MID City Top Must See Museums in Merida & Progreso

Touring Yucatan is a trip to the very heart of the Mayan civilization where multiple stories will accompany you on a path of culture and learning that is thousands of years old. We went through thirty-one museums in the city, however, this is the list of our top seven. Each one has its own magic and charm, tour times vary from 1 to 3 hours or so, depending on how inspired you are.

Enjoy our list of essential museums in Mérida, Yucatán. Whether you are a tourist or a local, these amazing places will help you enrich your stay and develop your cultural knowledge. We are sure that each corridor will make you fall in love with the multiple works of art and activities that represent the state of Yucatan.

What museums do we recommend you visit during your stay in Mérida Yucatán?

Before starting this adventure, we recommend that you have water, comfortable clothing, and sunscreen on hand. Several museums are located in the city center where you can explore the streets and shops available before reaching your next destination.



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Gran Museo del Mundo Maya (4.6 ★ Google Rating)

It was inaugurated on December 21, 2012, on the day marking the beginning of a new era according to the Mayan calendar. Dedicated to the historical and present-dayMayan cultures, it is a great and spectacular digital museum!


Museo Casa Montejo (4.6 ★ Google Rating)

Casa Montejo was built between 1543 and 1549. Built in a Plateresque style that combined three artistic currents: Gothic, Renaissance and Muslim. Inside the museum you will find art, popular traditions, cultural activities and the history of Yucatan. You will enjoy this journey through history.


Casa Museo Montes Molina (4.7 ★ Google Rating)

Beautiful popular mansion in Mérida, located in Paseo de Montejo. It was rebuilt in 1902 with European furniture, decorations and picturesque gardens. You can request a guided tour to learn about the history of this emblematic place. It is unmissable with gardens that you will fall in love with.


Museo de Antropología e Historia de Mérida - Palacio Cantón (4.6 ★ Google Rating)

This museum was built in the first decade of the 20th century as the family residence of General Francisco Cantón Rosado. General Canton (1833-1917). Inside the museum you will be able to connect with the past, present and visualize the future of the Yucatecan capital. This museum is one of the most popular in the city.


Museo Palacio de la Música (4.8) ★ Google Rating)

Get to know the richness of the musical heritage of Mexico. Eight interactive rooms, auditoriums for concerts and classrooms where the Bachelor of Traditional and Popular Mexican Music is taught. It is one of the most modern museums in the city located in the heart of the Historic Center of Mérida. A combination of technology and musical art!


Museo de Arte Popular (4.7) ★ Google Rating)

Founded in 2007, it has six exhibition rooms where you will find popular art, traditional clothing and the ancient art of weaving in Yucatan. It also has temporary exhibitions that you will love. Get ready for a one-of-a-kind tour.


Museo de la Ciudad (4.6) ★ Google Rating)

Here you will find a large number of objects and artwork that give you insight into great artists and photographers as well as insight into the development of the city. It is a building that houses history and information from the Porfiriato era. This building was inaugurated in 1908 as the Federal Post Office, which in its beginnings had post offices, telegraphs and was the headquarters of the Treasury and District Court. You will love this tour as it has 4 permanent exhibition halls with pre-Hispanic Mayan, colonial and contemporary pieces and objects.


Museo de la luz (4.8) ★ Google Rating)

Discover the mysteries and wonders of color and light in this unique interactive museum. Through sensory experiences and educational exhibitions, you can explore the different facets of light and the secrets of color. One last fact? The Museum of Light is the only one of the museums in Mérida whose administration is under the responsibility of University Autonomo de Mexico (UNAM).

Price: $50 for locals | $60 for nationals | $100 for foreigners – Admission is free on Tuesdays!

Open Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 9 a.m. a 1 p.m. & de 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Address: C. 50 419B, Centro, 97000.


Museo del Meteorito in Progreso (4.1) ★ Google Rating)

The city of Progreso has done a fantastic job with the meteorite museum. They offer a very aesthetic and informational guided tour taking you back to more than 66 million years ago, before the meteorite that changed the course of our planet forever, hit the land right here where we are standing.

The tour takes us through the impact, its devastating aftermath, extinction of the dinosaurs, and to how modern humans discovered that this catastrophic event happened right here.

It’s most definitely worth a visit for all ages.

$350 pesos foreigners

$250 nationals

$150 residents of Yucatán

$0 residents of Progreso

$100 children & adults over 65

Address: C. 19 142, Boulevard Turístico Malecón, 97320 Progreso, Yuc.

Museo Fernando Castro Pacheco (4.8) ★ Google Rating)

The Fernando Castro Pacheco Cultural Center offers a tour through 4 different rooms to discover the great works of this renowned Yucatecan artist. Fernando Castro Pacheco was a prominent Mexican artist, particularly known for his contributions to Yucatecan art. Born in 1918 in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico, Castro Pacheco became renowned for his paintings, murals, and illustrations that often depicted scenes from the history and culture of Yucatán. His works are characterized by vibrant colors, strong symbolism, and a deep connection to the local heritage.

Castro Pacheco’s artistic career spanned several decades, during which he received numerous awards and honors for his artistic achievements. He played a significant role in promoting and preserving the cultural identity of Yucatán through his art.

His legacy continues to be celebrated in Mexico and beyond, with his works displayed in various museums, galleries, and public spaces. Castro Pacheco passed away in 2013, leaving behind a rich artistic legacy that continues to inspire and captivate audiences.

Admission is free

Open hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm and Sundays from 9 am to 5 pm


MACAY (4.5) ★ Google Rating)

The MACAY, perhaps one of the most popular museums in Mérida, is a hub of creativity and artistic expression. It boasts a total of 15 rooms for temporary exhibitions, two galleries, and four permanent exhibition rooms, where the works of three great figures of Yucatecan art are displayed: Fernando Castro Pacheco, Fernando García Ponce, and Gabriel Ramírez Aznar. If you visit Mérida, it’s a must on your itinerary!

Cost: $40 nationals & residents

$60 foreigners

Open: Monday to Saturday 10-2

📍 Pasaje de la Revolución between 58 and 60

The White City Mérida, Yucatán is a place of contrasts, with colonial architecture and museums that will tell you stories of the beginnings and the course that will take Yucatán to a promising future.
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