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New Gran Museo de Chichén Itzá inaugurated

Tinum, Yucatán — The Great Mayan Museum of Chichén Itzá officially opens to visitors this week. Dignitaries visited the site Wednesday ahead of its Thursday inauguration.

Diego Prieto Hernández, the General Director of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), said the museum offers more than 400 original pieces, replicas and recreations in 2,800 square meters of exhibition areas and 1,300 square meters of visitor service areas.

“I am very pleased to participate in the inauguration of this important museum of Chichén Itzá, of Mayan culture. We are very happy because little by little dreams are becoming realities,” he said Wednesday.

Photo: Governor Mara Lezama February 28, 2024.

The site presents more than 400 original pieces and various facades and vestiges recovered during the Maya Train rescue work. The museum also displays other objects from the Regional Museum of Yucatán, the Cantón Palace and the Great Museum of the Mayan World of Mérida, Prieto Hernández added.

The new Gran Museo de Chichén Itzá can receive up to 8,000 visitors per day.

Visitors will be able to access the museum through the Chichén Itzá station of the Maya Train. The next step will be to incorporate the community into the project with the soon-to-be opened Visitor Service Centre where artisans, merchants and tourist guides will be located.