Museo Nacional de las Culturas Populares, Mexico City

(3.3/5 based on 35+ 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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  • The Museum is chiquito and his entry, very cheap (less than a dollar). On Sunday, free. So if visiting Coyoacan, and there is time to visit this place is an option because it has very beautiful craft objects. The bad thing is the Museology that is very simple, elemental even. The fairs that are usually mounted here (Tamale, chocolate, the prickly pear, etc.) are a good way to see and try out the various ways in which those products are prepared. That Yes: are not always the best or the cheapest. However, it is better to buy them here than go to some distant delegation and without knowing where they prepare them better. It is within walking distance of the center of Coyoacan.
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  • In the heart of Coyoacan, you will find this small museum, which boasts a large room and two small. Sunday admission is free and has parking right in front. The exhibition in February 2017 was around maize, including General information, and a major exhibition that goes from artifacts, recorded agricultural cycles, music, superstition, samples, photographs and geography, all around this element. Seems to me pretty well armed, small yaunque, a disciplined tour will take an hour and leaves us with interesting lessons.
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  • The Museum is very close to the Frida Kahlo Museum and can be visited in 1 hour or less, depending on if you are interested in reading the signs. Apparently all the shows are temporary and when we visited the show was about the corn, the basis of food, culture and Cosmology of various Mexican peoples. I really enjoyed, but the exhibition was completely in Spanish, which left my girlfriend, Canadian,.
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