Museo Mesoamericano del Jade
Located inside a large jewelry shop, the Mesoamerican Museum of Jade (Av. 16 de Septiembre at Calle 5 de Febrero, tel. 967/678-1121, www.eljade.com, noon–8 p.m. Mon.–Sat., noon–6 p.m. Sun., US$3) consists of a timeline of the major indigenous cultures of Mexico and their use of jade.
The highlights are the replicas of Maya masks and artifacts, including ones from Tikal, Copán, and the famous funerary mask of K’inich Janaab Pakal found in the Temple of the Inscriptions at Palenque.
At the end is a large, rather underwhelming reproduction of Pakal’s tomb. Signage is in Spanish only.
© Liza Prado and Gary Chandler from Moon Chiapas, 1st Edition