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“Absolutely worth your time”

Museo de Arte Popular
Ranked #20 of 116 things to do in Merida
Certificate of Excellence
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Europe
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Absolutely worth your time”
Reviewed 25 July 2014 via mobile

This is a small but lovely museum 10 minute walking time from the main square (Zocalo) and Cathedral, on the corner of a little sleepy square. The museum is free and only comprises 7 rooms for the permanent collection + 2 rooms for special exhibits, and so will not take you more than 45 minutes. While by no means exhaustive (Mexican crafts being so rich they could fill hundreds of rooms) it does provide a very nice selection or sample of some of Mexico's (not just Yucatan, but the entire country) best and richest crafts in fabrics and linens, ceramic, woodwork, etc. It makes you want to see more and gives you a better appreciation of the work that goes into the many "artesanias" you may come across your travels through the country.

Visited July 2014
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Portland, Oregon
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Phenomenal, an apt rendering of the best folk art the region has to offer”
Reviewed 31 May 2014

Unbelievably sweet and friendly docent who did not speak a word of English, but was adorable. This museum is a gem. It was my only not-to-miss destination and I was correct in that assumption.

Finely crafted textiles, embroidery, weaving, basketry and hats, carvings, masks, and ceramics of every style, including a large and breathtaking exhibit of Majolica. There was a fantastic documentary in that room that showed the artists working literally from a pile of mud on the floor. After having seen workers doing same on side of a building the day before, it was very impressive to see the fine results.

Folk art doesn't always have the power or social commentary of other types of art, but I love to see how charmingly everyday life is captured in a scene of terra cotta "dolls", for example, at a funeral.

Visited May 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
362 reviews
117 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
“Lovely FREE museum underwritten by Banamex”
Reviewed 17 May 2014 via mobile

This small museum contains a wide range if first class costumes and artifacts from all over the country. It is sadly underutilized as we were the only guests to visit one day. Well worth a trip if you are in the vicinity.

Visited May 2014
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Portland, Maine
Level 6 Contributor
189 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
“Amazing artistic skills are on display.”
Reviewed 15 May 2014 via mobile

This museum is free and it is quite interesting. Some of the pieces show the most amazing detail. There are some quintessential works that represent Mexico. There were many styles that were unfamiliar to us as well. It was very colorful.

Visited April 2014
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Level 6 Contributor
189 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“If you love folk art, you will love this place”
Reviewed 14 April 2014

Don't need to be big to be great. A great cross-section of fine Mexican folk art. Do not miss the Nativity Room off the entrance and the amazing piece that appears to be fine stitch work but is actually thousands of tiny feathers. Upstairs, the galleries have some of the finest Mexican ceramic work I've seen. The staff is really helpful and gracious, and the building is lovely too!

If the gift shop had a better selection, I could have been in trouble.

Visited March 2014
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