Museo Nacional de las Culturas, Mexico City

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3.5/5 based on 20+ reviews on the web
Museo Nacional de las Culturas Populares is a museum in Mexico City dedicated to Mexico’s ethnic and cultural diversity. This diversity not only includes that of its indigenous peoples, but also those of its regions and socioeconomic strata. It was founded in 1982 by anthropologist Guillermo Bonfil Batalla at a time when the country was accepting and promoting its cultural diversity. The museum does not have a large permanent collection but rather focuses on temporary exhibits, concerts, workshops and other cultural and educational events as well as promoting the creation of museums in Mexico to promote local cultures. The museum is also home to the Centro de Información y Documentación Alberto Beltrán, founded in 1971 to promote research and knowledge about Mexican handcrafts and folk art and indigenous ethnicities.DescriptionThe museum was established as part of the acknowledgement in the latter 20th century that Mexico consists of various ethnicities and cultures. The term “culturas populares” (popular cultures) refers to indigenous peoples as well as those of different regions, and different socioeconomic levels. Its primary function is to document, promote and foment creative activities in the various subcultures of Mexico in both rural and urban areas through exhibitions and other activities. These activities include collections of art and other objects, photography, film, sound and documentation. The elements of these popular cultures are to be promoted as part of Mexico’s national heritage. The main goal of the museum is not to form a large permanent collection but rather to stimulate the formation of museums and other institutions related to various topics. The museum is a part of the Dirección General de Culturas Populares which is a subsidiary of the Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes. The museum receives about 1.1 million visitors each year, who come to see its frequent temporary exhibitions and other events.
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  • They have a well-thought selection of pieces from the Asian section, particularly. Roman section was less impressive because of the mediocre quality of the replicas. Just walked in because it was righ...  read more »
  • It is a museum that shows more than anything, the history of Greece, their gods, aintigua when I went there was an exhibition of Japanese and Korean, very nice, Tuesday is free. and also there are free movies
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  • Is one of the most interesting museums of Mexico City. Has several rooms that cover diverse cultures that exist and have existed. The sarcophagus of ancient Egypt section. Admission is free. Is located in the same block of the Presidential Palace, a few steps from the Zócalo.
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  • Exhibits focused on an interesting mashup of different world cultures. Permanent collection of Egyptian, Chinese and Korean artifacts. The hall of Greek and Roman sculpture reproductions is a bit kitsch. Free entry.
  • Muy buenas exposiciones permanentes y temporales
  • El museo esta bien cuidado.
  • It is amazing, don't miss it.
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  • Very good Museum is very interesting, I liked it so much.
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