Museo del Templo Mayor, Mexico City

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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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  • Imagine it was once a city on the island and Cortez took it from the side of the water. Imagine how horrified the Christians were when they saw children sacrificed to the gods. The museum is very... 
    Imagine it was once a city on the island and Cortez took it from the side of the water. Imagine how horrified the Christians were when they saw children sacrificed to the gods. The museum is very...  more »
  • This museum and the surrounding grounds present archeological research that display found objects and structures dating back centuries before the colonial period. The work is presented in a way that.....  more
    This museum and the surrounding grounds present archeological research that display found objects and structures dating back centuries before the colonial period. The work is presented in a way that.....  more »
  • Well worth the stop. There is a lot to see and a lot of cool artifacts to see. Also being able to walk through the ruins was cool. 
    Well worth the stop. There is a lot to see and a lot of cool artifacts to see. Also being able to walk through the ruins was cool.  more »
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  • Simply amazing! The museum is very well organized but I didn't know there was one. I thought I was coming to see some ruins and that's it. I wish there was better signage to traverse the ruins and to guide tourists over to the museum housing all the amazing discoveries unearthed during the excavation of Templo Mayor. A must see for anyone visiting Mexico City!
  • The museum itself was a great experience. But, a quick warning, it is a time consuming museum. If you are willing to stop and read every little detail, this is a visit that can take more than an hour. But if you're only there to see the architecture and skim through the artifacts, then it will be a quick one. The thing that I liked the most was the attention to detail and the explicit amount of information available about every artifact and the construction itself. The only thing that I did not like was the whole process of being admitted to the museum. They do a back-pack check and obligate you to throw away any food or water that you may be carrying. Which is dumb because they have a luggage center where you can leave all your belonging at no extra-cost. If you are going to visit the museum, make sure to not take anything but your phone and wallet.
  • Great museum. Lots of stuff to see with historical and pre-historical artifacts. If you love cultural education, this is a good start and informational stop to make. Great prices. Clean facilities. Staff is serious about conserving the integrity of the artifacts displayed, so please respect the rules and do not touch or crossed any lines (very obvious on the ground). They have an elevator too
  • They don’t allow water. Many museums do not allow water, but they will hold it for you. These people will not do that. Mexico City is at a high altitude and you need water. I went in while my wife had to wait outside to hold the water. I found that most of the good stuff could be viewed from the terrace which you can go on for free. I recommend you pass up paying admission to go see this place unless you are really really interested in Mayan history.
  • The museum has very nice collections of artifacts but with mostly illustrations/captions in Spanish. I had to use Google translate to navigate my way and enjoy the visit. Some artifacts could have been better displayed.

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