Fragments of the city’s past are displayed in special Campeche cultural centers and sites, such as the Baluarte de San Carlos fortress and the City Museum, where visitors can see pre-Hispanic and colonial artifacts displayed alongside photographs and scale models that trace the path of Campeche’s development.
The Museum of Mayan Culture is housed within the Fuerte de San Miguel – a fort of great historical value – with displays of Mayan pieces found at various archeological sites around the state of Campeche. More Mayan artifacts can be found in the Dr. Román Piña Stella Museum. The museums' gift shops are a good place to pick up Mayan souvenirs,
Other museums include the fortress called Baluarte de la Soledad, home to the Stella Museum; the Ex-Templo de San José, also with the Campeche Museum; and the Casa Teniente del Rey dating back to the 17th century, housing Campeche’s Regional Museum.
The Museo Barcos y Armas is another important museum in Campeche with its extensive collection of paintings and other artifacts that recall maritime attacks, with accounts of pirates that recapitulate the city’s past.