Merida is one of the cities of the Yucatan Peninsula with a richer cultural offer, a very lively city with a great offer. We went out to see places to visit in Mérida, the white city of Yucatán.

If you travel to Merida you will find a very lively city and with many options for the local and the tourist. The city of Mérida has a very attractive cultural offer.

Let's see what places to visit in Mérida whether they are free or paid. We hope you enjoy your stay to the fullest 🙂

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Places to visit in Merida


In order to make a useful division for you, We will divide into places to visit in Merida for free and paid places. There are several activities that are carried out in several urban settings where you can enjoy the festive atmosphere of the city that so much catches the traveler.

Remember that from Friday to Sunday they close the center of Merida and there are different activities around the Central Plaza.


CASA MONTEJO MUSEUM: It is located in the Central Plaza of Merida, very central and comfortable to go. WHAT TO SEE: museum with antiques from the hacienda era, it's interesting, it's worth the visit  SCHEDULE: from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 to 19h. Sundays from 10 to 14h. Guided visits to the 11, 13 and 17. The store inside the courtyard opens from Monday to Sunday from 10 to 19 hours. Plus Casa Montejo information

GOVERNMENT PALACE: It is located in the Central Plaza of Merida, very central and comfortable to go. WHAT TO SEE: neoclassical building with the murals of Fernando Castro Pacheco, an interesting journey through the history of Yucatan through his paintings. SCHEDULE: Open daily from 8 to 21: 30 hours. Plus Government Palace information

CITY HALL: It is located in the Central Plaza of Merida, very central and comfortable to go. WHAT TO SEE: council hall, and above all, go out to the portico to enjoy the views of the Plaza Grande SCHEDULE: Monday through Friday from 8 to 20h. Saturdays from 9 to 13h. Plus Municipal Palace information

MACAY MUSEUM: Tickets through the Pasaje de Revolución or through Calle 60, next to the Cathedral. In the Plaza Grande, very central and comfortable to go. WHAT TO SEE: the best museum of contemporary and modern art on the Peninsula, with traveling and permanent exhibitions  SCHEDULE: Wednesday to Monday from 10 a.m. to 17:30 p.m. There is a cafeteria service, a shop and a library specialized in art. More information Fernando García Ponce Museum, the MACAY

OLIMPO CULTURAL CENTER: It is located in the Central Plaza of Merida, very central and comfortable to go. WHAT TO SEE: There are art exhibitions such as photography and paintings. To the side is the Arcadio Planetarium Poveda Ricalde SCHEDULE: from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 to 20h. More information from Olympus Cultural Center

ARTE POPULAR MUSEUM: 50-A x 57 street, Mejorada neighborhood, central and convenient to go. WHAT TO SEE: Mayan art, habits and crafts. They offer different recitals in the space, check their website to see the schedule of events SCHEDULE: from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 to 5 pm. Sundays from 10 to 3 pm. Plus Museum of Popular Art information

MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF MERIDA: It is located on 56 street between 65 and 65-A, central and convenient to go to. WHAT TO SEE: museum about the city of Merida, from maps and old photos to city maps SCHEDULE: Tuesday through Friday from 9 to 6 pm. Saturday and Sunday from 9 to 2 pm. Plus Information about the Museum of the city of Mérida

PEÓN CONTRERAS MUSEUM: calle 60 between 59 and 57, very central and comfortable to go. WHAT TO SEE: exhibitions of contemporary artists of photography, painting, sculpture. SCHEDULE: from Monday to Sunday from 9 in the morning to 6 in the afternoon. Plus information about the Peón Contreras Theater

MUSEUM OF THE RAILWAYS OF YUCATÁN: street 43 #429 industrial colony in front of the park Article 123. WHAT TO SEE: exhibitions of old locomotives, photos and everything related to the history of the railroad in Yucatan. SCHEDULE: from Wednesday to Sunday from 10 in the morning to 2pm. Plus information about the Museum of the Yucatan Railways

PALACE OF THE MUSIC 58 x 59 street, very central and comfortable to go. WHAT TO SEE: interactive museum about traditional and popular Mexican music, interesting and entertaining SCHEDULE: from Tuesday to Saturday. Tours to the 10 am, 12 pm and 2 pm.

MUSEUM NATURAL HISTORY: street 59 x 84 and 84-A. WHAT TO SEE: interactive museum about Natural History, ideal to go with children. SCHEDULE: from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm. Plus information of the Natural History Museum


PALACIO CANTÓN:  located on the Paseo de Montejo with the corner of 43 street. WHAT TO SEE: interesting traveling exhibitions on art and culture, with predominantly expos on the Mayan world SCHEDULE: open from Tuesday to Sunday from 8 to 17 hours  PRICE: 55 pesos (payment by credit and debit card is accepted). Exempt from payments every day: Children under 12 years, students, retirees and pensioners with valid credentials. On Sundays, admission is free to all Mexicans. Plus Canton Palace information

GREAT MUSEUM OF THE MAYAN WORLD: it is located in the Montejo Prolongation, somewhat removed to walk from the center. WHAT TO SEE: great pieces of the ancient Mayan world and history of the Peninsula, the best museum in the Mayan world SCHEDULE: Open every day, except Tuesdays, from 8 to 17 hours. PRICE: nationals 100 mxn, foreigners 150 mxn and Yucatecan 50 mxn. Discount on Sundays presenting the national or resident credential. Yucatecan children under 12 years old, students, seniors 25 pesos. More Great Mundo Maya Museum

CATHERWOOD MUSEUM HOUSE: It is located at 59 street number 572, between 72 and 74. Close to the church of Santiago. WHAT TO SEE: the collection of plates of Catherwood, an essential museum for the Mayistas. SCHEDULE: Monday to Saturday from 9 to 14 hours and from 17 to 21. Sometimes it is relaxed at times, try to get closer after the right time to open. PRICE: 50 mxn. More information of the Catherwood House Museum

PINACOTECA MUSEUM SAN JUAN GAMBOA: It is located on 59 street between 58 and 60. WHAT TO SEE: sample of Yucatecan painting from the colonial era and portraits made from 1821 to 1911, of prominent people in the history of Yucatán SCHEDULE: open from Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday from 10 to 5 pm. PRICE: 40 weights More information Pinacoteca Juan Gamboa Museum

YUCATECA SONG MUSEUM: c57 # 464-A near 48 street, downtown, in the neighborhood of La Mejorada. WHAT TO SEE: exhibitions of objects and works of Yucatecan musicians SCHEDULE: Tuesday to Friday from 9 to 5 pm.
Saturday and Sunday from 9 to 3 pm. PRICE: 20 pesos More information of the Yucatecan Song Museum

CASA MUSEO QUINTA MONTES MOLINA: It is located in the calle 56 A between the 33 and the 35, in the Paseo de Montejo. WHAT TO SEE: The beautiful mansion contains European furniture, art deco, art nouveau and porcelain sculptures, it is worth it SCHEDULE: Guided tours in Spanish: Monday to Friday 10 am, 12 am, 2 pm, 4 pm Saturdays: 10 am and 12 am. In English: Monday to Friday 9 am, 11 am, 3 pm. Saturdays: 9 am and 11 am. The tour lasts from 45 minutes to 1 hour. For other days and times please call the museum PRICE: 85 adult weights, $ 60 pesos niños. Plus information about the Quinta Montes Molina Museum House

Places to visit in Merida


Merida is a city that you will not finish in a few days, it is also a good base camp to know the surroundings of Merida. If you are not on the move with the suitcases up down you can settle in Merida some nights, and after taking your tour during the day, you have the evening to get to know Mérida, try its different restaurants and have a good tequila in a dive.

Do not miss the best 9 destinations in the surroundings of Mérida

You'll see how the downtown streets become dance stages on weekends and the Central Square is occupied for entertainment, from a jarana to play the ancient Mayan ball game, here you will see a world go by. Eating in the street and wandering through the nights of Mérida is a pleasure. Here is 5 Free visits to do in the Plaza Grande.

To find out about the events of Mérida I link you to YucatanToday I hope you enjoy this beautiful city, its environment and its surroundings. Merida falls in love.

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