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Palacio Canton

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Address: Merida, Mexico
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+52 999 923 0557
08:00 - 17:00
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Once the home of General Francisco Canton Rosada, this building now houses...

Once the home of General Francisco Canton Rosada, this building now houses artifacts and memorabilia as the Anthropology Museum.

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This IS the museum, just to clarify it for others...

I was a bit confused when we arrived here because I didn't realize that the museum is in this building. I loved the museum and the Palacio (I reviewed the museum separately, but a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 December 2016
Denver, Colorado
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

I was a bit confused when we arrived here because I didn't realize that the museum is in this building. I loved the museum and the Palacio (I reviewed the museum separately, but a great contrast between the Mayan ruin artifacts on display and the Palacio itself). Don't know why there are two separate listings here on TripAdvisor, but wanted... More 

Thank ChipTravel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Beautiful museum of anthropology and history of Yucatan, a must if you come to Merida. It combines the architecture of the late nineteenth century with the history of Mayan culture, very pleasant experience.

Thank KarolaRS
Merida, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

This museum is always a delight. The architecture alone is a reason to go, a mansion from Meridas golden age that is quite awe inspiring, what a way to live! The exhibits change and are always a well presented, in-depth look into the culture of the yucatan from the maya to the hispanic traditions. We live here and make sure... More 

Thank John J
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

This is a must.. It's a beautiful structure that has been converted to a museum. It's interesting to see the French influence of the building and you would do yourself a favor by hiring a guide to walk you through the exhibit they have in place. The guides also can fill you in on the families which used to reside... More 

Thank Renee760
Astoria, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

Supurb building. The Palacio Canton was built as a single family home, then became the Anthropology Museum. However with building the new Maya Museum but is now a separate museum in its own right. When I was there in February they had a wonderful temporary exhibit on the Maya with 280 pieces brought in from all around Mexico. It was... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016

Not sure what I was expecting but this museum was very small. Takes about 15 minutes to see everything. I would skip it unless you have time to kill. Only a handful of exhibits, mostly Mayan fabrics and clothing

Thank Solplayaarena
Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2016

Very interesting museum about Mayas in the Yucatan. Learn a lot about their culture with nice explicative boards (english + spanish), beautiful sculpture and mayas objects. Not too big but good place to visit

Thank Augustinfb
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2016

I really enjoyed this museum. It is small and accessible. Entry is 55 pesos. Most signage is in Spanish, but I was able to follow it. I loved the juxtaposition between the old home – all the ceiling mouldings and so on – and the Mayan relics. The space also felt oddly modern in some ways. Definitely worthwhile to see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016 via mobile

The TripAdvisor listings are confusing. This Palacio is exactly the same facility as the Anthropology Museum. It has not been stripped. It is still an anthropology museum, a beautiful one. If it ever stopped being the an anthropology museum, that decision has been reversed. As a result, your ability to appreciate the interior of the mansion is limited, but be... More 

Thank wynnetrav
Panama City, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2016

I strongly suggest hiring a guide, who is available to you in the entrance. All the signs and descriptions are in Spanish.the displays are beautiful and done in a logical Order. I learned so much about the Mayan culture. The tour takes about one hour

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