1. Gran Museo del Mundo Maya

Gran Museo del Mundo Maya. Photograph by Lauren & Alberto Lama.

Opened in 2012, Gran Museo del Mundo Maya (the Great Museum of the Mayan World) offers a comprehensive overview of Maya history across the centuries, spanning pre-Hispanic, colonial and post-colonial times. The building’s exterior is shaped like a ceiba, a sacred tree believed to connect the heavens to the earth and underworld. 

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2. Casa Montejo

Casa Montejo. Photograph by Lauren & Alberto Lama.

The 16th-century family home of the founder of Mérida, Francisco de Montejo y León, Casa Montejo houses four rooms furnished in Victorian, neo-rococo and neo-Renaissance styles. Most of the home’s furniture and artwork belonged to the Montejo family, who lived in the residence until at least the 19th century. 

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3. Museo de Arte Popular de Yucatán

Museo de Arte Popular de Yucatán. Photograph by Lauren & Alberto Lama.

The Museo de Arte Popular de Yucatán is a treasure trunk filled with colourful Mexican crafts including hand-woven textiles, tree of life sculptures, ceramics, papier mâché dolls and alebrijes (sculptures). Though the name implies a focus on the Yucatecan, the displays reflect the rich wealth of craftsmanship found across Mexico.

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4. Museo Fernando García Ponce-Macay

Museo Fernando Garcia Ponce-Macay. Photograph by Lauren & Alberto Lama.

As one of the only contemporary art museums in the Yucatán Peninsula, Museo Fernando García Ponce-Macay showcases paintings, drawings, installations and sculptures from the 20th and 21st centuries. Included in its collection are works by the Mérida-born painter Fernando Castro Pacheco, abstract painter Gabriel Ramírez Aznar and collage artist Fernando García Ponce. 

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[This story appears in the February 2020 edition of WestJet Magazine.]

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