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Museo del Ambar

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Address: Calle Diego de Mazariegos S/N | Parque de La Merced, Chiapas, San Cristobal de las Casas 29240, Mexico
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10:00 - 14:00
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This small amber museum has a cheap gift shop with various objects made...

This small amber museum has a cheap gift shop with various objects made from amber.

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This small museum in a partially restored old convent highlights the amber discoveries and crafts associated with the area. The attraction itself is not huge - there are several... read more

Reviewed 1 January 2017
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Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

The only problem with the amber museum is that it is all in Spanish. Regardless, we enjoyed looking at all the beautiful pieces and learning how it is mined. Also learned what to look for when buying a piece. The museum is a former nunnery, built in the year 1500.

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Reviewed 1 January 2017

This small museum in a partially restored old convent highlights the amber discoveries and crafts associated with the area. The attraction itself is not huge - there are several well illuminated cases showing carved amber and amber with insects inside. There are interesting and well illuminated panels showing how amber is mined and crafted. The added attraction is the convent... More 

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Dushanbe, Tajikistan
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Reviewed 24 December 2016

This small museum is housed in a partially restored convent, in the Merced area of San Cristobal, about 4 blocks away from the main square. It is a recommended stop when in San Cristobal given the prominence of amber in the region.

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Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico
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Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

I have always loved Amber. I learned so much about it but I couldn't help myself but I bought a beautiful silver Amber bracelet there. The prices seem very reasonable to me.

1 Thank Joni R
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Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Good museum, but it's only one big saloon. They could have more types of amber. As the pink they mention, but there were any. The video explaining about amber was quite interesting, but there were only 5 chairs. There were some beautiful designed pieces there.

1 Thank Enio O
Mexico City, Mexico
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Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

You can visit the cathedral and the museum. I think we payed only 30 pesos, you can visit the whole exposition in 1hour. Its interesting cause u can learn how to identifie fake Ambar from the original.

1 Thank Felfo S
Mexico City, Mexico
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Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

Most talented cultural people gather here to reward leadership, social impact and relevant people from Chiapas and Cristobal de las Casas

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Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

I didn't have any interest in amber or much desire to go here, but we found ourselves outside and decided to go in. After we paid, we were given a short introduction to amber by one of the girls who worked there and it was actually fascinating. The collection they have upstairs is really good. There are many pieces with... More 

2 Thank MacDollar66
Sunnyvale, California
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Reviewed 18 April 2016

Spent a very pleasant hour here. Interesting to learn about how ambar is formed, how to recognize genuine ambar; like an art museum with the variety of ambar creations.

1 Thank Kathleen J
Monterrey, Mexico
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Reviewed 30 March 2016

In Chiapas you are offered amber everywhere, and this is a good place to know a little about it and how to know if it is real before buying anything. The place is very small, but interesting. The gift shop has good pieces but we found some of them for less at other stores.

1 Thank katorga

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