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

Cancun Underwater Museum of Art (Museo Subacuático de Arte)

Cerrada Las Golondrinas 24, Alfredo Bonfil, Cancun, Mexico, 77560

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.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Cancun

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Underwater museum
Jaime_J, Jul 2021
Cancun Underwater Museum Snorkel Tour
The captain was so helpful when my girls got sea sick, the tour guide was friendly and welcoming. The sculptures were something worth seeing.
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Super cool!
Aneta M, Jul 2018
Cancun Underwater Museum Snorkel Tour
We loved the tour and everything about it. Our guide was Armando, super nice guy! This has been on my list for years and finally got the perfect weather to do it. Would def do it again ! Can't wait to try the diving next time!
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This tour was good! I didn’t feel...
Sui Ling Y, Mar 2018
Cancun Underwater Museum Snorkel Tour
This tour was good! I didn’t feel the guide show us every statues (500), just mainly the highlights which is fine. Beautiful work
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What an awesome experience. The boat...
Judy W, Nov 2017
Cancun Underwater Museum Snorkel Tour
What an awesome experience. The boat ride was exhilarating and the underwater museum was incredibly beautiful. Our guide, Anna, was top notch in every way. She made our family trip, extra special. I highly recommend this wonderful tour.
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Fun time! Saw lots of fish! Great way...
Beth I, Mar 2016
Cancun Underwater Museum Snorkel Tour
Fun time! Saw lots of fish! Great way to spend an afternoon!!!
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This was a really excellent tour...
Thomas C, Dec 2017
Cancun Underwater Museum Snorkel Tour
This was a really excellent tour. Our tour guide, driver, and assistant were very friendly and helpful. The guide got in the water with us and showed us where to find the statues. She also would take your camera and swim closer to the statues and take pictures for you if you couldn't. When about half the boat was feeling very seasick, she and the driver altered the tour and took us to a really beautiful beach with tide pools. This was such a great decision! We were able to continue exploring around and even snorkel a little in very shallow water without continuing to feel sick. I even saw an octopus! This did not feel like a sub-par backup. It was a really excellent choice for those who were sick. I really thank the guide and driver for this decision, and I didn't have to sit out half the activities for not feeling well. 100% would recommend this tour and Aquaworld to others traveling in Cancun.
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Wow! It was a fabulous snorkeling...
Debra B, Nov 2017
Cancun Underwater Museum Snorkel Tour
Wow! It was a fabulous snorkeling adventure and I will cherish the memories forever of our experience exploring and seeing the beautiful colorful tropical fish of all sizes and the underwater museum was amazing and could not believe my eyes at how incredible it looked. I loved the little house and the beetle bug and the many other pieces of art. Our guide was sweet and very attentive to our needs when called upon. The three member Aqua world crew was professional and great fun to be with on our journey to the Underwater Museum. What a fantastic time my family and I had enjoying that day of snorkeling and the speed boat was fun too! Thank you all for giving me and my family a safe and wonderful experience in Cancun, Mexico 2017.
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The guides were very hospitable and...
Kristina J, Feb 2018
Cancun Underwater Museum Snorkel Tour
The guides were very hospitable and obviously experienced with leading visitors out to the waters. I wish we could have seen more of the underwater museum, even though we spent an hour or more in different parts of it. It's a lot bigger than what we touched, and needs more time. My favourite part was when we went to the shallow water with different corals, and all these colour fish were there. The fish followed us: schools of beautiful yellow, blue ones, and I saw a lot of other rainbow fish and small guys in the corals. I thought the fish were very friendly and then i saw on Youtube they've been trained by tour groups to accept handouts so they think tourists are gonna feed them. It's not a very environmentally friendly practice, BUT, I enjoyed that they came to follow us. It was a Disney moment. Earlier I had been on a snorkel tour of the Belize reef from Caye Caulker and saw more fish here close up than on the larger reef.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Cancun Underwater Museum of Art (Museo Subacuático de Arte)