Museums in La Paz and Cabo San Lucas
While you are in Cabo San Lucas, if you are into cultural information or are interested in knowing more about the area, its history and nature, you'll find a few museums in Cabo San Lucas, most are located in La Paz, the state capital.
Museo de Cabo San Lucas
(AKA Natural History Museum and Museo de las Californias) This museum was inaugurated October 9th, 2006, you'll find it in downtown Cabo. The building in the past was a school called Artículo 123 Naciones Unidas. It currently has scientific exhibits that include paleo-botany and antropology, geology and skeletons of sea mammals, birds and reptiles. Part of the exhibit covers the history of Cabo. The archaeological exhibit includes part of a Pericú skeleton, the ethnical group that inhabited the southern part of the peninsula. There are exhibits that include sea biodiversity, astronomy and an area for temporary exhibits.
- Open: Tuesday-Friday: 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 - 14:00
- Address: Plaza Amelia Wilkes, Downtown Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos, Baja California Sur
- Phone: (624) 105-0661
- Fax: (624) 105-0815
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The Whale Museum (La Paz)
At the Whale Museum (el Museo de la Ballena) you’ll find various illustrations, photos and other informational graphics that explain and inform the history of the seasonal whale migrations to the beautiful shores of southern Baja California, including an impressive 12-meter long skeleton that will surprise you. This museum is located within the Cultural Center Professor Jesús Castro Agúndez.
The building of the Cultural Center Professor Jesús Castro Agúndez is also notable from a modern architectural standpoint, as well as hosting the Whale Museum it is also home to the City Theater, the Historical Archive, some art galleries and the Public Library. It also offers green areas and a playground space for children.
Regional Anthropology and History Museum (La Paz)
History of Baja California from pre-Columbian times to the first decades of the 20th Century.
This interesting Regional Anthropology and History Museum has 4 areas that showcase different subjects that include prehistoric remains, objects from the colonial times and the modern era.
It also has an ethno botanical garden and some rooms that offer educational and cultural programs.
Natural History Museum (La Paz)
It is located within the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur. This is a great museum with scientific collections that include paleontology, geology, paleo-biology and paleo-anthropology and showcases remains of marine mammals, birds and reptiles.
In the beginning the museum was used to house the "United Nations" School. This place is where all paleontological findings in the region are kept.
The museum also offers seven areas that include one that deals with local history, where you’ll find, among other things, for example, the tools used by local sailors, the story of Baja California and more.
There is also an archaeological area where you can marvel at the remains of the skeleton of a Pericu, edúe or Cora woman, an ethnic group that inhabited the southern part of the peninsula of Baja California.
The biodiversity exposition shows a comprehensive seabed, information about the migration of whales and dolphins as well as sea turtle preservation projects. Other areas in the museum exhibit astronomy, geology, paleontology and temporary expo halls.
Regional Museum of Telecommunications (La Paz)
La Paz also has a Regional Telecommunication Museum with more than 50 antique communication, television and radio devices. Portraits and biographies of very famous scientists are also showcased, such as Thomas Alva Edison, Samuel Morse and Mexican Juan de la Granja, who introduced the telegraph in Mexico.
Last but not least interesting, we mention the Los Cabos Cultural Center, which has a small collection of photographs of fossils and replicas of Indian paintings.
So, not only can you enjoy great and memorable moments on the beach, in the sea or in Los Cabos and La Paz, remember you’ll also find very interesting cultural offerings that will make your stay even more enjoyable, and as a plus, you’ll learn more about the area too.
The Whale Museum. Located within the Cultural Center Professor Jesús Castro Agúndez.
Navarro St., between Altamirano and Gómez Farías, La Paz.
Open Monday to Friday from 8:00AM to 3:00PM.
Regional Anthropology and History Museum
Open from Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 6:00 PM and Saturdays from 9:00AM to 2:00PM.
Ignacio M. Altamirano Street and 5 de Mayo Street, La Paz.
Natural History Museum
Regional Museum of Telecommunications
Open from Tuesday to Friday from 8:00AM to 2:00PM and Saturdays from 9:00 to 1:30PM.
Location: Guillermo Prieto St. #220, Downtown, La Paz.
List of Museums in Baja California Sur
Regional Museum of Anthropology and History (INAH)
History of the state from pre-Columbian times to the first decades of the 20th Century.
Natural History Museum (UABCS)
Geology, paleo-botany local wildlife, plus an exhibit on paleo-anthropology containing replicas of skulls of hominids.
Regional Museum of Telecommunications
Communication, radio and television devices from 1929 to the present day.
History of music in Baja California Sur. Housed in a renovated 19th century building with musical objects and instruments that belonged to famous musicians.
Community Whale Museum
57 works of art; also contains the conserved skeletons of a gray whale and a fin-back whale, the only one in Mexico.
Museum of Jesuit Missions (INAH)
History of Jesuit-built missions in Californian territory in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Unit of INAH services
Mining history of Santa Rosalía located in the former Boleo mining headquarters.
Museum on cave painting (INAH)
San Francisco de la Sierra
Samples of cave art of the Sierra de San Francisco and information about the sierra region.
Museum of the Californias
Cabo San Lucas
History of pre-Columbian and mission times, with artifacts from the Cape region.Natural History Museum Cabo San Lucas Scientific collections include biology, geology, antropology and more.
History of pre-Columbian, mission, and revolution eras for Todos Santos.
Author: M. A. Gallardo