Welcome to the small open-air museum located in Ek Balam, Yucatán, where the native Mayans open the doors of their history, customs and traditions to share the richness of their ancestral culture, on a tour guided by Mayan descendants.

The museum is divided into various sections that will immerse you in the heart of the daily life of the Mayans. In the first section, entering an authentic Mayan hut, you can admire the traditional utensils of Mayan cuisine. You will discover the mastery with which the ancient Mayans prepared their food and how these elements formed an essential part of their identity.

Museo Local de Arte y la Cultura Maya en Ek Balam

En las siguientes secciones, el museo exhibe una colección de figuras talladas en madera de pich, pintadas a mano con gran destreza. Guerreros, sacerdotes, músicos, escribas y gobernantes mayas cobran vida en estas obras, revelando la diversidad y complejidad de la sociedad maya.

La visita continúa con la contemplación de una estela monumental que destaca el árbol maya yaxche. Este árbol sagrado tiene profundos significados en la cosmovisión maya, representando la conexión entre el cielo, la tierra y el inframundo. Talladas en la estela, encontrarás diversas deidades mayas, cada una con su historia y simbolismo único.

En la siguiente sección, aprenderás sobre los diversos altares utilizados en la cultura maya, como el altar de muertos en Hanal Pixán. Descubrirás cómo los mayas honraban a sus ancestros a través de rituales y ofrendas, conectando el mundo de los vivos con el de los muertos de una manera única y respetuosa.

Museo Local de Arte y la Cultura Maya en Ek Balam

Knowledge about the Mayan calendar and the Mayan number system will also be revealed during your tour of the museum. You will deepen your understanding of how the Mayans measured time and conceived numbers, demonstrating their advanced mathematical and astronomical knowledge.

In conclusion, the museum in Ek Balam, Yucatán, offers an enriching experience that goes beyond simple observation. You will immerse yourself in the richness of the Mayan culture, a civilization that left an extraordinary legacy in the history of humanity. This trip will allow you to appreciate the complexity of its traditions, the depth of its spirituality and the wisdom that endures in every corner of this small cultural treasure. Mayan culture continues to be a source of inspiration and learning, reminding us of the importance of preserving and appreciating the diversity of our cultural heritage.

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  • It is divided into 6 Mayan Huts.
  • Guided Tour by Native Mayans of Ek Balam.
  • Admire the monumental statue of Yum Kaax.
  • The Yaxché Stela is impressive and detailed.
  • You will be able to see an old hammock made of sosquil.
  • Live an authentic encounter with the Mayans.
  • You will learn about the Mayan calendar and number system.
  • Don't forget to take your photo next to the Jaguar and the monumental letters.

Contact Information


It is located next to the parking lot of the Ek Balam Archaeological Zone on the west side, you can see a sign indicating the entrance next to the craft store.