Mayan Museum of Cancun
Mayan Museum of Cancun
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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A rare cultural find in Zona Hotelera, this contemporary museum houses important Mayan artifacts excavated from Quintana Roo and the surrounding Yucatan region.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • nancy g
    19 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mayan Museum
    This is a great little museum - great value for the money and time! There is a small archeological site on the premises that was very informative and interesting! Recommend doing the outdoor portion first (earlier in the day is cooler) and then heading indoors for the air conditioning/exhibits . We were there 2-3 hours! Easily accessible by public transportation in the hotel zone!
    Visited February 2023
    Written 5 March 2023
  • kingofthehill81
    Allen, Texas293 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful History
    My family booked a fishing trip during our trip to Cancun and fishing is not my thing. So I was looking for something to do during the day. I stumbled upon the Mayan Musuem of Cancun and was glad I did. Located a little on the north side of the Hotel Zone I was able to walk from the Marriott Cancun about 25 minutes. Once I arrived I started to notice this was definitely geared towards locals more than tourist which was great. They had maybe 25% of signage in English and 100% signage was in Spanish. Luckily google translate is super easy to use. lol. I absolutely loved the the pottery and history of all the exhibits. It is amazing how things 2000 years old can still be so absolutely beautiful. Walking outside around the ruins was really cool as well. You can feel the history around you. I spent about an hour and a half in the museum but for $5 usd you can not beat the expereince if you love history.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 10 March 2023
  • Amy M
    San Pedro, Belize117 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quite Maya gem centrally located in tourist area. Go before you visit Tulum or Chicen Itzá. It is enlightening..
    This is gem full of history and culture removing you from the touristy world just outside of its walls. As you walk up the spiral ramp to the exhibit area you will begin to enter the fauna that was once all over Cancun. You will hear birds native to the area and see beautiful trees and plants. Inside of the museum you will walk through the Mayan history . Don’t miss the video on the evolving culture of the cities and how Tulum and Chichen Nitza are entertwined with the history of the Yucatán. This is a little gem in the center of a very busy tourist area In the museum you will see many examples of the Maya culture and history thrn outside you will experience a walk through the archeological Site during which you will not be aware of the modern world just outside if it’s mangrove and almond tree walls. Archeological relics lines the cases. Some are in English & Spanish. A guide pamphlet can be purchased in the library for a small fee. rate. After the museum exhibits exit though the Archeological site San Miguelito and take a walk through the fauna. Many native birds and plants can be seen as well as a number of iguanas. The well worn walking path guides one through a Classical Mayan site 1100- 1250.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 March 2023
  • Realjazz
    Ithaca, New York3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get away from the beach and party scene of Cancun hotel zone and learn about Mayan history and culture!
    Walking through the outdoor part of the museum to the impressive pyramid shouldn’t be missed. The site is now called San Miguelito, and was once part of the site just down the road, now called El Rey. Development split/ destroyed the site, but both parts are worth visiting. The indoor museum displays are beautiful and fascinating, with some information in English. We would have loved even more explanation and labeling in Both Spanish and English, and even a museum shop! No shop was quite surprising. It seems like the museum and the El Rey site are under utilized and under appreciated by people visiting Cancun as well as those living in the area.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 2 April 2023
  • Hannah-Marie C
    Wolverhampton, United Kingdom266 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful small museum full of interesting facts/information about the Mayan culture and history!
    Beautiful local museum full of interesting facts/historical information relating to the original Mayan culture/history. Only small in size with both inside/outside exhibits - historical architecture, stone buildings/settlements, clay/pottery pieces, beaded jewellery items and sabertooth skeletons. We really enjoyed our visit, the whole museum only takes a few hours (1-3 hours total) for both internal/external exhibits. It costs 90 pesos per person and is well worth the cost. Wish that more of the inside items/exhibits had the information in both English and Spanish - however most or the external exhibit information and bigger historical history is translated in English. You can use Google translate to gather more individual information, however being honest while exploring the outside exhibits both myself and my partner were bitten loads by midges/insects and so were quite inpatient when exploring inside exhibits due to being uncomfortable! Would definitely recommend fellow travellers to ensure they have mosquito/insect repellent on when visiting despite this being in the early morning around 9:30am. There are also plenty of seating points/benches in the outside exhibits if individuals need to take regular breaks due to poor mobility as well as plenty of natural wildlife residing here. We managed to spot plenty of iguanas, lizards, birds and a few snakes; which we really enjoyed!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 May 2023
  • Lisa C
    Hobart, Indiana2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bring your bug spray!
    It was hot with lots of mosquitos. I wish they had more signs in English inside the museum. The walk outside was hot and buggy but the pyramid was worth it, as were the numerous iguana sightings. I enjoyed it. If you are into Mayan history, it's worth it. if you're not, you probably wouldn't enjoy it.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 June 2023
  • Gregory E
    Walt Disney World, Florida7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great easy place to see Mayan artifacts.
    I love Mayan history so it was a special experience to see artifacts for my first time. Chitzen Itza came next day. I love the low crowds just a sprinkling of people. Well worth the time especially if the temps are below searing level like I endured.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 August 2023
  • Fennec
    Toronto, Canada201 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mesoamerican History minutes away from your resort.
    Incredible to believe the entry is only 12$US. There is so much to read and learn. So much mesoamerican history oozing from the walls and displays. We were lucky enough to be there when they had the Humo Sagrado (Sacred Smoke) art display. It was moving artwork with thought provoking pieces. Pack your mosquito repellent because you'll need it for your walk through the archeological paths. The pyramids and structures may be small compared to what youll see on Tulum or Chichen Itza, but they are just as mighty in man-made marvel.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 October 2023
  • Mike X
    Chicago, Illinois2,023 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you're in the area
    Really small couple of exhibits that you'll be in and out of within 30 minutes. Downstairs is actually some ruins to check out. If you're in the area already, might be a nice detour but it may not be worth an Uber ride just to see it.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 November 2023
  • Amanda226
    San Francisco, California45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden Gem of a Museum in Cancun Hotel Zone! Bring Bug Spray
    This museum is located right in the Hotel Zone of Cancun among the resorts, and is absolutely worth the trip! It is an unassuming place and not a large museum, but it only costs 90 pesos per person (~$5 American) for entry and is worth so much more! It takes about 1.5 hours to go through and includes amazing colorful statues of mythical creatures and an outdoor trail where you can see historic Mayan ruins. There is a pyramid and several foundations. Unlike at Chichen Itza and Tulum (both of which we visited as well and loved), this museum features the houses of "regular" Mayan citizens, which I had not seen before. You can see and go very close to their steps and cooking areas, among other things, and see how the other half lived! Just a warning: Since the trail is basically through tropical rainforest, bring bug spray, as the mosquitoes were very bad. However, it didn't dent our enjoyment! Also visit the gift shop, which is full of truly unique gifts that aren't the standard "souvenirs" you can get down the street at the flea market.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 December 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We found a local tour guide who took my family to the ruins at El Rey before heading to the museum. I had no idea there would be more ruins right on the grounds. There is a very clear slightly raised and shaded path and they just get more impressive with each turn. Inside we found some artifacts from El Rey that our guide had told us about while there. Combining the two and going with someone knowledgeable made all the difference and my 8 year old twins learned so much.
We found him thru his Instagram: adriancaveguide
Written 27 February 2024
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Richnutt
Hinckley, MN41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Nice little Museum. Most displays are in Spanish only with a few in English so bring your Google Translate. It’s a bit of a walk to the ruins associated with the museum and don’t forget your bug spray the mosquitos are terrible.
Written 22 February 2024
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Paul B
Hamilton, Canada6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is a small but very worthwhile museum. It has a wonderful collection of Mayan artefacts with explanatory panels that give you some insight into the amazing history and culture of this once great civilization. After the museum, you should take the walk to the ruins of San Miguelito. It’s not very long, but it’s very interesting
The cost to enter the museum and the ruins is low and the service people in the little gift shop are very nice. It’s easy to take public transit from the city or the Hotel Zone to the museum and the cost is only 10 pesos! An interesting and informative little day trip!
Written 18 February 2024
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EddieTdot
Toronto, Canada69 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
If you are in a family resort vacation in Cancun and you don't have time to travel to any of the main Mayan sites or Museums in other parts of Mexico, then this place is a nice little gem to spend an hour in. There is a very small museum and some ruins outside.
Written 11 February 2024
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Val M
Lincoln, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Lovely little museum which helped us understand the history of the Mayan civilisation and culture. Great grounds, lots of great exhibits and really affordable entry fee. Walking distance from our hotel in the Cancun Hotel Zone
Written 10 February 2024
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Lindsey S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Beautiful museum, lots of exhibits and ruins exploration site. Great for families, accessible by bus no transportation needed and reasonably priced
Written 30 January 2024
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Jaime RW
Baltimore, MD68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Great little museum! Inside has lots of artifacts from around the region - clay pots, ornate jade jewelry, incense/funeral items, large blocks w carvings, statues, etc. - signs under each artifact are in Spanish, but major signage plaques at each area are in both English and Spanish so you can understand the history/artifact descriptions in each section. The history of the civilizations timelines and maps were fascinating. $5usd entrance free very worth it. We took the bus down from N Cancún, very easy to navigate and museum was steps away from bus stop. Bus cost 12 pesos.
The grounds outside were pleasant to walk through, there’s a path through the tropical forest that winds through the ruins discovered in that area, a very nice meandering walk amongst gorgeous foliage. There are huge kapok trees everywhere, grounds are meticulously kept. The way they efficiently rake the leaves around the paths reminded us of a Japanese zen garden.
Written 18 January 2024
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John F
Pasadena, MD11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Very well curated museum in the middle of the hotel district. Quite surprised at how large the property was, given the surrounding commercialization of the entire city. Nice examples of artifacts over time. Amazing to see the cultural growth of the civilization.

The outside ruins were fantastic—- do not skip. Pathway was fairly easy to navigate. Just watch out for the iguanas sunbathing wherever they please. Some were quite big.

Small gift shop. Not much there of interest.

Plan on around 2-3 hours for your visit, more if you’re really interested in Mayan culture.

Easy to get to from within the hotel zone. You can use either the R1 or R2 bus that comes by every 5 min. Cheap at 12 mxn pesos/pp per trip.
Written 9 January 2024
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Douglas M
Kennesaw, GA91 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Very interesting small museum with remains of small Mayan village attached. Great place for a rainy day.
Written 3 January 2024
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Miltonofsh
Montreal, Canada10 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The place is so worn out. Not worth a visit. It has two parts, first is an exhibition hall. Second part is a maya ruin, which is mediocre,the El Ray not far from is a much better option.
Written 2 January 2024
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