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Address: Center for the Development of Mayan Medicine | Av. Salomón González Blanco No. 10, Col. Morelos, San Cristobal de las Casas 117, Mexico
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Interesting but forgotten.

Herbal medicine is a very important tradition in Chiapas and the Mayan Medicine Museum is interesting because it provides a glimpse into the healing beliefs of the people. The... read more

Reviewed 28 March 2017
Carla G
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Mexico City, Mexico
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Kiev, Ukraine
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

As guys said before it was closed. We came at Sunday 3pm by walking through a not very pleasant surroundings and all that we can see was closed doors and gates without any sign with working hours. Entrance had a lot of trash on it like it never opened for weeks.

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Thank darth_eugenius
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Was keen to visit this museum and double-ychecked that it would be open on a Monday. Several official websites and two guidebooks agreed that it was open every day from 10.00am. I got there at 10.20am only to find it all locked up, and no information on Opening Hours posted out the front. Went off to explore some nearby churches... More 

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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

I verified the opening hours for a Monday from two independent sources including the city website but when I arrived there - after a very long walk - it was closed. What a disappointment.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2017

Herbal medicine is a very important tradition in Chiapas and the Mayan Medicine Museum is interesting because it provides a glimpse into the healing beliefs of the people. The information is interesting but the museum is very basic, five rooms that represent the main types of healers. There used to be a botanical garden that has been completely forgotten and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Overall very interesting, and having visited Chamulla earlier in the day it made more sense than if we hadn't. I feel it needs a lot of government money spent on it to make it more of an attraction and preserve local culture. Felt a bit nervous when we arrived as in a really run down area but taxis easily available.

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Stockholm
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

I did like this place as I learned a lot about Maya medicine. The actual exhibitions were so-so and could have been made much better, but it was great to learn what the different animal parts was used for and what the different flowers cured. You also learned about how candles were made and the role different colours played. The... More 

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Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

This was an ok trip for us because we were lucky and had our Spanish teacher there to explain everything to us, so we did learn a lot about Mayan culture. The video of the midwife and birth looked like it was from the mid 90s, and the English voice-over was awful. That being said, it was exceptionally interesting. We... More 

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Thank Beth C
Chiapas, Mexico
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Reviewed 28 December 2016

I have been here several times over the past few years and although I found some of it informative and interesting this place could do so much better with a little work. In a strange way it does capture more of the region than most would believe as it is a bit run down and sort of thrown together "sloppy."... More 

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178 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2016

This could have been so good. The Chiapas region is the centre of indigenous Mayan culture and the ancient knowledge of illness, medical treatments and plants should be treasured. What you get instead is a dilapidated garden with medicinal plants and trees barely labelled, exhibit rooms that are poorly lit and captioned in Spanish (yes you can get a laminated... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed 8 December 2016

Very random museum but interesting in a quirky way. I especially enjoyed the video on childbirth. There is a remedy shop nearby that supposedly has a great cure for sunburn.

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