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All about Museo de la Ciudad de Mérida in Mexico

Updated: April 6, 2024

Main Category: Museums

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Author: Tobias

The City Museum of Mérida is dedicated to the history of the city of Mérida - from its days as a Mayan site to the present. Museo de la Ciudad de Mérida in Mexico is about 1.9km away from Casa Loltún. It is located in the city center of Mérida. You walk a bit longer, but you can easily get there on foot.

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Address:

Museo de la Ciudad de Mérida, Calle 56, Centro, Mérida, Yucatán, Mexiko

Website:

Category:

Museum

Phone:

+52 999 924 4264

Distance:

1.9km from Casa Loltún

Travel Time:

Within the city

Admission:

No entry fee

Price Level:

-

Since:

2007

Google Rating:

average rating is 4.6 out of 5, based on 1536 votes, Ratings

Opening Hours:

• Monday: Closed
• Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
• Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
• Thursday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
• Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
• Saturday: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
• Sunday: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

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Museo de la Ciudad de Mérida

The Museo de la Ciudad de Mérida (Museum of the City of Mérida) is a museum dedicated to the history of the city of Mérida, from its time as a Mayan site of T'Ho to the present.


It shows the pre-Columbian culture, the colonial period, the independence movement, the development in the 19th and 20th centuries as well as contemporary aspects.


Permanent exhibition


The museum hosts exhibitions featuring 150 permanent artifacts, ranging from pieces of significant historical value to archaeological finds. These artifacts are divided among four main rooms.


 
  1. Prehispanic Merida: This room showcases numerous artifacts from ancient Merida, predating the Spanish conquest, including items from the Maya civilization.


  2. Colonial and Novohispanic Merida: Here, visitors encounter objects dating back to Merida's founding period, as well as everyday items, weaponry, and other artifacts reflecting life during the colonial era.


  3. Merida in the 19th and Early 20th Century: This room presents artifacts depicting the city's development, economic growth, and aspects of daily life, education, and politics during this period.


  4. 20th Century: This section features objects representing contemporary life in Merida, highlighting not only the city's culture but also its architecture, sports, and particularly its traditions.

 

Temporary exhibitions


The temporary exhibitions are typically held on the Museum's first floor, featuring diverse visual arts encompassing painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture.


But there are also recordings, photography and video. Additionally, thematic exhibitions are curated to delve deeper into Merida's history.


Activities for children


The museum also offers activities for children. There are sculpting and painting workshops for children and on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 12 noon there is a supervised playground for children aged 6 to 12 (the museum is open on weekends from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm).


The building


The beautiful early 20th century building was a former federal post palace and is also of historical importance. The building was designed and built by the military engineer Salvador Echegaray and it was inaugurated in 1908 by then Governor Enrique Muñoz Aristequi.


With its French influences, it shows - like many of the great buildings from that period - the economic boom at the beginning of the 20th century.


Since June 29, 2007, the building houses the Museum of the City of Mérida. The building itself is therefore a part of the city's history. Before that, the museum was housed in the former Templo San Juan de Dios.


In the surrounding area


Mercado Lucas de Gálvez is directly adjacent to the museum to the south. It is the main market of Mérida. And Mercado de San Benito is directly adjacent to the south. It is the second most important market in Mérida and the largest.


If you want to experience the full range of market life after your visit to the museum, this is definitely the place for you. And Plaza Grande with all its surrounding sights is just two blocks to the northwest.

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