Museo del Templo Mayor, Mexico City

4.7
#4 of 824 in Museums in Mexico
Ruin · History Museum
Located in the heart of Mexico City's historic neighborhood, Museo del Templo Mayor is an ancient archaeological site, once one of the Aztec people's most important temples. Belonging to the postclassical period of Mesoamerica, the temple was dedicated to two Aztec gods: Huitzilopochtli, the god of war, and Tlaloc, the god of rain and architecture. In 1987, the museum was built to help preserve the World Heritage Site, helping to continue excavation and provide a rich and detailed history of the temple for visitors. A vast collection of artifacts unearthed throughout the years, as well as a model of the Aztec capital city Tenochtitlán (now Mexico City), are displayed across eight main exhibition halls surrounding the sacred site. To visit Museo del Templo Mayor on your trip to Mexico City, use our Mexico City trip builder website.
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  • This is another archaeological site and museum in Mexico. So sad to see that the whole civilization has disappeared.  more »
  • This is a fantastic archaeological site and museum. It's missing a cafe, but apart from that - amazing. Right in the middle of the city, a lucky, lucky find. So good I've been here twice. There...  more »
  • In order to understand the Aztecs and Tenochtitlan-the beautiful city that existed before Mexico City was built by the Spanish-you must visit this museum. It contains a wonderful collection of...  more »
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  • This is must when visiting Mexico. A great place to start your México City experience. The experience will take you on a historical ride of a life time. A place where ancient structures and modern ones share time and space. The tickets are cheap and the experience is priceless. I recommend taking the metro here or an Uber. Because of its historical value this place gets 5 stars!
  • This is one amazing place and so well presented and preserved. Gives us an idea of how advanced the people were in the past and how inventive they were using available materials to make things work back then. The displays are so well done. You need quite some time to do it justice.
  • This place was like my Disneyland in Mexico City. It contains tons of history, and it present that history in an amazing way. In some ways it packs the whole story of Aztec Empire. Its discovery and presentation also summarizes the modern history of Mexico, which is by itself something amazing. The temple shows how the Aztecs could make something as terrible as dead also something beautiful. Their interpretation of life and dead is certainly one of their most defining characteristics.
  • Excellent indoor/outdoor archaeological site and museum. The juxtaposition of the remains of the multiple iterations of temples with the surrounding colonial-era buildings and the national cathedral is breathtaking. Stop to read every plaque - they’re all worth it - and be sure to go through the museum in addition to the outdoor catwalks through the ruins.
  • Extremely impressive! This is the pinnacle of Aztec culture, ready to be discovered, layer by layer. It's exciting to be able to both see the ruins of 6 (of a total of 7) layers of the biggest twin temple of old Tenochtitlan, and have the museum exhibit and describe even more pieces from the whole of the large Aztec Empire as well as all of Mesoamerican trade partners. There are trade pieces, luxury items, and general goods from the deserts of the north to the jungles of the south. There are big stones depicting goddesses and mythological creatures of Mesoamerican cultures and history (not just of Aztec origin, as they shared a lot of their gods and mythology with other cultures). I'd wish for way more English explanation!! Still, it's 5 stars. Amazing and a must see for everyone coming to Mexico.

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