibits from other parts of Mexico. There is also usually a sculpture exhibit just outside the entrance in the walkway between the entrance and the cathedral. This is a must-see for anyone interested in contemporary art.
Calle 60, Next to Cathedral.
Tel. (999) 928 3258
Open: Every day except Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00 hrs.
EL GRAN MUSEO DEL MUNDO MAYA
Extensive exhibit of local Mayan history and anthropolgy. Non-Mexicans: $150 peos. Mexicans: $100 pesos. Kids under 12 and adult Yucatecan residents: $50 pesos. Yucatecan kids under 12, students, and seniors: $25 pesos.Open 8 am – 5 pm. Light and Sound Show visible from the street at 8.30 pm, 9.30 pm, and 10.30 pm. Closed on Tuesdays. Prolongación Montejo x Siglo XXI y LiverpoolMUSEO DE ARTE POPULAR
Museum of Popular Art is open Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 5 pm. Sundays 10 am to 3 pm. Free entry. Address Calle 50 A x 57 No. 487 Centro.
ANTHROPOLOGY AND HISTORY MUSEUM (temporarily closed)
Installed in a completely refurbished mansion is an extensive exhibit of local Mayan history and anthropolgy. Also occasionally hosts traveling exhibits. There is an excellent book and gift shop at the entrance.
Palacio G. Canton, Paseo de Montejo and Calle 43
Open Tuesday through Sunday 8:00-17:00
Admission $48 pesos. Free admission to Mexican national students, teachers, and those under 13 and over 60, with -valid- credential. Free entrance on Sundays for Mexican nationals. www.inah.gob.mx
The interior arched courtyard, an upstairs gallery, and the balcony are the sites for a display of paintings by Mérida's local artist, Fernando Castro Pacheco. The murals display the history of the Yucatán.
On the northeast corner of the Zócalo (Plaza Grande).
MERIDA CITY MUSEUM
The cultural heritage that is housed in the beautiful and majestic Ex-Federal Post Office palace, shows the historical development of the city of Mérida. This important building, inaugurated in 1908 by then governor Enrique Muñoz Aristequi, has special architectural characteristics that make it historically valuable. With French tendencies, it shows there was a definite economic wellbeing at the beginning of the 1900’s – the era of the green gold – the henequen fiber. Since June 29th, 2007, this building now houses the City of Mérida Museum.
Entrance and all the services at the City Museum are free.
Location: Calle 56 # 529 A, between 65 and 65A Centro, Eulogio Rosado Park (Alameda of Mérida)
Tel. (999) 923 6869
Schedules: Tuesday – Friday 9 am – 8 pm.
Saturday and Sunday: 9 am – 2 pm
Contact: [email protected]
RAILROAD MUSEUM (MUSEO DE LOS FERROCARRILES EN YUCATÁN)
Ivan Godfrey, Director General at Mérida's Railroad Museum, is passionate about trains. The museum's hours are: Wednesdays to Sundays 9 am - 2 pm. More than 40 old railroad cars, including locomotives, coaches, cabooses, and wagons, and lots of memorabilia from the bygone days of the railroad, are gathered together. The museum can be rented for parties, weddings, photo sessions etc. The museum is found in a field on Calle 43 x 46 y 50 Col. Industrial, Mérida. Entry 20 pesos. Cel. phone contact number is 999 351 6232.
FORO CULTURAL AMARO
Photography and Art
Calle 59 N° 507 x 60 y 62 Centro Histórico
Every day 11:30 am - 10 pm
At the Olimpo Cultural Center on the zócalo is the relatively new Planetarium. Shows throughout the day from Tuesday through Saturday, tickets are $30 pesos, $15 for children and students. For more information, check out our Planetarium page.
YUCATECAN MUSIC MUSEUM
Exhibition of objects and works of Yucatecan music. Also pre-Hispanic and Afro-Cuban instruments. Includes a gift shop.
Tel. (999) 923 7224
Calle 57#464-A near Calle 48 near Plaza Mejorada
Open Tuesday – Friday 9 am-5 pm Saturday, Sunday 9 am-3 pm
Admission $20.00 pesos
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
Calle 59 x 84 y 84A
Tuesday - Sunday, 9:00-15:00
Tel. (999) 924 0994
MUSEUM PEON CONTRERAS
Continually changing art exhibitions from around Mexico. Exhibits are usually of contemporary artists and can include sculpture, photography, painting, fabric, and just about anything else.
Calle 60 between 59 and 57 in the Peón Contreras Theater
Open most days until 9 pm
MUSEO PINACOTECA "JUAN GAMBOA GUZMAN"
Contains works in Yucatán during the nineteenth century and the viceroyalty. Focusing on painting, this museum is unique in this city. It was inaugurated in July 1981, in a historical monument of the XVII century that belonged to the Jesuit school. Calle 59 between 58 and 60. Open Tuesday - Saturday 9:00-5:00 & Sunday 10:00-5:00. Admission $31.00 pesos. Free admission to Mexican national students, teachers, and those under 13 and over 60, with credential. Free entrance on Sundays for Mexican nationals. For more information, visit http://museosdemerida.blogspot.com/
QUINTA MONTES MOLINA
For an inside glimpse of one of the finer mansions on the PaseoMontejo, take a guided tour of the Quinta Montes Molina. Still owned bythe same family, they have turned the property into a museum andreception place for weddings, XV años (Mexican version of Sweet 16),conventions and congresses. The house features European furniture,Baccarat and Murano crystal chandeliers, clocks, art deco, art nouveau,porcelain and alabaster sculptures.
Guided tours in Spanish Mon–Fri 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm and 4 pm. Sat. 10 am and 12 pm.
Guided tours in English Mon-Fri 9 am, 11 am and 3 pm. Sat. 9 am and 11 am.
Entrance: $60 pesos adults / $40 pesos kids
Tours last 45 mins. to 1.5 hours depending on how many questions you have!
Other days and schedules, call for an appointment.
Tel. (999) 925 5999
MUSEO DEL PUEBLO MAYA
Permanent and extensive exhibit of Mayan artifacts from throughout theYucatán and local culture up to the present day, including a beautifulhuipil exhibit. The museum is air-conditioned and a pleasant additionto visiting the Dzibilchaltún ruins. As you leave the museum to visit the ruins, you can walk through a typical Mayan house.
Open Tuesday - Sunday 8:00-16:00
Admission $96 pesos
Authentically maintained henequen hacienda not far from Mérida. Includes a museum of Mayan artifacts, guest house, gift shop and snack bar.
20 miles (33 km) south of Mérida on Highway 261 to Uxmal at the 186 KM marker.
Monday - Saturday 8:00-18:00 Sunday 9:00-17:00
Admission $50.00 pesos
Tel. (999) 900 1193
Children accompanied by parents are free
Discounts for tours and other groups
KOREAN MUSEUM (MUSEO CONMEMORATIVO DE LA INMIGRACIÓN COREANA)
History of the first Koreans in Mexico, who labored in the henequen fields.
Calle 65 #397-A between 44 and 46 Centro
Email: [email protected]
Tuesday to Friday 10 am-1 pm and 2 pm-5 pm and Saturday-Sunday 10 am-1 pm.
The last Sunday of each month at ll am is an event called "Cuentame un cuento Jalmoni" (Tell me a Story) where a grandmother from the Korean community tells Korean legends and stories.
JUAN PABLO MIER Y TERÁN SCULPTURE AND PAINTING
Renowned Mexican contemporary artist. Calle 29 No. 305 x 26 y 28 Col. Benito Juarez, Progreso, Yuc. Appointments: cel 999 129 8073.
- Art Galleries in Merida