Cancun Underwater Museum – hundreds of sculptures underwater. Mexico

Underwater Sculpture Park in Mexico – reviews and photos

The Museo Subacuático de Arte in Cancún, also called MUSA for short, is dedicated to the art of conservation and the value of nature. It is the largest museum underwater. Its history began in 2008, when artists Roberto Diaz Abraham and Jason de Caires Taylor joined together with Jaime González Cano, director of the Marine National Park.

The core of Cancún’s MUZA Museum’s collection is a sculptural park under the sea. When the institution opened in 2010, there were 491 sculptures on the ocean floor. Most of the works were created by the British artist Jason de Caires Taylor. A total of six artists authored the figures.

The Underwater Sculpture Museum is not only a picturesque and unusual place. It has the important function of showing the complex relationship between humans and the environment. Many people, making diving trips, want to take something with them from the bottom of the ocean. More often than not, such souvenirs are corals, as a result of their systems being severely affected by human intervention. The underwater museum “MUZA” in Cancun should draw the attention of visitors to the fragility of the coral reef system and the need to protect it. The installed sculptures also become the basis for the formation of new corals and a home for sea creatures.

The sculptures are erected on heavy bases to prevent them from being swept away by the current. Special marine concrete is used as the materials. In reviews, visitors write that the MUSA Underwater Museum in Cancun is a very unusual, fantastic place. The sculptures underwater look surreal, a little frightening, but attractive, they make you think about the impact of man on nature. In addition to art objects, you can see colorful fish, turtles and corals underwater.

You can visit the Museum of Underwater Sculptures in Mexico by diving or taking a boat trip. The exhibits are housed in two galleries: a showroom near the Manchones Natural Reef and a gallery in the Nizuc area.

Those wishing to see the first room of the Underwater Museum of Cancun (Manchones) dive underwater with a special breathing apparatus, it is called scuba diving. The following types of visits are offered:

  • Scuba diving for amateurs (who do not have any diving certificates) with one dive – $115. Duration is about 6 hours, starting at 09:00;
  • Diving (for non-certified divers) with two dives from the Women’s Island – $140. The price includes dives: to the MUZA Museum in Cancun and to the natural reef. The duration of the trip is approximately 5 hours, the departure is at 12:00 from the Women’s Island;
  • Amateur diving with two descents under the water and departure from Cancun – $135. Starts at 09:30, returns 5 hours later;
  • Diving for certified divers with departure from Cancun – $ 90. Participants dive 2 times – museum and natural reef. The trip starts at 11:00 a.m. and lasts about 5 hours;
  • A dive for certified divers with departure from Women’s Island – $99. The price includes 2 underwater dives. Starting the trip at 12:40 p.m., you will complete it in 4 hours.
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The price does not include a wetsuit. Diving is allowed from 12 years old, under 18 years old you must be accompanied by an adult. It is also worth noting that you must arrive at the check-in half an hour before departure.

The second gallery of Punta Nizuc is recommended to visit on snorkeling tours at a cost of $47. The duration is 3 hours. There are also other options:

  • Glass-bottomed boat ride – $47, $24 for children under 11. First, you’ll take a regular boat ride on the Nichupté Lagoon to the reef barrier in the Caribbean Sea, then you transfer to the glass-bottomed boat. Through the glass you will see the various sculptures of the MUZA Underwater Museum of Cancun, which the guide will tell you about. Due to the shallow depth, the figures are clearly visible. The duration is 3 hours;
  • Jungle Tour of Punta Nizuc – $ 70, children under 11 – $ 35, duration – about 2.5 hours. This is a boat trip through the mangrove jungle, during which you’ll see wildlife on the shores and then dive underwater to view the sculptures.

Any visit to the museum’s galleries comes with an additional $12 conservation area tax. Tours can be purchased online or on-site, a few days before the planned dive.

Underwater Sculpture Museum in Cancun

In the Mexican city of Cancun there is the most amazing museum, the exposition of which is exhibited underwater. This unusual underwater sculpture museum is located at the bottom of the Caribbean Sea in Cancun National Park and is recognized as one of the most interesting cultural sites in the world.

Diving excursion to the underwater museum in Cancun

To enjoy this magnificent sight, visitors will have to put on special gear and go under the water. Such diving in Mexico will be remembered for a long time and leave a lot of positive emotions. After a short briefing, accompanied by an experienced instructor, you can safely dive.

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Main idea

Numerous sculptural compositions in the MUSA (Museo Subacuatico de Arte) are already favored by sea creatures, adding mystery and charm to their appearance. The main goal of the creators was not to attract tourists, but to show how badly the environment suffers from the crowds of numerous travelers. In almost every hotel in Cancun, guests are offered to take this unforgettable excursion.

The rich collection of the Underwater Sculpture Museum in Cancun

In all, the museum collection has more than 400 sculptures, and the exhibit is called “Silent Evolution.” It depicts the history of people from the ancient Mayan peoples to the present time. The main focus is on such moments in history as “Conquest,” “Revolution,” and “Independence.”

Each sculpture, which depicts a specific person, is made in life-size. To create such a collection, the artist needed 1.5 years, 400 kg of silicone, 120 tons of cement and almost 4 kilometers of fiberglass.

All sculptures are placed on a fixed pedestal, its weight is almost 2 tons, which allows the figures to stand still under the pressure of waves and currents. The sculptures are at a depth of 10 meters, creating the impression of a suddenly submerged civilization.

Video about the underwater museum in Cancun

This documentary of the underwater museum in Cancun shows the installation of the “Silent Evolution” exhibit and allows you to watch sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor at work.

Underwater Sculpture Park. Mexico.

There are many interesting places to visit, but it’s not always possible to visit where one wants to go.

However, it is possible to travel virtually. Let the experience of a virtual trip be different from the real one, but you can take a note to find yourself in a place you like in real life sometime in the future.

Today I suggest to visit the underwater kingdom, to dive into the mystery of nature’s creations. The journey will take place on the seafloor, where man has created artificial reefs to allow nature to restore all that was previously destroyed by other people.

Jason Taylor has invented a way to divert people from swimming to unspoiled underwater places where the harmony of the coexistence of marine creatures is not disturbed. Jason Taylor created and implements an original project for the benefit of nature and at the same time for people who can admire the beauty of seascapes without disturbing the natural habitat of marine animals and plants. The underwater sculpture park is designed for both sea creatures and people. Numerous sculptures have been placed on the seabed that will eventually become scenic attractions.

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The artificial reef is being created in Mexico, in the waters surrounding Cancun (in northern Mexico) and already covers an area of about 420 square meters. More than 400 sculptures are slowly but covered with algae and other organisms. As a result of the slow evolution, we can observe the changes of nature provoked by the cunning of man.

The underwater sculpture park holds a lot of interesting things. The sculptures are made of environmentally friendly and durable materials that are not harmful to marine life. In addition, the materials used to create the sculptures, contribute to the growth of corals. The microscopic organisms are constantly drifting and along the way form their colonies on hard, solid surfaces, which can be rocks. The development of microorganisms contributes to the appearance of natural coral reefs, which attract different marine animals, which can be the usual colorful fish, turtles or sharks.

The Underwater Sculpture Park aims to restore the natural habitat of marine animals where wastelands have formed. Over the past few decades, there has been a loss of 40% of natural coral reefs. Scientists’ predictions are not comforting. Without human intervention in restoring natural conditions, only 20% of coral reefs will remain by 2050. For this reason, Jason Taylor decided not to be indifferent and is trying his best to restore the balance of nature.

You can see for yourself how life appears on the statues after a couple of years since the immersion of the statues in 2010. In the photos, you can see how the statues have taken up with brown and green algae and sponges. Charming flocks of fish swim between the sculptures, crustaceans hide somewhere and seahorses merge with the coral.

From the look of all these statues look creepy, people’s eyes closed, hands outstretched, faces without emotion. It seems that all these sculptures are not lifeless stones and petrified people who are waiting in hope of liberation. But there is a beauty in it too.

The Underwater Sculpture Park is one of the largest underwater parks and the only ambitious man-made attraction in the world. The underwater park consists of four projects: La Jardinera de la Esperanza, Coleccionista de los Suenos, Hombre en Llamas and The Silent Evolution, each with its own character and distinctive features.

Underwater Museum in Cancun. Mexico

Diving is one of the most exciting activities for tourists. And the diver tries to take something from the bottom of the sea as a souvenir. Usually it’s coral. In fact, this is detrimental to the fragile marine ecosystem.

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So some people have started thinking about conserving and enhancing the natural treasures and inhabitants of the sea (which include corals). What is needed to do this? It is not realistic to warn every diver. Putting guards on corals is also unrealistic. We can go another way. First, you need to distract the divers from the corals and interest them in something else. And this solution has been implemented in Mexico.

In particular, in the Mexican city of Cancun was built an amazing and even surreal underwater museum, officially called the Muse Museum (in the original Musa, or Underwater Museum of Art). It is located on the border of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, near the island of Isla Mujeres at a distance of just over a kilometer off its coast at a depth of 4 to 8 meters.

Underwater Museum in Mexico

Underwater Museum of Cancun on the map

  • Geographic coordinates 21.198347, -86.725471
  • Distance from Mexico City, the capital city of Mexico City, about 1,300 km in a straight line
  • Approximately 25 km to the nearest Cancun International Airport

Underwater Museum of Cancun is a complex of sculptures located right on the seabed. The vast majority are life-size underwater sculptures of people. In addition, there are other exhibits, such as a car, a house, a table and even an underwater mine.

Underwater Museum

The museum of underwater figures was opened in 2010, so you can consider it a relatively young attraction in the world.

The underwater museum performs several useful functions at once. The moral and ethical aspect is to show mankind the complexity and versatility of the relationship between man and the environment. To draw people’s attention to the protection of the coral reef ecosystem. From the practical point of view, the underwater sculptures serve as a basis for future coral colonies and are a home for sea creatures (for this purpose, by the way, holes are made in many exhibits). In addition, this extraordinary attraction generates income from travelers.

Who created the underwater museum of Cancun

The idea of creating an underwater museum belongs to a group of people not indifferent to nature and art. This project was founded by Dr. Jamie Gonzalez Cano, Roberto Diaz Ebraham, and British artist and sculptor Jason Taylor. Jason became responsible for filling the underwater museum with sculptural compositions.

Underwater Museum in Cancun. Mexico

Since ordinary concrete for seawater is not very suitable, it was decided to create sculptures from a special, so-called marine concrete, which includes cement, silicone and fiberglass.

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Taylor was very successful in this business, and now there are more than 500 exhibits on an area of 420 m 2. To prevent the sculptures from being swept away by the sea currents, they were installed on heavy bases (weighing up to 2 tons).

Jason Taylor (full name Jason de Caires Taylor) knows us for another of his outstanding creations: the underwater compositions in the Atlantic Museum, off the island of Lanzarote, part of the Canary Islands.

Main compositions of the underwater museum

All the underwater sculptures and sculpture groups in Cancun have names.

The most numerous composition bears the name “Silent Evolution”. It is understood that the underwater sculptures will gradually grow coral, thus the exhibition will be constantly changing.

Silent Evolution Underwater Sculptures

And here in front of you is the Man on Fire. There’s fire in the form of red coral on the statue’s body.

Sculpture Man on Fire at the Underwater Museum in Cancun

Here you can also meet the “Dream Collector” or as he is also called “Dream Collector”.

Dream Collector. Cancun

Dream Collector

A gardener girl surrounded by pots of coral.

Gardener Girl at the Cancun Underwater Museum

Well, many people will recognize themselves in this guy.

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As you noticed, the faces of the statues are varied. They are not the sculptor’s fiction, as the casts are made of real people. Here are a couple of examples.

Underwater Museum sculptures are made from real people

Sculptures are made from real people

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Scary at first glance underwater museum has some unnatural appeal, so that the attention of tourists is ensured to it. According to the museum itself about 750,000 people come here every year. The cost of visiting the museum starts from 50 dollars and depends on the way of visiting.

There are several ways of “visiting” the underwater museum. First, of course, is diving. You can just with a mask, snorkel and flippers, but it is better to use scuba diving. This method is probably the most spectacular. But if you want to visit an underwater museum and stay dry, then feel free to take a tour of a semi-submersible boat. Yes, there is such a submarine. It looks like a boat, in the hold of which there are large portholes for observing marine life. It is also called a boat with a glass bottom.

Boat with glass bottom

There is also a submarine for two people. You can look at the figures underwater even just from a boat or boat, because the water here is very clear and transparent. In addition to the underwater exhibit, you can see turtles, parrot fish and angel fish.

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