The Museum of the Island of Cozumel (Museo de la Isla de Cozumel) sits on the waterfront in downtown San Miguel de Cozumel. Inside the historical building are a wealth of displays, all well signed in both Spanish and English. Its four permanent exhibit rooms offer an overview of the island’s geography, ecosystems, history, and culture.
The museum’s exhibits begin on the ground floor with Cozumel’s natural history. Fine examples from the island’s famed coral reefs are a must for snorkelers and divers eager to learn more about the underwater world. Other highlights include interactive exhibits about Cozumel’s cultural heritage and its history of pirate attacks. You can also see Cozumel’s transformation from a sparsely populated Caribbean island into an internationally known tourist destination.
Visit the Museum of the Island of Cozumel independently or as part of a guided history walking tour that provides a great overview of San Miguel de Cozumel’s waterfront and downtown.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The museum is ideal for those who want to learn more about Cozumel’s natural and cultural history.
- Expect to spend about an hour exploring the exhibits.
- The museum offers basic facilities, including a gift shop and restrooms.
- Researchers are welcome to use the museum’s on-site library.
- The museum and café are not accessible to wheelchairs.
How to Get There
The Museum of the Island of Cozumel is an easy walk from the Playa del Carmen ferry pier or the Plaza del Sol. Simply head north along the waterfront on Avenida Rafael Melgar and the museum is on your right, between Calle 4 and Calle 6.
When to Get There
The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm, and there isn’t really a bad time to visit. If you want to avoid the crowds, arrive in the morning. Winter brings large numbers of travelers to Cozumel, and the weeks before and after Easter are some of the busiest.
Café El Museo
Set aside some time to eat at the excellent Café El Museo, a casual restaurant located on the second floor above the museum. Enjoy fresh seafood, authentic Mexican dishes, and fabulous Caribbean Sea views from the lovely covered patio, which must have been a favorite spot for guests at what was once Cozumel’s first upscale hotel.