When you think of Cancun, museums may not leap to mind, but that’s because Cancun’s museums are anything but average. Here, you can swim into an underground sculpture garden, step into the ancient Maya world, or check out historic race cars. Here’s where to find the best museums in Cancun.
Maya Museum of Cancun (Museo Maya de Cancún)
Artifacts from around the Yucatan are on display at this renovated museum in the Hotel Zone, where sea views offer a spectacular backdrop to the Maya treasures. Admission to the Maya Museum of Cancun also gets you access to the adjacent San Miguelito archaeological site, which include the ruins of a Maya palace.
Cancun Underwater Museum (Museo Subacuático de Arte, MUSA)
Hundreds of sculptures rest on the seafloor of Cancun National Marine Park, providing a creative haven for native tropical fish. Explore the underwater museum on a snorkeling or scuba diving trip from Cancun.
Cancun Wax Museum (Museo de Cera de Cancún)
You’ll find familiar faces among the dozens of wax figures in this Hotel Zone museum. It’s a family-friendly activity and a great photo opportunity, whether you’re snapping your own or posing for the museum’s professional photographer.
Iconographic Museum of the Pan-American Race (Museo Iconográfico de la Carrera Panamericana)
Car lovers won’t want to miss this quirky car museum’s collection of race cars, which range from century-old relics to modern classics. There’s also plenty of info on the Carrera Panamericana, a historic road race that zoomed across Mexico in the early 1950s.