In the interior of the old Belisario Dominguez School, which is now the Cultural Center of the Arts in Chetumal, you will find the City’s Museum, which shows pictures, utensils, and documents which narrate the founding of the city from its beginning to the end of the War of the Casts, when Othon Pompeyo Blanco arrived and developed a modern era.
Among the most attractive pieces in this museum, you will find a small version of Chetumal Pontoon, where Aduana would take session in the era when Payo Obispo had just began its economic splendor. On its interiors you will observe weapons used during the War of Casts, ancient vases, coins, necklaces, radios, televisions, gramophones, and a “secretaire” that belonged to the Admiral of the Mexican Army, Othon Pompeyo Blanco, whose name was used to name a Chetumal municipality.
The City’s museum also contains an area dedicated to home living in which you can observe the feminine side of the household with sewing machine, iris, chairs and dressing tables that were used in the traditional households of high ranking inhabitants. The museum is divided into six rooms. The first contains the Payo Obispo predecessors; the second, the founding and the first few years; the third, the wooden city; the fourth, the national influence in Chetumal.
In the fifth room, you may observe the recovered city after the devastating passage of hurricane Janet and in the sixth room there is a display of daily living in Chetumal, with its games, traditions and customs which show its idiosyncrasies.
The creation of the museum, founded in 1998, photographic material was collected and classified corresponding to a long period which extends from 1916 to 1974. Maps from 1904, 1918, 1928, 1936 and 1946, where the city is outlined.