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Welcome to Chiapas Amber Museum!
Founded on December 4th, 2000, the museum displays more than 300 pieces of amber.
It is located in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, in the interior of the Ex Convento de La Merced (La Merced ex-convent) -a building receiving an ongoing reconstruction by the efforts of the Patronato Pro Reconstrucción del Ex Convento de La Merced A.C. patronage.
This museum, unique of its type in all America, presents the visitor information and pieces that show the origin of amber, a comparison between european and our amber, replicas of prehispanic ornaments and medicinal uses, pieces with inclusions (animal and vegetal of various sizes) and a collection of sculptures by different master artisans. At the end of the visit you can watch a documentary that will expand your knowledge on Amber.
The museography, museum script, lighting and design help children and adults, enjoy and appreciate the geological history, our ancestors' culture, and the magic this gem radiates.
Amber from Chiapas, a great mexican pride!
Amber from Chiapas:
The name comes from an arabic word that means "that which floats on water". The Aztec called it APOZONALLI, "foam of water" in Náhuatl. Here in Chiapas it is called PAUCH by the tzotzil.
Amber is a hard substance, amorphous, with a low density and easy to break. It is a fossilized resin, vegetal in origin, around 25 to 30 million years old. The resin comes from a tree called Guapinol (Hymenaea courbaril) part of the legume family. Although it is extracted from mines amber is not a mineral.
Colors and Techniques:
Although Chiapas has the third biggest bed of amber in the world (after the countries of the Baltic sea and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic), experts have considered amber from Chiapas as the most beautiful for its texture, transparency and great variety of colors. Yellow is the most known color, but there are also less known ones such as red, cognac, green and pink.
The techniques used to work amber are lapidary, high and low reliefs, and sculpting. Archeologist have proven that amber was used by prehistorical men, making it the first jewelry worn by human kind. The most antique piece of amber (baltic amber) worked by men was discovered in Hannover, Germany and is dated more than 30,000 years ago.
Store and Events
OTHER SERVICES IN LA MERCED EX CONVENT - AMBER MUSEUM:
After visiting the museum, down to visit our Amber Crafts Store where you can buy authentic amber of Chiapas of excellent quality with a variety of designs and good price. We ship orders throughout Mexico.
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If you are considering organizing courses, workshops, seminars, exhibitions or special event, we have a magnificent equipped auditorium on the top floor, with capacity for 200 people.
A multipurpose room of 25 x 5 m. ground floor and a room of 13 x 5 m for temporary exhibitions.
A central courtyard and corridors of 800 m2.
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