National Museum of Cultures, 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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  • I like museums and this was a good visit. Though it is quite large so bring water with you, you will walk a lot on this tour. A heads up, if you are carrying bags with you, thats fine but shopping wil...  more »
  • For starters, this museum is centrally located near the Plaza Mayor, and in a beautiful old building. It is dedicated to exhibiting cultural artifacts from all the major regions of the world. There ar...  more »
  • It is a museum with exhibitions of diverse cultures (Egyptian, Greek, Japanese, china, etc) the rooms are small, but with the most representative of each culture, has a central patio with benches, to make a little break since they are several rooms. It has temporary exhibitions and specific, I had opportunity to visit an exhibition of a region of China, where I could observe various headdresses, necklaces and clothing that people use in different festivities. Also count with replicas of sculptures, museum pieces found in different museums around the world, which you can appreciate and enjoy themselves again, is that you've already had opportunity to see them in original.
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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
  • Salas algo pequeñas, pero agradable
  • El museo esta bien cuidado.
  • I recommend a very good Museum
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