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Discover the Rich Cultural Heritage of the Chichen Itza Museum: Coming Soon

28 Mar, 2023

A new museum at Chichén Itzá, the ancient Mayan complex located in the north of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, will showcase some of the region’s latest archaeological discoveries, including some found during excavation work for the controversial Tren Maya (Maya Train) project.

The INAH also recently said it would open an area of Chichén Itzá, called Chichén Viejo, that was previously closed to tourists. Earlier this year, archaeologists discovered an ancient elite housing complex there.

Chichen Itza Museum: Coming Soon

Video posted by INAH on their YouTube channel of artistic renderings of the proposed museum and visitor center.

Exciting tidings for history aficionados and globetrotters alike! The much-awaited unveiling of the Chichen Itza Museum is imminent, providing a distinctive opportunity for visitors to delve into the prolific cultural legacy of the time-honored Mayan civilization. As a UNESCO World Heritage site, the previous Chichen Itza museum showcased a plethora of relics such as intricate carvings, pottery, sculptures, and tools, offering a glimpse into the captivating world of the Mayans. This time, the NEW museum will particularly showcase artifacts discovered during the Tren Maya excavations.

Diego Prieto, the director of the INAH, divulged scant information about the museum's particulars, such as the identities of its overseers and its projected expenses. INAH had earlier mentioned that nearly MX265m ($14.4m) would be reserved for the Chichen Itza Museum's construction, along with a new visitor center and restoration of about 23 historical structures within the complex.

Carlos Esperón, the director of the Maya Museum in Cancún, located in the neighboring state of Quintana Roo, conveyed that the endeavor could span two years. Once the preliminary survey of the location is finished, the project would be executed at a leisurely pace due to the groundwork that needs to be laid.

The History and Significance of the Chichen Itza Museum

Preserving the Past for the Future

The Chichen Itza Museum stands as a testament to the Mayan civilization's enduring legacy and its impact on the history of Mexico and the world. It serves as a valuable resource for historians, archeologists, and scholars, preserving the customs, beliefs, and way of life of the Mayans for future generations to explore and learn from.

The Artifacts and Exhibits of the Chichen Itza Museum

A World of Wonder Awaits

Visitors to the Chichen Itza Museum can expect to be dazzled by the intricate beauty and diversity of its exhibits. From the Chac Mool sculpture used in sacrificial rituals to the stunning Mayan codices that provide insight into the Mayan writing system and the Mayan Calendar, the museum's collection is a feast for the eyes and the mind.

In addition to artifacts discovered at Chichén Itzá, the new museum will likely showcase a selection of items unearthed during construction on the Maya Train.

Exploring the Chichen Itza Museum

A Journey Through Time and Culture

As visitors explore the museum, they will be taken on a journey through time and culture, following the evolution of the Mayan civilization from its beginnings to its decline. The exhibits are arranged chronologically and thematically, allowing visitors to gain a deeper understanding of the Mayans' architectural styles, religious practices, and daily lives.


Q: When is the Chichen Itza Museum opening to the public?

A: The exact date of the museum's opening is yet to be announced, but it is expected to open in approximately 2 years.

Q: What are the opening hours of the museum?

A: The opening hours of the museum are yet to be confirmed.

Q: Are there any guided tours available at the museum?

A: Yes, guided tours will be available to visitors who wish to learn more about the exhibits and the Mayan civilization.


The Tren Maya has left us with new Mayan discoveries that will be showcased in this upcoming new museum. An exciting development for those interested in the ancient Mayan civilization's history and culture. With its impressive collection of artifacts and exhibits, the museum promises to provide a unique and unforgettable experience for visitors, taking them on a journey through time and culture. 


Source: The Art Newspaper


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