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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  • Very interesting site that is located in the heart of the historical district. Easy to walk around and includes access to a multi-level museum.  more »
  • For my it turned out know this site in a cascade of emotions, origin, past and present together, is a wonderful Museum and parts of the pyramid you see are of indescribable beauty and meaning!
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  • The site is interesting for what time the ruins in place that were found. However, it is better to go before the Museum of anthropology where you can appreciate and understand what was the Aztec culture and when you get to the main temple you will have more information to understand it and appreciate it better
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  • Amazing museum consisting of the excavated ruins of the city centre of the Aztec city Tenochtitlan. What I especially enjoyed about this is that there is a gallery of photos from the actual archaeological work, which gives you a glimpse of how the site must have looked like during the excavation process, as well as the hard work that goes into excavations and analysis. Loved the photos, but I wish the descriptions were also in English (I docked a star for that).
  • Excellent, and quite large modern feeling museum that includes the exterior archaeology site and an unexpectedly extensive museum. You should leave at least a couple hours for the site. There were not any specific children's sections but it was laid out well, and visually interesting enough I think kids would find it accessible. One of my favorites in CDMX
  • I live very near and visit very often. These ruins are the very heart of Mexico City and maybe I should say the whole country. If you come you'll find the history of the ancient civilization that conquered the Valley and then the central part of Mexico. Awesome place where national and international visitors will find a human manifestation of greatness.
  • An outstanding intimate museum focused on the excavations of the Templo major, the original Aztec site. The museum is loaded with articles found on site including numerous interesting tribute objects and larger ceremonial pieces. Well worth the entrance fee (70 pesos) as you also get to tour the Templo site, and this is worth the time. All in all a superb experience you should plan for a 2 hour visit period.
  • Great exhibitions, but half of them aren't in English. There are many forgeiners who come here to see these ruins. They need to consistently update their content in other languages and add captioning to video presentations.

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