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La Marimba Park and Museum

Tuxtla Gutiérrez

The marimba is an indisputable symbol of Chiapan culture. It is said to be of African influence, but it was in the municipality of Jiquilpan, 60 kilometers ( 37 miles ) from Tuxtla Gutierrez, where the musician Corazon de Jesus Borraz Moreno created the modern marimba in 1892, with two keyboards and chromatic vibrations that interpret soft sounds.

Chiapas worships this instrument so much that, in 1993, el Parque de la Marimba (“Marimba Park”) was founded, one of the most visited places in Tuxtla Gutiérrez. Every day, at the end of the afternoon, people gather around the kiosk to listen to three representative marimbas of the region: Reyna Tuxtleca, Santa Cecilia and Seguridad Pública and they show their best steps to put rhythm to the night. The music stops after 10:00 pm.

To learn more about this instrument, in the city you can visit el Museo de la Marimba (“Marimba Museum”), located right in front of its park. There are five exhibition rooms where the materials used to make them are described, such as: the long-lived wood of the ant tree for the body of the marimba and the huitzitzil sticks for the drumsticks, originally called bolillos.

There is also a marimba production workshop and electronic kiosks to listen to the most popular tunes. Similarly, the floor simulates the keyboard of a giant marimba so that visitors can play pieces, guided by notes projected on a monitor.

The marimba is an indisputable symbol of Chiapan culture. It is said to be of African influence, but it was in the municipality of Jiquilpan, 60 kilometers ( 37 miles ) from Tuxtla Gutierrez, where the musician Corazon de Jesus Borraz Moreno created the modern marimba in 1892, with two keyboards and chromatic vibrations that interpret soft sounds.

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Chiapas worships this instrument so much that, in 1993, el Parque de la Marimba (“Marimba Park”) was founded, one of the most visited places in Tuxtla Gutiérrez. Every day, at the end of the afternoon, people gather around the kiosk to listen to three representative marimbas of the region: Reyna Tuxtleca, Santa Cecilia and Seguridad Pública and they show their best steps to put rhythm to the night. The music stops after 10:00 pm.

To learn more about this instrument, in the city you can visit el Museo de la Marimba (“Marimba Museum”), located right in front of its park. There are five exhibition rooms where the materials used to make them are described, such as: the long-lived wood of the ant tree for the body of the marimba and the huitzitzil sticks for the drumsticks, originally called bolillos.

There is also a marimba production workshop and electronic kiosks to listen to the most popular tunes. Similarly, the floor simulates the keyboard of a giant marimba so that visitors can play pieces, guided by notes projected on a monitor.

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