A visit to Gate48 in the Riviera Maya is not complete without learning about some history of the region. The Yucatan Peninsula, along with the neighboring states, were once home to the Maya, who left behind many archaeological relics, building and pyramids. The best way to learn about the Mayan civilization in more depth is to pay a visit to the Maya Museum in Cancun. It is one of the most important places in the country to learn about this great civilization who’s presence is still felt in the region. In today’s blog we will tell you about what you can expect to find there and why it may be one of the most important places that you visit during your visit.
The Mayan Museum is full of rare artifacts that have been well preserved, obtained from various parts of the state of Quintana Roo and nearby archaeological sites. These artifacts show the development of the Mayan culture, its’ burial rituals, architecture, and objects used by local inhabitants over a period of two thousand years.
The first exhibition room is designed as a chronological history tour of the archaeology of the Maya. You will learn about the origins of different Mayan cities, see elements of from their architecture, and get to know more about their rituals. This stretches across a time span of two thousand years of their history, right up until the tie of the Spanish conquest of the peninsula, the colonial era that followed, and the caste wars from the 19th century.
When you enter the second room you will learn about the Maya themselves; how they interacted with their environment, their origins, their agricultural and trade activity, the conflicts between the Maya rulers. There is also space dedicated to the information about the Maya calendar and the ball game
The second room of the museum is dedicated to general aspects of Maya civilization; their relationship with the environment, the origin, development and decline of their cities, their economic activities from agriculture to trade, the characteristics of the ruling elites and the wars between them, the most important cultural expressions as writing and the calendar and some of their rituals as their ball game.
Once you reach the final exhibit hall you will find items that are here on a temporary basis which have been loaned here from other museums located around Mexico.
Visitors to the museum also have access to the archaeological site of San Miguelito, accessible via a path found in the lower corridor of the museum. Since the ruins are not extensive they are not well known, consisting of mainly of stone structures that were made with wood and palm rooftops. It takes about 25 minutes to walk around the site, where you will find four sets of structures that had the wooden houses where families once lived during the final years before the arrival of the Spanish. The temple is well preserved, and was once painted red and blue.
The Maya Museum of Cancun ‘s has good accessibility for people with special needs and has many services inside; a shop, bookstore, cafeteria, educational services and nursing packages saved. They are open Tuesday to Sunday, from 9.00am to 6.00pm, hours, at a cost of 70 pesos per person. The Mayan museum of Cancun is located on the boulevard Kukulcan, km 16 in the Cancun hotel zone, next to the hotel Omni.
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