An adventure awaits for you in the Cancun Underwater Museum, submerge in the most gorgeous crystal clear waters the world has to offer.
These waters are home to one of the largest underwater museums in the world, located precisely in Cancun, Quintana Roo, this museum is a jewel for any traveler looking to dive or snorkel through a unique adventure!
This underwater museum is formed by a series of sculptures carefully placed within the National Marine Park of Yucatan Peninsula and it spreads through the coastline of Cancun to Isla Mujeres.
Cancun Underwater Museum is home to a little over 500 art pieces, a major attraction for divers and snorkelers that want to admire these meaningful beauties, and not only that, but it is also home to many species that inhabit this artificial coral reef with statues ranging from 9 to 20 feet!
The Purpose of the Cancun Underwater Museum
MUSA seeks to provide its visitors with pristine coral reefs by giving an opportunity to appreciate art in a whole new way while conserving natural corals and the ecosystems that they bring to life.
This fine project also wishes to grow further more with a goal of over 1,000 underwater statues by many fine artists in the years to come.
This museum shows humans how we can all live in balance with nature and make a workable future between both. The negative show is how humans damage nature relentlessly by showing no care or sympathy towards these beautiful works of art done by nature herself.
Each sculpture was carefully designed to become an artificial reef and they’ve all been carefully made with special materials that promote life within its structures!
Beautiful corals flourish from these sculptures creating outstanding underwater landscapes that breed and take in refuge an endless variety of marine life. From sea turtles to sea horses and dolphins to thousands of colorful exotic fish signature to the Caribbean waters of beautiful Mexico!
The appearance of these sculptures changes over time as coral grow and life colonizes each sculpture, you cannot miss this experience if you’re into diving in Cancun or snorkeling in Isla Mujeres.
The Underwater Museum Galleries
There are three galleries at the museum, two belong underwater and one is on land. MUSA has a permit to sink a total of 1,200 statues in different areas of the national park and so far, only 3 areas have been fully developed which is Manchones Reef and Punta Nizuc.
Getting the statues underwater isn’t an easy task, there’s a special lift made for these art pieces assuring that they will not be damaged during their sinking. Once the great sculptures are brought to the ocean, a huge 40 ton crane placed on a commercial ferry helps them get down there smoothly.
There are statues that weight so much, that lift bags had to be used to control the position of the statue as it was lowered to its place underwater.
There’s a third exhibit placed inside Plaza Kukulcán mall, with over 25 replicas and an original one, you’ll find a sculpture by Roberto Díaz named The Ocean Muse! Roberto Díaz is the cofounder of Cancun Underwater Museum and with Dr. Jaime González, the Director of the Marine Park, they’ve worked on creating this artistic underwater masterpiece!
If you are ready to take on this amazing adventure, book your tour and get ready to explore the depths of this creative and artful part of the Caribbean Sea!