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“A double reason for visiting this museum”

Museo de Trajes Regionales
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Owner description: An important private collection of traditional Mayan textiles which were given to the owner, Sergio Castro, in thanks for his tireless work for the people of Chiapas. The exhibit includes very rare ceremonial costumes from many communities in Chiapas and are a sign of the high esteem the people have for Don Sergio.Personal tours can be arranged by calling Sergio Castro and scheduling an appointment. Tours are conducted in English, French, Italian and Spanish.Visitors are asked to make a donation to help support Sergio Castro's work of building schools and clean water systems and providing wound care to people with serious burns. Sergio does not accept money from the people he helps and instead uses donations from visitors to the museum to buy building materials and medical supplies
Reviewed 24 August 2013

First, it has one of the best displays of regional dress around and Sergio Castro gives a talk about his collection in 4 languages. But the best thing is that the museum is a way to fund and disseminate information about Sr. Castro's work: He has dedicated his life to helping others. His primary work involves treatment of burn victims who usually live in the surrounding mountain communities and have no access to health care. He does all his work for free. He is also involved in many other charitable projects. Please see the documentary film "The Andalón" for more information about this selfless individual. I run a non-profit organization that works with indigenous women in Chiapas, and when I lead a group I always make sure we go to Sergio's museum and lend support.

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Reviewed 12 August 2013

I went for a tour at the museum with a few people from my school. Sergio has put together a very impressive collection of the traditional clothing from the surrounding villages and towns. His presentation was thoughtful as he spoke of the history, religion, traditions, clothing and modern problems of the regional towns. He does more than run this little museum. He helps people and towns with wells, schools, playgrounds, water filters and healing. While our group was there, two women and two little children came in for help. He tended to them and gave them some supplies. All funded by himself. Please make sure to leave a donation. There is a tiny little donation box in one of the rooms but he does not ask visitors to make a donation. I would contact him ahead of time to see if he needs anything ie. sterilized gloves, ointments, etc. Next time, I will make sure I bring him some supplies. You must call ahead to make arrangements. It really is worth the visit. It was a very touching experience. He is a very special person.

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Reviewed 22 June 2013

The best part of this small museum is Don Sergio Castro's presentation -- we learned so much about the people and culture of Chiapas from him.

Thank 93Kirstin
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Reviewed 20 June 2013

Don Sergio Castro's museum of traditional clothing provides an experience you won't find anywhere else in Chiapas. All the items were given by given by grateful indigenous families during his 5+ decades of service to the poor here. He started as a veterinarian and agronomist and is now providing specialized burn and wound treatments in a large area around San Cristobal for free. His insight into the local culture and his fascinating clinic are worth any donation you decide to give at the end. For more information about him, the movie El Andalon, and his work, please visit: www.yokchij.org

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Reviewed 7 June 2013

The lady we stayed with highly recommended this Museo, as the owner has devoted his life in improving the health & injured of the indigenous people. Although small in size & casually set up, the variety of local dressing from different village will still be very impressive. Please make sure you stay till the end to give donations in a box (he doesn't charge entry fee) in the end room. You are required to make booking before you turn up, the guided tour is around early dinner time, I imagine you can look up his phone numbers. (our host called for us)

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