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See the beautiful and unique Cancun Underwater Museum

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The Underwater Museum of Art (MUSA), just off the coast of Cancun, is a museum unlike any other. It's made up of over 500 life-sized sculptural installations accessed only by scuba diving, snorkeling or adventuring via glass bottom boat.

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The bewitching MUSA is more than an art museum; it's an act of conservation. The sculptures are all attached to the ocean floor and composed of materials that encourage coral reef formation, creating new places for sea life to flourish.

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The museum is divided into three galleries: Manchones, Punta Nizuc and Punta Sam. Here are some examples of the artwork you can see at these galleries below the surface.

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"The Silent Evolution" by Jason deCaires Taylor - Manchones

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Marine life has already made itself at home, thriving on the sculptured bodies of Jason deCaires Taylor's "The Silent Evolution."

No Title by Elier Amado Gil - Nizuc

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This untitled figure stands beautifully in the sun's rays as they shine through the water above.

"The Last Supper" by Jason deCaires Taylor - Nizuc

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An eerie, overgrown scene awaits at this seemingly abandoned dinner table dubbed "The Last Supper."

"Diego" by Roberto Diaz Abraham - Manchones

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Inspired by the artist's grandson, "Diego" is a bright spot among more somber sculptures.

"The Speaker" by Jason deCaires Taylor - Nizuc

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A speaker stands at a podium, perhaps ready to make a statement about contributions to conservation.

"Ice Breaker" by Elier Amado Gil - Nizuc

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Elier Amado Gil's statement-making "Ice Breaker" is surrounded by beautiful fish and sea plants.

"Inertia" by Jason deCaires Taylor - Nizuc

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The ironic "Inertia" sits still as its surface serves as an ever-changing illustration of thriving marine life.

"Seascape" by Karen Salinas - Manchones

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"Seascape" is a beautifully-designed ring built to host underwater flora.

"Vein Man" by Jason deCaires Taylor - Nizuc

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The haunting "Vein Man" will soon be overtaken by all manner of sea life, transforming into a more uplifting image of bustling life and hope.

"Blessings" by Elier Amado Gil - Punta Sam

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Helping hands rise from the ocean floor, ready to extend an invitation to marine creatures needing a home.

"Urban Reef (House I)" by Jason deCaires Taylor - Manchones

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Cleverly titled "Urban Reef," this house, complete with bubbling chimney, serves as a unique underwater dwelling.

"Ocean Muse" by Roberto Diaz Abraham - Nizuc

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The enchanting "Ocean Muse" is a calming underwater presence.

"Understanding" by Elier Amado Gil - Nizuc

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Titled "Understanding," men are seated in a circle creating a showstopping sculptural installation and artificial reef.

"Time Bomb" by Jason deCaires Taylor - Manchones

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"Time Bomb," consisting of bombs and mines, makes a strong statement about Earth's environment.

"Reclamation" by Jason deCaires Taylor - Nizuc

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A woman throws her gaze to the sky with intensity and perhaps hopefulness that the sea will once again be reclaimed by its inhabitants.

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