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A visit to the Cancun Underwater Museum of Art

By Tribune Travel

January 09, 2023

The Museo Subacuático de Arte (also known as MUSA), an underwater sculpture museum in Cancun, was founded in 2010 and is dedicated to the practice of conservation art.

The museum is home to around 500 sculptures, most the work of Jason deCaires Taylor. Five Mexican sculptors produced the remaining items. There are two distinct galleries, each of which is submerged two to ten meters beneath the surface.

Sculptors Jason deCaires Taylor, Roberto Diaz Abraham, and Jaime Gonzalez Canto, along with the director of the Marine Park, thought that by adding another diving attraction, they could help conserve the coral reefs.

sculpture in the Underwater Museum in Cancun

What to do in MUSA

Adventurers have a few ways to enjoy the Underwater Museum of Art, including two distinct galleries with suggested approaches to viewing the sculptures in each.

Off the southernmost tip of Cancun’s hotel zone is where you will find the Punta Nizuc gallery. Given that it is just four feet deep, scuba diving tours are not advised. However, snorkeling is a fantastic alternative because it is entertaining and instructive for both kids and adults!

Learn about the importance of these statues in preserving the coral reef areas while you explore marine life. Nichupté Lagoon is the starting point of your journey, which continues to the ocean where you will be equipped for your experience on a snorkeling platform.

sculpture in the Underwater Museum in Cancun

A thrilling way to visit this naturalized gallery is on the Jungle Tour. With the assistance of your bilingual guide, you can pilot your own boat through the Nichupté Lagoon’s waterways on this excursion. To get the most out of the experience, combine this tour with a snorkeling trip! All tours come complete equipment, water, beer, and refreshments.

Anyone of any age can enjoy viewing the Underwater Museum of Art from a glass-bottom boat without getting wet. The Great Mayan Reef, the second largest in the world, as well as the reef at Punta Nizuc will be visible to you. From the luxury of your seat in a glass-bottom boat, take in the schools of tropical fish and other marine life that are swimming underneath you. The Nichupté Lagoon is traversed throughout the 45-minute cruise, which ends at the ocean.

The other underwater gallery is eight to ten meters deep and is situated in Manchones, off the coast of Isla Mujeres. Scuba diving is the ideal method of viewing the sculptures due to their depth. Whether you have never gone diving before or are a qualified diver, there are a variety of diving trips you may do at Manchones. You can choose the tour that is most convenient for you by booking one that leaves from either Cancun or Isla Mujeres.

Sculpture in the Cancun Underwater Museum

What you will find

The sculptures explore a variety of subjects, including capitalism and holistic living. A world in which everyone coexists peacefully is symbolized by nearly 500 life-size sculptures in a flawlessly coordinated crowd in a sculpture called “The Silent Evolution.”

The best thing about the Underwater Museum of Art is that as you boat, swim, or scuba dive past these sculptures, you can infer your own meaning from them. In these depths, you will get the impression that you are in an other world, and you might even experience a flash of insight into a situation in your life for which you have been searching.

All in all, the Cancun Underwater Museum of Art is an experience worth living in your next visit to Cancun. Make sure to to miss out!





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