Cancun is full of unique bucket list experiences that are worth including on your next trip to the popular resort hotspot.
One such attraction is the MUSA underwater museum, which is about to get even more exciting with the addition of new sculptures.
Situated around Cancun, Isla Mujeres, and Punta Nizuc, MUSA (The Underwater Museum of Art) is one of Cancun’s most popular tourist attractions as well as a major ecological conservation project.
With the addition of new sculptures, here’s why the attraction is set to become even better:
Officials Give Green Light To MUSA Expansion
While Cancun’s underwater museum is already an excellent attraction, offering a range of diving and snorkeling sights for travelers, the project is set to grow considerably in the future as curators add more underwater sites.
The museum recently received permission from environmental officials to expand the number of underwater sculptures and is in talks with Cancun’s Nautical Association to add at least two new exhibitions to improve the quality of Cancun’s marine wildlife.
According to MUSA, there are plans to add some 45 new underwater sculptures in the El Meco and Cruz de la Bahía in a significant step forward for the museum, which wants to contribute to the environmental protection of Cancun’s coral reefs while showcasing local art.
In a press interview, Roberto Díaz Abraham, the president of the MUSA underwater museum, said that officials have approved the addition of up to 300 new sculptures in the long run.
He also added that the museum would be installing the new sculptures over the coming months as soon as the right environmental conditions are met.
“We will continue to sink new artwork, which will put MUSA on people’s radar. Our work helps create more underwater life, and allows tourists to see sculptures that have been underwater for over 8 years as well as newer ones,” Abraham added.
The recently-announced expansion will further boost MUSA’s reputation as one of the world’s leading underwater museums. While similar projects exist in other countries, MUSA stands out for its environmental protection and conservation efforts, which are important for preserving Cancun’s delicate coral reefs.
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MUSA is also an accessible attraction for travelers, and most of its sculptures are located in shallow waters, making it a great choice for beginners. Most importantly, MUSA’s stunning sculptures are a living project that improves over time as more coral reefs form around the extensive artwork.
Practical Information For Travelers
Ideal for both experienced and new divers (and snorkelers), MUSA offers travelers a range of unique tours and experiences.
The museum consists of over 500 sculptures, ranging from smaller works to massive sets that create a lasting impression.
Most underwater sculptures are situated at a depth of just 30 feet, making MUSA ’s sculptures one of the easiest underwater museums to enjoy, regardless of skill level.
Travelers can book several tours on MUSA’s website or through a tour operator.
Snorkel and scuba diving tours are a great option for those that’d like to get in the water. With prices starting at just $50 per person, this 2-and-a-half-hour Punta Nizuc snorkeling tour is an excellent choice for beginners.
During the tour, an expert guide accompanies travelers as they explore 28 beautiful underwater sculptures.
If you’d prefer staying dry while enjoying the beauty of MUSA’s underwater sculptures, opt for this glass bottom boat tour, which has a fixed price of $50 per person throughout the year.
Regardless of the tour, travelers will learn more about Cancun’s beautiful marine wildlife as well as its booming art scene.
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