As you plan your trip, we’d like to recommend 5 of the coolest attractions in Cancun for lovers of interactive learning that won’t take up your whole day and still give you lots of beach and pool bar time. Culture, history and nature, pick your favorite Cancun museum!
Planning a vacation and looking for things to do in Cancun can be overwhelming! Extreme adventures, nightlife, history, nature, underwater fun, adventures in the jungle, a week is never enough to experience all that Cancun and the Riviera Maya has to offer.
Museo Maya de Cancun – Mayan Museum Cancun
The Mayan museum in Cancun opened its doors in 2012 in the heart of Cancun’s hotel zone. Home to a large collection of artifacts from the ancient Maya civilization, it’s a gorgeous Cancun museum designed by architect Alberto García Lascurain. The collections focus on the history of the state of Quintana Roo and the archaeological discoveries of the region and the Mayan civilization as a whole.
Visitors at the Mayan museum in Cancun will enjoy getting up close to these ancient pieces and learning all about the history and culture of this fascinating time. With two permanent galleries and one that hosts special exhibits and temporary displays, this Cancun museum shows you another world and time with their thoughtful exhibits.
You can even see the remains of the “Mujer de las Palmas”, “Woman of the Palms”, the skeleton found in a cenote near Tulum and believed to have lived in the region over 10,000 years ago! After admiring the galleries of this interesting Cancun museum, guests can wander the grounds of the San Miguelito ruins, a small archaeological site hidden away in the hotel zone of Cancun!
MUSA Cancun Underwater Museum
This unique art installation was created in 2009 by sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor. The striking sculptures were lowered into the shallow waters near Cancun to create an artificial reef. Now with over 500 sculptures, MUSA has become a popular attraction for scuba divers, snorkelers and even non-swimmers who can enjoy the display of the underwater Cancun Museum from a glass-bottomed boat.
Cancun Wax Museum
The first wax museum in Cancun has opened its doors in Plaza La Isla shopping center in the hotel zone. With more than 25 scenes and 100 famous characters, the Museo de Cera Cancun or Cancun Wax Museum will delight the whole family.
Get photos with your favourite celebrities from Elvis to Einstein in this fun Cancun Museum experience. Open daily from 10 am to 10 pm, it’s a perfect place to escape the heat of the midday sun or spend a rainy afternoon with the family.
Cancun Interactive Aquarium
Located in Plaza la Isla, the Cancun Interactive Aquarium takes a hands-on approach to learning about our oceans and the marine life that inhabits the underwater world. With over 1000 species of marine creatures under its care, this Cancun museum invites guests of all ages to discover the magic found beneath the waves.
Immerse yourself in their world in a SeaTrek Aquarium adventure or a Cancun dolphin swim for an epic experience and be amazed by the incredible creatures of the deep. This Cancun aquarium is wonderful for all ages, a family-friendly adventure!
Cancun Planetarium Ka’Yok’
The planetarium in Cancun opened its doors in 2013 and has become a welcoming attraction for school children, adults and visiting scientists. With an observatory, a dome for digital projections, virtual reality and a museum of water, it’s a great way to spend an afternoon with the family learning about our planet and our universe.
Located in downtown Cancun, it’s just behind the “main” Walmart and is easily accessible to all. Each month brings new workshops and lectures, there’s always something cosmic happening at the Cancun planetarium!
We encourage everyone to get out and enjoy every Cancun museum available, we’re more than just beaches and nightclubs! Experience a little culture, learn something new and share unique experiences with the ones you love on your next Cancun vacation.
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