Top 5 must-see museums in Cancun

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Most people visit Cancun for the white-sand beaches, upscale all-inclusive resorts, nature, water sports, and Mayan ruins, but there are 5 must-see museums in Cancun that are also worth checking out. Each of these museums allows visitors to explore a different part of the region’s history and culture and provides a great learning experience. While visiting museums might not be the first thing you might think of when planning a trip to Cancun, there is something to be said for learning more about this popular vacation destination and its surroundings.

Cancun Mayan Museum

As mentioned above, one of the reasons people visit Cancun is the proximity to all the Mayan ruins, but if you don’t have the time, you can explore Mayan history and culture without going very far. . The Mayan Museum of Cancun is conveniently located in the Hotel Zone and features around 400 ancient artifacts from various time periods, some from the state of Quintana Roo, which is the state Cancun is located in. Not only can you see artifacts, but there are real ruins there as well. Admission to the museum is just $8, and it’s open daily, except Monday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Prehistoric Museum of Parque Dos Ojos

The Parque Dos Ojos Prehistoric Museum is located between Cancun and Tulum and is worth a visit for those interested in prehistoric artifacts. It features fossilized remains of animals dating back to the Ice Age and evidence of the first inhabitants of the Americas. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is only $2.50 and well worth the price.

Museum of Underwater Art (MUSA)

The Underwater Art Museum offers one of the most unique museum experiences you’ll ever have, but you’ll have to see it by boat, or for an even more immersive experience, while snorkeling or scuba diving . It is located near Isla Mujeres, so you will need to take the ferry to the island, which takes about 15 minutes. The museum is completely underwater and features a total of 500 fully submerged sculptures. The cost to see the museum by glass bottom boat is $47 and for the boat tour and snorkeling it is $70. Scuba diving prices range from $90 and up.

Mexican Folk Art Museum

The Mexican Folk Art Museum is located in the very popular Xcaret Park located in Cancun, so it’s a great option for those who don’t want to travel far. It features all kinds of Mexican folk art, including a huge collection of dolls inspired by the Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, which many people visit. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends.

isla mujeres underwater museum

Ka’ Yok’ Planetarium and Observatory

The last museum on our list is not a museum per se but certainly worth mentioning. The Ka’ Yok’ Planetarium and Observatory is located in the heart of Cancún and includes a small science museum in addition to the observatory and planetarium. At the observatory, visitors can peer through an eye-shielding telescope to view the sun, and the planetarium features a 360-degree digital dome. On Thursdays, the museum organizes “astronomical evenings” which allow visitors to observe the moon, the planets and the galaxy. Admission to the museum is less than $3, and it’s open Monday through Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Anyone visiting Cancun will want to spend a lot of time on the beaches. But when it’s time to take a break, these museums are a great way to pass your time. Not only will you learn about Mexican culture and history, but you’ll get to see things you won’t see anywhere else.

Cancun is so popular because it’s a breathtaking Caribbean paradise, but there’s so much more to the city and its surroundings. By taking the time to explore more, visitors can truly appreciate this much-loved Mexican vacation destination for all it has to offer.

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