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Mexican Museum / Museo Mexicano
Mexican Museum Playa del Carmen

The Museo Mexicano is the first museum in Playa del Carmen. It first opened its doors on March 25, 2003. The museum offers visitors the chance to gain a better appreciation of the customs, traditions, and lifestyles of the Mexican people from the Yucatan Peninsula and elsewhere in Mexico. The majority of the museum inhabits a single, large room filled with exhibits from different periods of Mexican culture. As you enter, you are first presented with the three green crosses the Mayan’s called “Las Tres Cruces de San Juan Chamula” (The Three Crosses from San Juan Chamula). The village of San Juan Chamula is located in the state of Chiapas and is still inhabited by the native Mexicans whose descendents first wore the crosses as charms for protection. The crosses represent life, death, and the heavens.

Of special note is the Altar del Dia de Muertos (The Altar of all Dead People), which Mexicans traditionally display only on the 1st and 2nd of November. The altar is used to welcome spirits of loved ones who are now dead. Food, water, flowers and candles are placed on the altar as offerings to help make the spirits’ long journey to our world easier. There is also a separate room with a scale model of a capilla (chapel) from La Iglesia de San Juan Chamula (The Church of San Juan Chamula). The Indians who built the church fused their beliefs with those of Catholicism. Worshipers saw Jesus as the sun, and Mary as the moon. The traditional music and the smell of incense make the experience even warmer and more calming. The museum also has exhibits dedicated to children and national heroes, masks used in rituals and celebrations from all around Mexico, coin collections, plants used by shamans to heal people, fruits and grains native to Mexico, copies of some archaeological pieces, and more.

The Museo Mexicano is open from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday through Saturday and 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Sundays. The owner, Alfonso Rocha Cortez, offers guided tours in Spanish, English, French or Italian. There is an entrance fee of $60 pesos (US$6) for adults. Children under 12 are free. The museum is located in the heart of Playa del Carmen on Calle 6 by Avenida 25, just four blocks from the beach.