Per Wikipedia: Museum of the Mayan Culture (Museo de la Cultura Maya), considered the largest and most comprehensive museum in the state dedicated to the Mayan culture, has an important collection of authentic and reproductions of classical works, and tells the development of Mayan culture, its origins, as well as various aspects of their daily life.

Chetumal is the capital of Quintana Roo. It is just north of Belize (British Honduras for those of you with very old maps). Near the central market is the Museo de la Cultura Maya. While most of its artifacts are reproductions, it does an excellent job of representing the Maya world. It is also air conditioned. I would highly recommend a visit to the museum.

I want to add a little story here. Many years ago, my late wife took me out to see the movie "Dances With Wolves" with Kevin Costner. Knowing my interest in North American Indian history, and my anscestry (Cherokee), she thought I would be very enthusiastic. When we talked about the movie as we walked out of the theatre, she was a bit put off because I was not very excited. Since it portrays Indians in a more realistic, intelligent and humane manner, she thought I would be happy. Instead, I was sad. I WAS happy for the positive portrayal of the Indians. But, I was also reminded of what eventually happened to almost all of these cultures when the western civilizations arrived on the scene. As I walked through the Museo, I again experienced this sadness. The Maya were an amazingly complex society. They had fully developed religious, political, agricultural and structural aspects to their culture. Most of this is now gone.

Unfortunately, you are not able to take photographs in the main part of the museum. The photos you see here are from some of their other displays.

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