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All about Casa Museo Montes Molina in Mérida, Mexico

Updated: April 6, 2024

Main Category: Museums

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Author: Tobias

The Casa Museo Quinta Montes Molina is the only one in the city that remains in its original state. Casa Museo Montes Molina in Mérida, Mexico is only 1.2km away from Casa Loltún. It is located in the city center of Mérida, so you can comfortably stroll the short distance. The admission fee for foreign adults is about 85MXN. Different prices may apply for residents or children.

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Address:

Quinta Montes Molina, Paseo de Montejo 469, Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., México

Website:

Category:

Museum

Phone:

+52 999 925 5999

Distance:

1.2km from Casa Loltún

Travel Time:

Within the city

Admission:

Mex$ 85

Price Level:

Inexpensive

Since:

1902

Google Rating:

average rating is 4.7 out of 5, based on 2649 votes, Ratings

Opening Hours:

• Monday: 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
• Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
• Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
• Thursday: 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
• Friday: 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
• Saturday: 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
• Sunday: 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

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Casa Museo Montes Molina

Casa Museo Quinta Montes Molina was completed around 1902 and is still in its original state. The Quinta Montes Molina is a representative building, located in the very best location directly on Paseo de Montejo.


It is diagonally across from the abonded Casa Duarte Molina. Montes Molina was built in the neoclassical style of the Porfiriato period and the great Hennequen boom in the Yucatán. One of the men made rich by the hennequen boom was Don Aurelio Portuondo y Barceló.


He was originally from Havana, Cuba. He married in Mérida and his father-in-law gave the bride and groom a piece of land as a wedding gift. It was on this land that La Quinta was built. In 1915 it was purchased by the Montes Molina family, who lived in it for four generations.


Museum operations and events


Today Casa Museo Quinta Montes Molina has its doors open to the public and operates as a museum. You can see how families lived in the city at that time.


It is not one of the largest, but certainly one of the most beautiful villas in Mérida and in excellent condition. It also houses a store with high quality regional handicrafts.


La Quinta Montes Molina can also be booked for events or business meetings, as well as for filming or photo shoots. Especially for weddings it is a popular place.


Due to the extensive garden area, there is room for up to 400 people. Apart from its own website, Casa Museo Quinta Montes Molina ist also present on Facebook and Instagram.


Ghost stories


As in some old mansions, there are also ghost stories about La Quinta Montes Molina. One of the most famous stories refers to the ghost of a woman in a white dress. This spirit is often described as a friendly and peaceful presence.


Visitors and employees of the property have claimed to have seen the woman in various parts of the house and in the gardens. The spirit is often interpreted as an apparition of a former resident or historical figure, although it is not clear which historical person or resident it might be.


However, there are also reports of unexplained knocking noises, footsteps, and sometimes even faint voices. These sounds are often heard in the quiet hours of the night or in abandoned parts of the house.


As is common in similar cases, some visitors and employees of the property have also noticed that the temperature in certain areas of the house can drop suddenly, even when it is warm outside, and that items placed in one location sometimes inexplicably disappear and reappear in another location.

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