Museo Nacional de Antropologia, Mexico City

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Enrich your tour of the city with a history lesson at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, one of Mexico's premier cultural institutions. Established in 1964, this comprehensive museum contains important artifacts from the country's pre-Columbian past. Major highlights include an Aztec stone calendar and a 16th-century statue of Xochipilli, Aztec god of art, games, flowers, and song. After you piece together Mexico's pre-Hispanic past, visit the upper display halls to learn how the country's indigenous cultures live today. Rent an audio guide at the entrance if you wish to explore on your own, or join one of the museum's free guided tours. Plan your visit to Museo Nacional de Antropologia and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Mexico City day trip website.
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  • Very nice museum. Wonderful large exhibits especially if you are not able to visit actual prehispánica ruins. Very well planned, wonderful gardens full of more artifacts. Then when you exit there...  more »
  • I visited the museum 10 years ago alone on a business trip. It was outstanding then. Returning with my wife and 15-year old daughter was a joyous occasion. This museum is awesome. Do it!  more »
  • This is an expansive museum filled with relics from pre-Columbian time. It is very well organized and very easy to follow. Slightly overwhelming; it would be best to be broken down to more than one...  more »
  • Extremely interesting and beautiful place. There is a separate hall for each major culture. The similarities and distinctions between the cultures can be clearly seen in minute and large details. One needs at least a week to slowly digest all that is displayed here, and ideally prepare in advance. If you are in town for a couple of days, dedicate at least half a day for a quick walk through. There is a pretty good restaurant inside — so plan your trip.
  • Fantastic museum with a range of exhibits showcasing human and cultural evolution in the Americas. I came here off the back of a recommendation and was blown away by the scope and scale of the exhibits. I understand that this museum holds a lot of cultural significance for Mexico and a majority Spanish speaking population. My only negative takeaway was the lack of English plaques on a few exhibits. Some were better than others but I think in general they are a few steps short given some of the advertising alludes to a more accommodating experience for native English speakers. The main highlights of the Museum were the Aztec Sun Stone and the large Mushroom Fountain in the centre of the exhibit although the whole museum was filled with worthwhile exhibits. Admission was 80 pesos per adult. I would recommend setting a whole day aside and getting a guide at the front. If you go around without a guide, I'd recommend working your way around the exhibits in an anticlockwise fashion.
  • Such a beautiful museum! We spent two hours here, and only got through maybe 1/4 of the exhibits. Definitely a half-day activity if you want to get through it all. A wide variety of artifacts, from bones, to pottery, to photographs, to building materials. I didn't think I'd be so interested in anthropology! BONUS: the restaurant & cafe here are amazing and very reasonably priced, given the quality of food. I
  • Oh. One of a kind museum. It most definitely deserves more attention that I devoted to it. This place prompts serious conversation on important subjects. I'd better come on week day. Very nice structure and collection. Magnificent
  • This is the best museum I have ever visited. The various periods and cultures are nicely presented in order and you need a lot of time to actually see everything. I managed the lower floors in 2 afternoons, and could not see the upper floors. The way of life of various cultures over time is easily seen with the help of reconstructions and also thousands of artifacts and tools recovered from ancient sites.

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