Opened to the community at the beginning of November by President Felipe Calderon, the Mayan Museum of Cancun and the Archaeological Site of San Miguelito is expected to receive more than a million visitors a year.
Open to the public since November 1, 2012, the Mayan Museum of Cancun and the San Miguelito Archaeological Site is located in the Hotel Zone, within an area of 85,000 m² considered the green lung of the Cancun Island which was donated by the National Fund for Tourism Development.
Mayan Museum of Cancun
The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) reopened the doors of one of the greatest architectural works of the INAH undertaken between 2007 and 2012: the Mayan Museum of Cancun, which had been closed to the public since 2006 as a result of damage sustained by the intense hurricanes that struck Quintana Roo.
Built with an investment of nearly 200 million, of which 70 percent was contributed by the federal government through the INAH, the Mayan Museum of Cancun houses an archaeological collection of 3,500 pieces, of which 350 are on display throughout three rooms, two permanent and one temporary, covering an area of 1,350 m².
Dedicated to the history of the Mayans who lived in the eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula, the first room of the museum contains the results of 30 years of research and archaeological discoveries in the state. It offers a chronological journey that began 14,000 years ago with the earliest evidence of human life in the peninsula.
With a guided presentation, this room represents the diversity of the regions that make up the Mayan area of almost 300,000 km², covering southeast Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador and parts of Honduras and it deals with aspects related to architecture, art, cosmology and the everyday life of the Mayans
Temporary Exhibitions . On exhibit until the beginning of 2013: Faces of Divinity: The Mayan mosaics of green stone.
San Miguelito, new archaeological site in Cancun:
Opened on November 1, 2012, San Miguelito is the eleventh archaeological site that has opened in Mexico during the administration of President Felipe Calderón..
The San Miguelito site is the most important Mayan settlement of the island. The remains are proof of the dynamic and prosperous life of the Mayans of the East Coast who lived there over 800 years ago until the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors.
San Miguelito was part of the trade routes in the eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula, and because of its strategic location at the entrance of the Nichupte Lagoon, experts believe it was a port for ships.
After more than two years of research INAH specialists have recorded 47 burials, of which 30 were infants and the rest adults, 40 pre-Hispanic buildings, of which 14 were restored so the public can visit them, and of these, 11 were excavated for research purposes.
Architectural complexes accessible to the public:
Great Pyramid, South Building, Building of the Dragons, Complexes of Chaac and North Building.
Address, admission, and hours:
The new Mayan Museum of Cancún is located on Boulevard Kukulcan, Km 16.5, San Miguelito, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00a.m. to 7:00p.m. / Thursday from 7:00a.m. to 10:00p.m.
Admission: $ 57 pesos to visit both places.
Free admission to those 60 and older or under 13. On Sunday admission is free for Mexicans and residents with official identification.
Services at the Mayan Museum of Cancun
Information booklets in English, Spanish, and Mayan.
Shop-bookstore, cafeteria, lockers
Medical service and access for people with disabilities.