Museo Nacional de las Culturas Populares, Mexico City

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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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  • O Museu fica bem próximo ao Museu Frida Khalo e pode ser visitado em uma hora ou menos, dependendo se você tem interesse em ler as placas. Aparentemente todas as mostras são temporárias e quando visit...  more »
  • Nosotros fuimos cuando había una exposición sobre el maíz y gastronomía mexicana que me pareció muy buena, interesante y bien montada. Definitivamente valió la pena. 
  • We visited this museum twice. The first time the rotating exhibit included cartoon sculptures of popular Mexican characters. The second time, the exhibit documented foods native to Mexico including co...  more »