The cultural landscape of Tulum, known for its stunning beaches and rich Mayan heritage, is poised to enrich its tourist appeal with the nearing completion of a new museum. Located in the esteemed Parque Nacional del Jaguar, the museum, a project spearheaded by the Secretaría de Desarrollo Agrario, Territorial y Urbano (Sedatu), has reportedly reached an impressive 80% completion. This development is not just a testament to the region’s commitment to preserving and showcasing its history but also a strategic move to bolster local tourism through sustainable means.
The museum’s strategic location, just opposite the main entrance of the Tulum archaeological zone, makes it a gateway to exploring the Mayan influence in the region. Expected to open its doors officially in either February or March of 2024, the museum emerges as a bridge between the ancient and the modern, offering visitors a unique glimpse into the past while being firmly rooted in contemporary conservation practices.
The design of the museum, crafted by the Colectivo de Arquitectura C733, adheres to a conservative architectural style, blending seamlessly with the surrounding landscape. It boasts three exhibition halls and is set to house a collection of 360 artifacts. The curation, led by Juan Manuel Garibay and Karina Romero Blanco, promises to be a thoughtful and comprehensive portrayal of Mayan culture, history, and its enduring influence.
One of the museum’s most notable features is its integration with the local infrastructure. It will be directly connected to the Tulum station of the Tren Maya (Segment 5 South), facilitating easy access for visitors. A 70-meter bridge over the federal Highway 307 in the Tulum-Playa del Carmen section will link the museum to the archaeological zone, symbolizing a physical and metaphorical connection between the new and the old.
This museum is more than just a building; it’s a statement of intent. It represents a commitment to sustainable tourism, a concept that Tulum has been championing in recent years. By focusing on low-impact tourism, the museum aims to educate visitors about the archaeological and natural riches of the federal reserves, offering an immersive experience that is both enlightening and respectful of the environment.
The administration of the museum will fall under the purview of the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH), ensuring that the management and preservation of the site adhere to the highest standards. This new addition to Tulum’s cultural landscape is set to become a cornerstone in the region’s tourism industry, offering a window into the past while paving the way for a more sustainable and informed future.
As Tulum continues to evolve as a global destination, the integration of such culturally significant projects highlights the region’s dedication to preserving its heritage. The new museum, in its role as a custodian of history and a beacon of sustainable tourism, is poised to redefine the visitor experience in Tulum, blending education, conservation, and cultural appreciation into a memorable journey through time.