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November 1, 2013

Cancun’s Underwater Museum

Women and men holding hands of each other, a man burying his head into the sand, a parked Volkswagen and someone lying on the sheath of it.

Can you imagine all these underwater? You don’t have to. They are already there in Cancun, Mexico.


Cancun Underwater Museum

This museum consists of sculptures made of specialized material. The aim is not only a visual show to the scuba divers, snorkelers and free-divers but mainly to form an artificial reef.

Artificial reefs are helpful for underwater conservation. It helps to protect marina animals by forming nesting, hiding and egg laying areas. Corals have already started to grow on these sculptures. These corals will form a coral reef in the future, which will be a home-basement for marine life to colonize.

This underwater museum is not only located in Cancun. Originally called MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte) is located in Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Punta Nizuc.

There are more than 450 sculptures in this underwater museum.

This underwater museum project has founded by a couple of people. Jason deCaires Taylor, Jaime Gonzalez Cano from The National Marine Park and Roberto Diaz from The Cancun Nautical Association are the incorporators.

MUSA is divided into two galleries called Salon Nizuc and Salon Manchones. Salon Manchones is at 6-9 meters and allowed for both scuba divers and snorkelers whereas the other is only allowed to snorkelers because it is only located at 4 meters. In my opinion, reason behind this is to save the sculptures. It will be more difficult to sustain perfect buoyancy in such low depths.

Jason deCaires Taylor

Both a dive instructor and a sculptor, Jason de Caires Taylor is the creator of the sculptors in this underwater museum. He is an underwater naturalist who has more than 15 years of diving experience.

Graduated from London Institute of Arts, Jason de Caires Taylor has chosen to serve the underwater life.

He is the founder and creator of the world’s first underwater park full of sculptures in 2006. It is located in coast of Grenada in the West Indies. This park is listed in “Top 25 Wonders of the World” by National Geographic.

Marine Conservation and Consciousness


I really appreciate people like Jason deCaires Taylor because they combine art and conscious. I cannot comment on the art side of Jason deCaires Taylor’s creation because I don’t have enough knowledge about art of sculptures. But can say few words about the consciousness created.

This kind of projects and people like Jason deCaires Taylor make people think the reason behind this. Even people who think this kind of projects are only for a good view make a search for photos, details and such. At the end of these searches, people also learn concepts like conservation, coral reefs and the importance of them.

What should be done here is not only to create such kind of projects, but to supply enough sources for the community who will make a search for it.

Art should not be made for art. Society should learn about it. By only this way, this kind of projects can become a “lecturer” rather than just beautifully carved objects laying underwater.

I really advise you to take a look at the web-page below for more information about the underwater museum and Jason deCaires Taylor.

What do you think about the underwater museums? Share your thoughts with us.

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