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Casa Frederick Catherwood

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Address: 572, Calle 59 (between calles 72 and 74), Merida, Mexico
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+52 917 880 8587

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Wonderful display of Catherwood's lithographs in a charming house

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... read more

Reviewed 4 April 2015
Belfast, United Kingdom
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Boulder, Colorado
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152 reviews
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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 in the drawings, it is interesting to imagine how it looked when he was there... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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182 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
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 the Mayan cities. I recommend it for that. Cafe downstairs, however, is very nice with... More 

Thank Rorinho
New York City, New York
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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
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. We decided to give it a try and see how it went. There is no... More 

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Ashland, Oregon
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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 suspicious even though we didn't try to leave without contacting her first. She demanded money... More 

Thank Tyrone M
Long Beach, New York
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Reviewed 6 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 was like having your own private collection

Thank drjdonegan
Merida, Mexico
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35 reviews
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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

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
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 much to put the Maya "on the map". Entrance fee 50 pesos. Well worth the... More 

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East Lansing, Michigan
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Reviewed 20 January 2015 via mobile

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 two draw and write about that are right in this area.... Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Kabah,... More 

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Seattle WA
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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.

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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 as well.

1 Thank JenB101

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