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Palacio Cantón [anthropology museum] Yucatán Mx

Canton Palace, Regional Museum of Anthropology. Last residence of General Francisco Cantón Rosado (1833-1917), he was a military man, businessman and governor of Yucatán.

He promoted the construction of Paseo de Montejo where he built his mansion between 1904 and 1911, this residence was known as Casa Cantón, Villa General Cantón or Palacio Cantón.

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Paseo Montejo # 485 Centro Mérida, Yucatán
Tels .: (999) 923 05 57, 01, 928 67 19

It is located on Paseo Montejo Avenue, on the corner of 43rd Street.


Attention to groups of different school levels

Guided tours in Spanish and Maya



Price: $46.00

Schedule: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday - Sunday

About of

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Canton Palace, museum of anthropology




Currently the museum has a program of continuous temporary exhibitions, which seek the dissemination of cultural heritage from the pre-Hispanic past to our days.


The Canton Palace was built in the first decade of the 20th century as the family residence of General Francisco Cantón Rosado. The General Cantón (1833-1917) was one of the most outstanding characters of his time.

As a soldier, he fought in the Caste War against the rebel Maya. He owned cattle ranches and railroad entrepreneur, and was governor of Yucatan between 1898 – 1902.

In 1932, the Canton family sold the building to the government of Yucatán. From then on, it was, successively, the seat of the School of Fine Arts, of the Hidalgo Elementary School and the house of the governors.

Later it lodged, simultaneously, to the Institute Yucateco of Anthropology and History and to the Library Crescencio Carrillo and Ancona, located in the main plant, as well as to the Archaeological and Historical Museum of Yucatan, in the basement.

In the 1960s, the first generation of archaeologists and anthropologists from the School of Anthropological Sciences studied the upper floor.

The Regional Museum of Anthropology of Yucatan, Palacio Cantón was inaugurated in December 1959. Since 1980, its permanent exhibition about the pre-Hispanic Mayan society is presented on the main floor.

On the top floor there are temporary exhibitions, educational workshops and cultural events.

Source: INAH

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