Most museums around the word are conveniently located in major cities. But there's one museum that's completely different. The Museo Subacuático de Arte is located underwater in Mexico. The only way to see it is by scuba diving. Located off the coast of Isla Mujeres in Mexico's Riviera Maya, Musa is the world's largest underwater museum. It lies 28 feet below the ocean's surface and has an amazing display of over 500 life-sized scultures.
450 statues make up "The Silent Evolution" display.
Roberto Diaz Abraham is one of the founders who began the project in 2009. He describes it as an "art of conservation." It was built to protect the endangered Mesoamerican Reef, the second-largest barrier reef in the world.
The scultures hold special nooks and crannies that support the breeding of marine life while providing a safe habitat.
Taylor is responsible for a large portion of the works. He modeled the sculptures after local residents of his hometown, Puerto Morelos.
To promote coral growth, he covered his scultures with a marine-grade cement consisting of a PH-neutral surface. As a result, the statues have become covered in algae and coral to make them look even more spectacular.
"The Banker" was created by Taylor based around satirical commentary on humanity. It is a series of men in business suits submerging their heads in the sand. Taylor says, "It represents the loud acknowledgment made about the issue, but when it comes to taking action nobody wants to stick their neck out and do something about it."
One of the statues in "The Banker" series.
Not everything is satirical. "The Resurrection" was created to symbolize the growth of new life using coral fans that broke off during a thunderstorm in Cancun.
One of statues in "The Resurrection" series.
Perhaps the "The Anchors" is one that will resonate with most tourists. The pieces are molded from the heads of "Today" show anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, and Natalie Morales, and NBC News correspondent Kerry Sanders.
It was created as part of a "Today" show story featuring MUSA.
The most interesting thing about MUSA is that each of the works are built for a specific reason: to aid in the protection and understanding of marine life.
For instance, "The Ear" is a piece that is installed with a hydrophone and hard drive that allows researchers to study marine life through audio.
Anthropocene," or the Volkswagen was made for lobsters. It has holes to allow them to enter and the inside is stacked with shelving units where they like to sleep.
MUSA is definitely an unordinary experience. There are two different exhibits within the museum. Salon Manchones holds 475 sculptures and is 27 feet deep. Punta Nizuc is a more shallow snorkeling area at 13 feet deep.
"The Silent Evolution" exhibit before being submerged underwater.
MUSA is open year-round for the public. However, because it's a conservation area, you'll need to sign up with the museum's tour guides to access it. It's about $60 for a two-hour tour.
Here’s some footage for anyone who wants a closer look.
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