Museo del Ambar, San Cristobal de las Casas

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Pay a visit to Museo del Ambar to admire over 300 pieces of amber. Situated in an old convent building, the museum houses exhibits about the excavation and uses of amber in Chiapas. Take a guided tour or explore the museum by yourself to learn about the history of this fossilized tree resin. You'll view amber in its different states, from raw to carved, and discover its uses in jewelry, art, and medicine. The museum also offers jewelry-making workshops, a cafe, and a shop where you can purchase an amber souvenir. Plan your visit to Museo del Ambar and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our San Cristobal de las Casas online trip builder .
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  • Yes, the museum is very small. However, it was very informative and interesting. I really enjoyed it. The displays are beautiful and give a great overview of the science, the history, and use of amber...  more »
  • You enter the amber store, pay a fee and walk around the tiny museum, about 5 minutes if you stretch it, then you exit through the store with its many sales clerks. It's not worth the walk to find it.  more »
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  • This is a good place to go to see beautiful examples of amber. You'll also learn about the history, source of amber, and how to distinguish between real and fake. The museum has a small museum and jewelry shop. The building has a varied history that includes a convent and jail.
  • Honestly this was the most disappointing thing I did in San Cris. I was excited to go and learn about amber and see fossilized bugs, but it was small - very small. It was mostly carved amber statues and jewely, which were very skillfully rendered, but the presentation was a bit mundane and, for all the empty space in the rest of the building, clumped together so even the most exquisite pieces were just one of dozens. The gift shop was overly expensive too. Only reason I didn't give this 1 star is because there *were* lot of info panels in Spanish and the girls at the front desk were very friendly and provided an English info booklet. Otherwise not worth going.
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