Museo Regional de Antropología
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Museo Regional de Antropología information
The massive Palacio Cantón houses the Museo Regional de Antropología. The museum covers the peninsula’s history since the age of mastodons. If you plan to visit archaeological sites near Mérida, you can study the exhibits here covering the great Maya cities of Mayapán, Uxmal and Chichén Itzá, as well as lesser-known sites such as Ek’ Balam.
Exhibits on Maya culture include explanations of such cosmetic practices as forehead-flattening (done to beautify babies), which caused eyes to cross, and sharpening teeth and implanting them with tiny jewels.
Construction of the mansion lasted from 1909 to 1911, and its owner, General Francisco Cantón Rosado (1833–1917), lived here for only six years before his death. The Palacio’s splendor and pretension make it a fitting symbol of the grand aspirations of Mérida’s elite during the last years of the Porfiriato – the period from 1876 to 1911 when Porfirio Díaz held despotic sway over Mexico.