In recent months, thanks to the latest editions of the Noche Blanca (White Night), I’ve had the opportunity to rediscover some museums in our city after years of not visiting them. I was pleasantly surprised to find that these seemingly static sites are actually a source of constantly evolving resources.


Let me share with you some information about the talks, workshops, screenings, and exhibitions that regularly take place in three of Mérida’s museums.



As you may know, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Ateneo de Yucatán (MACAY) houses the permanent collections of three Yucatecan painters: Fernando Castro Pacheco, Gabriel Ramírez Aznar, and Fernando García Ponce.


In addition to these exhibits, MACAY also hosts various activities within its premises. These include free painting and drawing workshops for children that take place on the last Saturdays of each month.


The museum also produces a weekly podcast in collaboration with visual arts students, aiming to create conversations around art and culture with different guests. You can listen to ‘Chisme-Arte’ on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, YouTube, Amazon Music, and Google Podcasts.



Pasaje de la Revolución x 58 y 60, Mérida
IG: @museo_macay
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm
Free admission


Gran Museo del Mundo Maya (Great Museum of the Maya World)

One thing I love about this museum is that it takes you on an interactive journey throughout its permanent exhibition. Through projections, digital activities, illustrations, and graphics, you can immerse yourself in the fascinating history of Maya culture.


To delve deeper into the permanent exhibition, you’re invited to join the guided tours held every Saturday and Sunday at 11 am (in English) and 12 pm (in Spanish).



Kids can enjoy free activities in the Reading Room every Saturday at 10 am, and participate in educational workshops held every Saturday and Sunday at 11 am.


Calle 60 Norte #299-E, Unidad Revolución, Mérida
FB: Gran Museo del Mundo Maya de Mérida
IG: @granmuseomaya
Wed. – Mon.  9 am – 5 pm
Admission fees: 
– Foreign visitors: $150 pesos
– National adults: $100 pesos
– Yucatecan adults: $50 pesos
– Children aged 4 to 13, students, teachers, seniors, and people with disabilities: $25 pesos
– Free admission for children under 3, INAH personnel, and ICOM members
– Free admission for Yucatán residents on Sundays


Museo Palacio Cantón (Regional Museum of Anthropology)

Since 2012, the pieces from its permanent exhibition became part of Gran Museo del Mundo Maya. Nowadays, Museo Regional de Antropología Palacio Cantón serves as the venue for important temporary exhibitions that are regularly rotated. The two current exhibitions, “Ek’ Balam Polifónico” and ‘Ídolos, Persistencias y Resistencias’, left me amazed.


“Ek’ Balam Polifónico” enhances the voices of those who were part of this powerful Maya city, from its ancient founders to the archaeologists who brought its legacy to the present era.


On the other hand, “Ídolos, Persistencias y Resistencias” explores the value of deities for the Maya civilization and their resilience in the face of adversity, emphasizing the impact of the Spanish conquest through a recounting of the auto da fe in Maní.



The museum hosts a series of conferences and workshops related to each of its exhibitions. Stay updated on their upcoming events by following them on social media.


Paseo Montejo #485, Mérida
FB: Museo Palacio Cantón
IG: @mpalaciocanton
Tue. – Sun. 8 am – 5 pm
Admission fee: $90
Free admission for children under 13 years old, students, teachers, and senior citizens. 
Free admission for Mexican citizens on Sundays



By Regina Zumárraga
Communicologist specialized in food and product photography. I’m passionate about learning about the culture and gastronomy of different places. In my free time, you can find me at the beach.


Photography by Gobierno del Estado, Yucatán Today, Regina Zumárraga, and Olivia Camarena for its use in Yucatán Today.

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