Monday, November 12, 2012

New Mayan Museum in Cancun

With a budget over the 170 million pesos, the largest, most modern museum by the official Mexican Historical Foundation has opened in Cancun.  The largest museum opened since 1987, it is open to the public and allows Cancun residents and tourists alike to view over 350 archaeological objects from the ancient Mayan world.   
Officially open since November 2nd, the new Mayan wonderworld is the center of attention to those who want to learn more about one of the most recognized cultures on the planet, the ancient Maya.  

The brand new Mayan Museum replaced the former Archaeological Museum in Cancun; which was closed in 2005 after the damages sustained in Hurricane Wilma.
Consisting of three exhibition halls, two are permanent and the other rotates temporary exhibitions various times throughout the year.  

The museum tour begins with the skeletal remains of 14,000 year old artifacts, discovered over the last 12 years in the Tulum underwater caves, offering offer major contributions to research of the first arrivals of man to the American Continent.

Room # 1 is dedicated to the Maya of Quintana Roo.  The first time this display has appeared in public, the content was discovered in 2002  in the cenote of Palmas, and now the artifacts recovered share the name.  The estimated age of  those on display date back to the ice age nearly 10,000 years ago.  This section also provides a chronological journey through a long of the history the state of Quintana Roo, which starts 14,000 years ago.  And then focuses on the Pre-Hispanic Era, from the Pre-Classic Era (350 – 250 a.c.)

Exhibition Hall # 2 concentrates on the cultural diversity of the regions that make up the Central area of the peninsula.  Showing a reverence for Mayan art, architecture and worldview there aer pieces from as far away as the ancient Mayan cities in Palenque, Chiapas, and sculptures and architectural elements from Chichén Itzá, Yucatan as well as engraved bricks from Comalcalco, Tabasco.

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