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  • Museo Arqueológico de Hecelchakán
    Museo Arqueológico de Hecelchakán
Museo Arqueológico del Camino Real de Hecelchakán
Opened to the public in 1965, in an eighteenth-century colonial house, the museum exhibits Maya architectural elements from various sites, as well a fine collection of Jaina figures, vessels and carved stone objects.

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About the museum
The Royal Road Museum, as it is also known, is housed in an eighteenth-century mansion of the viceregal period, in the main plaza of the Municipality of Hecelchakan. According to the official history the town was founded in the sixteenth century. Hecelchakan is located in the savanna; it is an indigenous name meaning “resting place in the savanna.”

A version of its history is told by the 1547 Tax Register and various documents of the period, which record that Hecelchakan was part of a larger “encomienda” controlled by Pedro Martín de Bonilla located 25 miles to the north in the towns of Cenote and Mopilá. In 1579 the Franciscan order built a monastery called Jecchakan in this “independent town.”

The Royal Road of Hecelchakan Archeological Museum was located in the center of town on the north side of the same plaza as the monastery. It was opened to the public under the administration of Colonel José Ortiz Ávila, who gave the building on free loan to the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), where it remains today. The permanent collection established at the time includes an interesting selection of archeological finds from the settlements in the north of the state such as Xcalumkin, Xcombek, Itzimte, Xculoc and other sites from the Puuc region of western Campeche. However the majority of items in the collection come from the island of Hina or Jaina.

Today the community hosting the museum is home to 10,000 inhabitants who retain a deep-rooted intangible Mayan cultural tradition. It is located nearly 40 miles north of Campeche on the west side of Federal Highway 180, which runs northwards linking it to the Municipality of Calkini.
June 1965
An exert point of view
Antonio Benavides Castillo
Antonio Benavides Castillo
Centro INAH Campeche
Practical information
Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00 to 15:00 hrs. Maximum capacity 25 people at time

$50.00 pesos

  • Sundays free for Mexican citizens
  • Free entrance for Mexicans under 13 years old
  • Free entrance for Mexican students and teachers
  • Free entrance for Mexican senior citizens
  • No Smoking
  • No entry with food
  • Pets not allowed
  • No Flash
Calle 20 por Calle 18 s/n,
Colonia Centro, C.P. 24800,
Hecelchakán, Campeche, México.

40 miles north of Campeche via Federal Highway 180 towards Calkini.


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(981) 816 9111; (981) 816 9136, Ext. 138036
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