- Children and nature lovers will enjoy a visit to Merida's Natural History Museum, which is conveniently located next to the Centennial Park and Zoo on Calle 59. Renovated in 2006, El Museo de Historia Natural is both educational and entertaining and if you visit on a weekday during the academic year you will likely be surrounded by crowds of kids on fieldtrips. The museum houses six permanent galleries, one temporary exhibition space, and an audiovisual salon, where you can watch nature documentaries on Sundays at 12:30 pm. The galleries are organized by period and subject. The Sala de la Reserva Ecológica de Cuxtal describes an ecological reserved located right in Merida.. The Sala del Arrecife Alacranes highlights the coral reefs that line the Yucatan Peninsula. The Mezozoic Gallery explains a little known fact: the meteor that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs crashed into the ocean less than 50 miles from Merida.
Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Sunday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Closed Monday.
Services: Exhibits, videos, guided tours (for school groups with prior reservations), restrooms
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