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Cancun Underwater Museum of Art (Museo Subacuático de Arte) Tours

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Many cities boast art, history, and cultural museums, but Cancun’s version of these is a little out of the ordinary. The Cancun Underwater Museum of Art (Museo Subacuático de Arte) is an ongoing project promoting art as well as lively coral reefs. Snorkelers and divers can view its collection of more than 500 sunken sculptures that lie up to 20 feet (6 meters) deep.

The Basics

British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor is the artistic mastermind behind the Cancun Underwater Museum of Art, also known as the Underwater Museum, Museo Subacuático de Arte, or MUSA. The establishment’s goal is to conserve the existing natural reefs while building new nooks and crannies for local fish and marine life to inhabit. The hauntingly beautiful underwater phenomenon helps establish Cancun as an artistic destination, as well cement it as a tourism hot spot. Plus, the museum makes for a unique scuba diving and snorkeling experience.

You can explore the submerged statues with a snorkeling or diving tour via speedboat from Cancun. Glass-bottom boat tours are available as well.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Cancun Underwater Museum is a must-see for avid snorkelers and divers of all skill levels.
  • Bring an underwater camera in order to snap photos of the sculptures surrounded by plenty of tropical fish.
  • The museum is divided into two galleries: Salon Manchones, which is 26 feet (8 meters) deep and suitable for both divers and snorkelers, and Salon Nizuc, where you can only snorkel.

How to Get There
MUSA is located in the National Marine Park surrounding the area of Cancun, Isla Mujeres, and Punta Nizuc. Tours typically depart from the Cancun marina, which is easily accessible from the hotel zone. You can reach the museum’s Salon Nizuc portion by glass-bottom boat, jungle, and snorkeling tours.

When to Get There

Cancun is considered a year-round diving location because the water temperatures remain constant—you can dive roughly 300 days a year. That said, you may want to avoid hurricane season (usually June to October or even into December), since dives may be canceled due to storms.

Nearby Isla Mujeres

Located off the northeastern tip of the Yucatan ­Peninsula, right off the coast of Cancun, Isla Mujeres draws loads of day-trippers from Cancun and nearby Playa del Carmen. Sailing tours to the Cancun Underwater Museum often include a stop at the tiny island, where you can relax at a beach club and browse the artisan shops. If you have ample time, spend the night so you can enjoy quiet evenings and empty beaches once the tour boats depart.
Address: Cerrada Las Golondrinas 24, Alfredo Bonfil, Cancun 77560, Mexico
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Discover Scuba Diving at the Underwater Museum in Cancun

Discover Scuba Diving at the Underwater Museum in Cancun

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Experience scuba diving without a costly certification course on this intro to scuba diving experience in Cancun. Dive into a surreal landscape of life-sized sculptures at the Underwater Museum of Art as part of a course that includes one pool session and one open water dives.
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Cancun Underwater Museum Snorkel Tour

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Explore the Underwater Museum of Art on this snorkeling tour from Cancun. Jet across the Caribbean with your guide on a high-speed boat ride, and then hop in the water with your snorkel gear to see over more than 500 life-size sculptures sprawled over the seabed, as well as bright schools of fish. The museum highlights the relationship between art and environmental science, and all of the sculptures are made from materials that promote coral life. Fruit and refreshments are served on board.
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Diving in the Mexican Caribbean for Beginners | 2 Tanks 2 Dives | All Inclusive

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We will do 2 dives!!! First place will be the marina where the theoretical and practical class will be given in a pool. Later we will go to the two dives in the reef zone called "Manchones", it is a unique place, even mentined by Jacques Cousteau. There we will explore the underwater sculptures of the MUSA or underwater museum and later the coral reefs. I will show you unique marine life that at first sight seems to be hidde.
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Enjoy an amazing day in Isla Mujeres with snorkeling food, drinks and round trip

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Snorkel the Cancun Underwater Museum of Art (Museo Subacuático de Arte), where you’ll swim among underground galleries of statues and art installations within the National Marine Park. Since you’ll travel to the Cancun Underwater Museum of Art by sailboat, the scenic journey is just as memorable as the destination; following your snorkeling trip, visit Isla Mujeres for a restaurant lunch with drinks included.
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