Greater scientific knowledge, a new cultural space and an attraction for tourists in Yucatan, are represented by the proposed Museum of Light, a project jointly promoted by the Government of Yucatan and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), which will allow the state to have a world-class museum of this type.
This new state-of-the-art site, which will be built on the grounds of the old railway station of Mérida, better known as La Plancha, will enrich the cultural circuit of the Historic Center of the Yucatan capital and will focus attention of Yucatecans and tourists to this point of the city that for many years has been abandoned, making it a reference for cultural tourism.
This area of Mérida, which in the past was one of the areas of greatest economic dynamics due to the operation of the train terminal, was forgotten; with a wasteland of large dimensions that represented a risk to the safety of the neighbors and those who pass through there, so with the establishment of this infrastructure project, the area will have a new face.
Its proximity to the heart of the Yucatan capital will also allow it to be included in the itinerary of visitors, mainly the cultural tourism segment, while Yucatecans will enjoy a space ranking with the best museums in the world.
In the modern space will be presented scientific and technological advances associated with luminescence and offer a site designed to bring knowledge through various interactive activities designed for visitors of all ages.
With an investment of 100 million pesos for its construction, this plan responds to the interest of Governor Mauricio Vila Dosal and the country’s leading university to grow this project located in Mexico City and open a new headquarters that will bring the luminous phenomena, from all the areas of human creation, through didactic and fascinating elements for the attendees.
During the visit made last February by the rector of UNAM, Enrique Graue Wiechers, to Governor Vila Dosal, it was announced that the Museum will have an area of 4,430 square meters and will have dozens of attractions, including six areas of permanent exhibition, a room of temporary exhibitions, an experimental laboratory of science and art, a zone of workshops, offices and another one of attention to the public.
In addition, it will have outdoor exhibition areas and spaces shared with the “La Plancha” complex, such as a restaurant, a shop, auditorium, multipurpose room and information and documentation center.
The construction of the Museum of Light in Yucatan, together with the National School of Higher Studies (ENES), the Research Unit of the Chicxulub Crater and the opening of undergraduate, engineering and postgraduate degrees different from those taught in the state, are a reflection of the strategic alliance between the State Government and the UNAM.
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