Museums reveal Mayan history of Mexico

12th Mar 2013

Tourists can head to two new museums in Mexico to immerse themselves in the Mayan culture.

The Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico is now home to Gran Museo Del Mundo Maya in Merida - a museum with more than 500 artefacts telling the story of the Maya from the present day right back into ancient history. The museum first opened its doors in September but after a period of closure it has now reopened to the public.

Tourists travelling to Mexico will be able to see large numbers of items at the museum including religious objects and textiles as well as engravings and books. There are documents and pieces of art dating from the colonial era as well as stone sculptures, ceramics and offerings from the pre-Hispanic years.

Those visiting the museum will walk through an exhibition about Mayan culture now before gradually moving back through time, with interactive exhibits and a laser light and sound show in the evenings.

The Museo Maya de Cancun opened in Cancun in November, showcasing 350 items discovered during archaeological digs, some of which have never been shown to the public and others that have only been unearthed during recent excavations. It has also given a new home to some artefacts from Merida's Museo Regional de Yucatan or "Canton Palace" and the former Archaeological Museum in Cancun.

The new museum in Cancun is 55,000 square feet with three large exhibition halls - two for permanent displays and the other for temporary exhibitions. Visitors heading to the museum will also be given access to the archaeological site of San Miguelito.

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