Growing up, I never considered myself much of an art fan, but that totally changed during my college years.
You might say that my tastes developed much like a fine wine, because now, I take every opportunity I can to walk around museums and see various exhibits in all their beautiful glory.
Most museums that people go to feature collections of artwork scattered across multiple rooms. If you’re lucky, you might find yourself in the presence of a work by da Vinci, Monet, or Warhol. Just about every museum has something that sets it apart from the rest, but the Museo Subacuático de Arte (MUSA) is unlike any I’ve ever seen before, and it’s taking art to new depths.
In 2009, MUSA became the world’s first underwater museum.
It can be found in the waters surrounding Cancun, Isla Mujeres, and Punta Nizuc, Mexico.
With more than 500 permanentlife-sized sculptures, MUSA is considered to be one of the largest underwaterattractions in the world.
The impressive museum is the brainchild of Jaime González Cano, the director of the National Marine Park; Roberto Díaz Abraham, the former president of the Cancun Nautical Association; and sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor.
It was created with the intent of demonstrating how art and environmental science can interact with one another.
Each one of MUSA’s sculptures is made of specialized materials that help promote active coral life.
Many of the pieces depict everyday activities.
While Taylor created most of the sculptures, there are also contributions by a variety of amazing artists such as Enrique Miralda, Karen Salinas, and Salvador Quiroz.
The museum covers over 4,500 square feet of the ocean floor.
Art lovers can visit MUSA by either scuba diving through it or taking a glass-bottom boat tour.
See even more of the museum’s underwater wonders below: