Museo de la Ciudad


The Museo de la Ciudad is housed in the old post office and offers a great reprieve from the hustle, honks and exhaust of this market neighborhood. There are exhibits tracing the city’s history back to preconquest days up through the belle-epoque period, when henequén (sisal) brought riches to the region, and into the 20th century.

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