The Maya Museum: A Doorway to Cancun’s Ancient History

The Cancun Maya Museum hosts several Maya artifacts, collected from throughout the Yucatan Peninsula.


When you come to Cancun, beautiful Maya culture and symbolism will surround you.
While a Cancun vacation brings healing, the Maya presence adds a magical touch that makes your visit even more outstanding.


Besides experiencing the beaches, the islands and the cenotes, you have quick access to the ruins of the mighty Maya Empire all throughout the Mexican Caribbean.


But, what if you don’t know where to start to find your Maya connection?


Luckily, the Cancun Maya Museum is a great place to begin your journey.


It houses an excellent collection of Maya artifacts along with its own important archaeological site.
This is the most ambitious project by Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) since the National Museum of Anthropology (1964) and the Templo Mayor Museum (1987), both in Mexico City.

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Artifacts in the Maya Museum


The Cancun Maya Museum is located on Kukulkan Boulevard Km 16.5, on the south-central part of the Hotel Zone strip.
The museum’s halls, on the second floor, are segmented into galleries based on the various geographical locations of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Furthermore, each region was home to different Maya cultures, and their artwork reflects each group’s uniqueness.
And, throughout each gallery, there is plenty of information that explains the historical and artistic context of all the artifacts.

San Miguelito Archaeological Site


Not only do you get to see so many historical works of art, the Maya Museum has its own archaeological site: San Miguelito.
Archaeologist say this was the most important pre-Hispanic settlement on Cancun island (modern day Hotel Zone).
‘It’s located in a strategic place, at the entrance to the Nichupte Lagoon, hence it must have been an obligatory port stop for all the ships.’
Iguanas are like sentries guarding the ruins of the San Miguelito Archaeological Site.

Cancun Maya Museum: A Bargain


The museum opens from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays.
Entrance to this majestic place is $64 MXN.
However, on Sundays, admission is completely free for Mexican citizens and residents (must show passport/INE or FM residency card).
In addition, it’s free every day for Mexican seniors (with INAPAM credentials), people with disabilities, teachers and students (with proper credentials), and children younger than 13.
So, visitors get an enormous deal after viewing and learning from such a magnificent collection of Maya artifacts.
Check out their Facebook page to see what programs or special galleries they have throughout the year.

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Howdy, Neighbor!


Finally, when you go visit this amazing place, remember you’re within walking distance from AquaWorld, so come say hello, we’d love to see you here, too 🙂