The building was completed in 1911 and it was occupied by the general and his family until 1932. The government of the state of Yucatán acquired the property to convert it for public use. One of its first uses was as the state’s School of Fine Arts (1932-37), before it became the Hidalgo School (1937-48). In 1959 the Crescencio Carrillo y Ancona Yucatán Anthropology Institute took over the building to found the Yucatán Archeology and History Museum and the Center for Mayan Studies.
It was not until 1980 that the Yucatán Regional Museum began to be created at Palacio Cantón. There was an attempt to transfer it to another site, the former Juárez prison in 1988, but it was unsuccessful; and so the collection returned, and since then the museum exhibitions and activities have continued uninterrupted. The content underwent a change in 2012, with the introduction of major temporary exhibitions on a range of topics.
Today, 36 years after it first opened, the Yucatán Regional Museum in Palacio Cantón is an example of harmony between the past and the present. It is a dynamic space offering exhibitions, conferences, cultural and academic events to promote an understanding of the culture of pre-Hispanic and contemporary peoples.
Palacio Cantón is without doubt an emblem of the city of Mérida, the capital of Yucatán. It is, above all, a link that connects the region’s past to the present, while projecting the region into the future.
Mérida, Yucatán, México.
Entry is via Calle 43.
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