MUSA, the underwater museum of Cancun
You’ve likely heard of it, seen photos of it but may not have experienced it up close and in person. Nevertheless, the underwater museum is not something to be missed.
Created in 2009, MUSA or Museo Subacuático de Arte, was formed in the waters around the city of Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Punta Nizuc. The project, founded by Jaime Gonzalez Cano of The National Marine Park, Roberto Diaz of The Cancun Nautical Association and artist, Jason deCaires Taylor, is made up of over 500 permanent, life-sized sculptures.
The underwater museum was put together to demonstrate how the interaction between art and environmental science forms reef structures for which marine life can colonize, inhabit and increase the biomass on a large scale. Some say it resembles a massive underwater garden.
Each of the underwater structures is made from special material that promotes coral life, which constantly changes the face of the art as well as attracting varying marine life. To date, the structures cover an area of more than 420 square meters, making it one of the largest and most ambitious artificial underwater art attractions in the world.
The underwater Cancun Marine Park is one of the most visited areas of water in the world, capturing more than 750,000 visitors each year. The famous underwater museum is separated into two galleries. One gallery is called Salon Manchones and the other, Salon Nizuc.
The gallery of Salon Manchones is approximately eight meters deep, making it suitable for snorkelers and divers alike. The second gallery, Salon Nizuc, is in water of about four meters deep and is perfect for only snorkelers.