Museo Nacional de las Culturas Populares, Mexico City
(3.2/5 based on 30+ 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 title is very clear and when you arrive you wait find more than that, but it seemed rather fair of Tamale, in fact nothing changes to make in February. If there is a variety of products but the majority are of poor quality and expensive
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  • Although it is small was worth the penalty, never thought so many presentations and combinations of chocolate. Know our roots makes us more great. The beautiful Museum. Obvious Coyoacán is beautiful.
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  • This museum has a tiny foreign art collection.  Most artifacts are replicas. There are better places to spend a few days in Mexico City.