What is the Underwater Museum of Art?

The Underwater Museum of Art (MUSE) is one of the biggest water attractions For visitors to Cancun, with its more than 400 submerged sculptures, this place is ideal for a fantastic underwater adventure.

The history of MUSA

The MUSA is located in the Mexican Caribbean, between Isla Mujeres and Cancun. It was founded in 2009 by Dr. Jaime González Cano and the former president of Asociados Náuticos de Cancún (ANC), Roberto Díaz Abraham. Together they contacted the British artist Jason deCaires Taylor to start an underwater art collection. However, it was not until a year after that the site was officially inaugurated, which has generated more than 30 million dollars a year in tourism.

The artists

The greatest exponent of the MUSA is Jason deCaires Taylor, who in addition to being a sculptor is also a photographer. This artist was born in 1974 and is known mainly because his works are underwater. Since childhood, deCaires enjoyed exploring the coral reefs in Malaysia, hence his vocation is oriented to ecotourism as well as the exploration of maritime aesthetics. He graduated with honors from the London Institute of the Arts and when he had 17 years of diving experience he was given the opportunity to transport his work to the sea. The artist is an advocate of the idea of ​​sustainable art and both the concepts and the materials used in his works are based on this principle. Previously, he developed work similar to that of MUSA for an underwater park on the island of Grenada. He is also recognized because he photographs his works himself.

Other exponents in the MUSA They are Karen Salinas Martínez, a graduate of the National School of Plastic Arts (ENAP) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM); the economist Roberto Díaz Abraham, who studied a Master’s degree at Boston University; the Graphic Designer Salvador Quiroz Ennis; and Rodrigo Quiñones Reyes, a graduate of the Superior School of Visual Arts of Yucatán, in Mexico.

Art at the MUSA

The works that are exhibited at the MUSA have an ecological conceptualization so that all the materials used are sustainable, in addition to the fact that the sculptures They are designed with holes of various sizes to attract different types of fish.

The museum tour

To visit the museum you can do it on a diving or snorkeling tour. The diving tour in Cancun that offers Aquaworld It is an excellent option to get to know the MUSA, in which you will have a specialized guide to know the main points of the place. We have qualified personnel to provide security and assistance in case you need it while you are underwater. In addition to offering tours diving in Cancun we have a snorkeling tour through the MUSA, an ideal activity for those who have little experience underwater and want to enjoy an unforgettable adventure while on vacation in this dream place that is Cancun.