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“Artworks in Amber”
Review of Museo del Ambar

Museo del Ambar
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Owner description: This small amber museum has a cheap gift shop with various objects made from amber.
Reviewed 10 October 2013

The wall-hung explanation & history panels are only in Spanish. The best works of art in amber are here, for sure. The lighting is not very good. There is an interesting video at the back of the displays on polishing amber (finishing touches are done with Brasso and a Styrofoam block). For a better history & explanation of amber, with better lighting, go see the museum at Lilia Mijangos on Mazariegos, it's also covered here in Tripadvisor.

Thank Ken A
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

Everything you want to know about amber: what it is, how it is found, how to know if it is authentic, how to polish it, and some very fine examples of jewelry and small carvings.

Thank Enrique C
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Reviewed 5 September 2013

The Museo del Ambar occupies a part of the ex-convento of La Merced which, at one point in San Cristobal's history, was used as a jail. The displays are well-designed and, and you can see the objects from all sides and some even offer a magnifier. The visitor learns a lot about amber around the world but especially about amber in Chiapas from its use as tribute during the precolonial era to contemporary art pieces The descriptions are primarily in Spanish, so if you don't read that language ask for help from a guide. Some of the carved pieces are exquisite. I also enjoyed the short films about identifying fake amber and how amber is polished. Definitely visit if you're thinking about buying a piece of amber while you're in San Cristobal- you'll be more confident about your purchase.

Thank VivaMexicoLiz
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

I bought my first piece of amber from the Smithsonian Museum and knew nothing about what I was buying.

After visiting this museum, and in such a wonderful setting, I now feel that I can buy amber with confidence. The presentation of the amber as well as the video was professionally done.

There was no pressure to buy in the gift shop and the staff was more than willing to try to help me and answer my questions.

Thank seniorbackpacker67
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Reviewed 17 May 2013

They have a specimen of what looks like a giant mosquito in amber. there is a microscope set up with a light so you can easily see it.

Thank CountryHarvestUSA
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