Cancun Underwater Museum

Currently Open [Closes at 08:00 pm]
  • Address: Blvd. Kukulcan Km. 15.3, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancun, QROO, Mexico
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  • Timings: 07:00 am - 08:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +521-9988488312
  • Ticket Price: 195 USD
  • Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Art And Culture, Museums, Family And Kids, Sculpture

The Cancun Underwater Museum refers to the beautiful and eerie sculptures made by the artist Jason deCaires Taylor. Today, sculptures by other artists have also been added to the mix of underwate art. These underwater statues have all been preserved by the MUSA (Museo Subacuatico de Arte).

There is a series of varied figurines that have found a wonderful viewing place at the bottom of the ocean. The main aim behind this underwater museum is to truly show the unbreakable bond between art and nature through this very eccentric venture of underwater sculptures. There are possibly more than five hundred sculptures submerged underwater in this place.

Seeing these diving sculptures under the ocean amidst the marine life is surely a surreal experience that needs to be had at least once in a life time. Know the best way to see this attraction by adding it to Cancun trip planner.

What makes this attraction quite unique is that you will have to go underwater to see and experience this underwater sculpture park. Move back to the things to do in Cancun page for all other attractions and activities. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Cancun itinerary 3 days.

  • You will have to contact a local service provider for arranging the diving activities.

  • The prices vary greatly depending on the package. The most expensive package for Cancun Underwater Museum has been mentioned in the ticket price. But you will be able to find a lot of options.

  • The best time to go underwater to experiene sculpture park will be during day time.

  • Contact a tour diving operator who will take you to the location of statues underwater.

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  • Cancun Underwater Museum Address: Blvd. Kukulcan Km. 15.3, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancun, QROO, Mexico
  • Cancun Underwater Museum Contact Number: +521-9988488312
  • Cancun Underwater Museum Timing: 07:00 am - 08:00 pm
  • Cancun Underwater Museum Price: 195 USD
  • Best time to visit Cancun Underwater Museum(preferred time): 08:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Cancun Underwater Museum: 04:00 Hrs
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  • 71.69% of people who visit Cancun include Cancun Underwater Museum in their plan

  • 58.59% of people start their Cancun Underwater Museum visit around 11 AM - 12 PM

  • People usually take around 4 Hrs to see Cancun Underwater Museum

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

93.08% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Cancun Underwater Museum

People normally club together Isla Mujeres and Isla Contoy while planning their visit to Cancun Underwater Museum.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
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  • Great experience! I Loved! Once you dive into the water, you witness some really impressive works, this tour was one of my favorites that I took in Cancun.

  • The Cancún Underwater Museum (Spanish: Museo Subacuático de Arte, known as MUSA) is a non-profit organization based in Cancún, Mexico devoted to the art of conservation. The museum has a total of 500 sculptures, most by the British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor and the others by five Mexican sculptors,[1] with three different galleries submerged between three and six meters deep in the ocean at the Cancún National Marine Park. The museum was thought up by Marine Park Director Jaime Gonzalez Canto, with Taylor's assistance, with the objective of saving the nearby coral reefs by providing an alternative destination for divers.[2][3] It was started in 2009 and officially opened in November 2010. At the beginning of 2008, Jaime Gonzalez Canto and Jason deCaires Taylor began to create the plans for an underwater museum that would be formed by nature into a coral reef.[1] Dr. Jaime González Miki, the Director of the National Park Costa Occidental Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancún y Punta Nizuc, saw that the natural coral reefs were being damaged by tourists, anchors, and divers. In particular the largest coral reef in Cancún, Manchones Reef, was receiving the most damage because it is the most often visited by divers and snorkelers.[4] Early in 2005 González Canto suggested to the then President of the Cancún Nautical Association, Roberto Díaz Abraham, the idea of taking snorkelers and divers to an area where concrete reefs with some corals had been placed, to draw them away from Manchones reef. By January 2008, Díaz Abraham walked away from the project, believing that it would take many more years for the artificial coral gardens to flourish and become an attraction, but González Canto persisted. Pursuing research on artificial reefs, he came across Taylor, who had been pioneering the use of underwater sculptures for the creation of artificial reefs on a project in Grenada that demonstrated the value of art in conservation, the Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park. He was a diving instructor in the Caribbean at the time, which also allowed him to see art in a different way.[5] Roberto Diaz Abraham agreed to the plan for Taylor to create an underwater sculpture museum. MUSA was created and Taylor was contracted to do the initial work installing almost 500 sculptures, with the others by Mexican sculptors. The first four sculptures were placed underwater in November 2009,[6] and most of Taylor's The Silent Evolution had been installed by the end of 2010.[7][8][9] The museum officially opened on November 27, 2010, shortly before the start of the Cancún climate summit.[10][11] By the end of 2013, five years after the foundation of MUSA, a total of 500 concrete sculptures had been placed on the ocean floor, 487 by Taylor and the rest by five Mexican artists. 477 are exhibited in the Manchones gallery and 23 in the Nizuc gallery. In addition, 26 replicas and one original are located at a visitor center at Plaza Kukulcán, a mall in the hotel zone of Cancún. More than 100,000 visitors, out of 500,000 that visited the Government Protected Area, visited MUSA during 2013.

  • Unique underwater museum, with many human sculptures, and also an old car. You can snorkel in there but I guess it's better to dive and see it from closer.

  • ABSOLUTELY stunning pieces of life like art!! Worth the trip!!

  • The sounds of silence, echoing within the waves, make of this museum the most amazing living and breathing exhibit installation. Speechless by the feeling of eternity. DeCaires a timeless visioner!

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