New Mayan Museum opens in Cancun

21st Nov 2012

A major new museum has opened in Cancun to showcase the lives and culture of Mexico's early inhabitants.

The Mayan Museum, which took six years to construct, opened on Friday and expects to welcome around a million visitors a year.

Included in its attractions is a selection of more than 300 ancient artefacts, including a 14,000-year-old skeleton that was discovered in one of the underwater keynotes famous in this part of Central America.

The vast museum is aiming to be the ultimate tourist attraction in Cancun, which is a hugely popular city for holidaymakers as it pulls in around 12 million tourists a year thanks largely to its jaw-dropping beaches as well as the array of Mayan cultural experiences on offer.

Entry to the Mayan Museum costs five US dollars (£3.14) for adults and it is free for under-12s and over-60s.

Interest in all things Mayan appears to have reached new levels in recent years, as popular culture has embraced the disputed notion of the so-called Mayan Prophecy - the idea the Mayan calendar predicted the end of the world on 21 December 2012.

The Mayan civilisation was at its peak in the sixth century AD, but its great stone cities had been abandoned by 900 AD.

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