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Casa Frederick Catherwood

572, Calle 59 (between calles 72 and 74), Merida, Mexico
+52 917 880 8587
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Beautiful hand colored drawings of Mayan Ruins in the Yucatan

The Casa Frederick Catherwood is a small museum that contains some treasures. Catherwood's travels... read more

Reviewed 15 March 2017
Boulder, Colorado
Sadly, house is very deteriorated, but illustrations are amazing

The part of the house where the museum (second floor) is located is very run-down. Also, it opened... read more

Reviewed 29 December 2016
Seattle, Washington
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572, Calle 59 (between calles 72 and 74), Merida, Mexico
+52 917 880 8587
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

The Casa Frederick Catherwood is a small museum that contains some treasures. Catherwood's travels took him to many places in the world. His drawings in Merida are fine examples of what the Mayan cities looked like in the 1840s. Having visited many of the sights...More

Thank Bnosnews
Reviewed 29 December 2016

The part of the house where the museum (second floor) is located is very run-down. Also, it opened a half hour later than the posted time. That said, the drawings are amazing, particularly if you have read about Catherwood and the history of discovery of...More

Thank Rorinho
Reviewed 10 May 2016

First off, we didn't actually get to see anything. Before heading there we decided to do some research both on their official website and on tripadvisor. The website said that the displays were free. I read on tripadvisor that some people were duped into paying....More

1  Thank AllieMnyc
Reviewed 16 April 2016

The spa owner downstairs lied about the rooms being closed upstairs for the exhibit although the sign said open. She told us to come back tomorrow and the same sign said open, but she "got the key for us". Strange. Upon leaving she acted really...More

Thank Tyrone M
Reviewed 5 April 2016

it's true that there isn't much here (only two mostly bare rooms), but the pages from Catherwoods illustrations are so wonderful to look at that it was worth it to me. Empty when we went so it was nice and leisurely looking over everything. It...More

Thank drjdonegan
Reviewed 13 August 2015

Based upon what I had read in advertisements my expectations were high and were not met. The building is in disarray, the staff were uninformed and what we thought were the main display rooms were all locked although the main doors were open

2  Thank John B
Reviewed 4 April 2015

Wonderful to discover by chance that this place exists. Frederick Catherwood made magnicent coloured sketches of major Maya sites in 1841. Although Casa Catherwood does not seem to have any direct connection with him, it displays in two rooms these very significant illustrations, which did...More

Thank Lisadian
Reviewed 20 January 2015

I would suggest that before viewing this wonderful collection of lithographs by Catherwood and the travel diaries written By Stephens, that you spend some quality time traveling the PUCC region south of Merida. Besides viewing lithographs of Copan there are many other ruins that the...More

1  Thank N8PWC
Reviewed 22 February 2014

If you've read John Lloyd Steven's "Incidents of Travel..." you shouldn't miss seeing Catherwood's hand-colored lithographs displayed in this small, unassuming space.

1  Thank Steve P
Reviewed 13 November 2013

What a lovingly restored property! A nice little find in the city dedicated to Catherwood's Mayan depictions. The store had some really great items too. Glad I went! Across from an authentic Mexican farmer's market too, where we picked up great some great local food...More

1  Thank JenB101
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