This museum is not like any other in the world. In fact, it’s about 20 feet deeper. The Museo Subacuático de Arte (MUSA), also known as the Cancún Underwater Museum, has all of its sculptures planted on the ocean floor, 10-20 feet below sea level.

Why Is The Museum Under Water?

It was a deliberate decision to create this underwater spectacle in an attempt to conserve the area. In fact, the goal of the creators is to save nearby coral reefs that were slowly being destroyed by divers.

Instead, the divers are now more interested in this incredibly unique museum full of almost 500 sculptures. The statues are made of a material that increases likelihood of coral growth, creating a new ecosystem of its own, and contributing to save the ocean. The makeup is a special concoction of concrete, sand, gravel, fiberglass and silicone.

What’s in the Museum?

Not what you were expecting, huh? The statues that you’ll find in the museum might surprise you too.

They obtained a permit to sink 1,200 sculptures in 10 different spots along the Cancún National Marine Park, and so far have implemented 477 of them. And oh man are they cool.

Sunken out of sight from the surface you’ll find cars, houses, little girls, businessmen, a desk with a dog lying behind it, crosses, and much more.

Out of the 477 art pieces, 400 of them are depictions of people. Some are disgraced, lying face down and butt up in the air. Others are interacting with the environment around them in both positive and negative ways. Some are shown embracing, fishing, naked and clothed.

A disgraced man lying in the sand. By Andy Blackledge from Scottsdale, AZ, USA – The Farter, CC BY 2.0

Tourism

Obviously, this museum is a bit trickier to get to than most. But that doesn’t stop tourists from visiting. An estimated 200,000 people see this museum every year.

You can scuba dive or snorkel into the ocean for the best view, and to snap some amazing pictures of the growing coral, fish and ocean life. If that’s not your thing, you can sail over in in a glass bottom boat, seeing the beauty beneath you.

For truly fantastic pictures and more amazing information, see the museum’s official site.