Museum of Mayan Culture (Quintana Roo)
Opening its doors since 1994, the museum of Mayan culture is divided into eight areas comprising a broad period of this civilization.
Since its expansion in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize, their relationship with nature, architecture and urban development, trade, interaction with other cultures and the Spanish conquistadors, they are some of its main themes. A place that will change your vision in relation to this civilization.
Some notable areas to discover:
The 2nd area is mainly Maya and their interaction with the nature, including the sea and mountainous areas.
The 3rd area presents their cities and architecture. You will learn about its urban development, its buildings, etc.
The 4th area is about the Mayas and established trade around its entire sphere of influence. You will also discover their economic activities, including hunting, farming, fishing and much more.
The 6th area is probably one of the most interesting ones as it explains the science developed by the Mayas including our calendar, solar system and astronomy in general, mathematics and writing system.
The 7th area is about the relationship that the Maya people developed with other communities around the world, such as the Teotihuacan and the Toltec etc.
The 8th area explains the disappearance of the Maya, it’s first meeting with the Spanish settlers, the prophecies that the Maya priests made about these events and the end of their world.
The museum is found in Chetumal, just a few blocks from Hotel Holiday Inn as a landmark. Chetumal is situated on the border with Belize, and can visited easily by bus from local Cancun, Tulum and Playa del Carmen. Traveling from Tulúm is 4 hours. We suggest that you use taxis within Chetumal.
The Museum is open from 9:00a.m. until 7:00pm, but Friday and Saturday closes at 8:00p.m .. There are guides at hand at the museum entrance. Chetumal is the capital of the state of Quintana Roo and is very close to Belize. It is an ideal place to begin the exploration of the Mayan World.