AAA Editor Notes
Museum of the Mayan World (Gran Museo del Mundo Maya) is about 12 km (7 mi.) n. of downtown on Calle 60/Mex. 261 to Calle 60 #299E. The dramatically contemporary building houses four permanent exhibition halls showcasing a collection of replicas of Mayan artifacts, from religious relics to ancient stone sculptures and gold and jade objects. Each hall focuses on a different theme: The Mayans, Nature and Culture; Mayans of Today; Yesterday's Mayans; and Ancient Mayans.
Most of the displays have background information in Spanish. One of the galleries features rotating exhibits. A highlight is the spectacular, five-act sound-and-light show shown in the MAYAMAX Theater, which depicts the creation of the Mayan world. On Tuesdays, when the museum is closed, the show is projected on the outside wall at 9 p.m.
Note: The museum is north of downtown; if you don't have a car, the easiest way to get there is by bus. Yellow “Mini 2000” buses travel up and down Calle 60; look for one with the destinations Xcumpich, Tapetes or Komchen on the windshield, and ask the driver to announce the museum stop.