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Templo Mayor Museum, Mexico City

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Located in the heart of Mexico City's historic neighborhood, Templo Mayor Museum is an ancient archaeological site, once one of the Aztec people's most important temples. Belonging to the postclassical period of Mesoamerica, the temple was dedicated to two Aztec gods: Huitzilopochtli, the god of war, and Tlaloc, the god of rain and architecture. In 1987, the museum was built to help preserve the World Heritage Site, helping to continue excavation and provide a rich and detailed history of the temple for visitors. A vast collection of artifacts unearthed throughout the years, as well as a model of the Aztec capital city Tenochtitlán (now Mexico City), are displayed across eight main exhibition halls surrounding the sacred site. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Templo Mayor Museum and many more Mexico City attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Mexico City vacation trip planner.
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  • The nice thing is Templo Mayor is easy to access since it is set in the middle of the Zocalo & they offer student discounts. When I went over the holidays, there was a long line! There is little shade...  more »
  • More my husbands cup of tea than mine, nevertheless I still found it interesting with good museum attached.  more »
  • We went to know this place after visiting the base, since it is in immediate vicinity. Did a day Sunday, knowing that Sundays admission is free to all museums and historical places, and indeed it did when visiting the Palace of fine arts (which is very close the socket), but entering they charged us equal input, although not all face. Only Mexicans and foreign residents were exempt. Walk through the ruins is very well signposted, in every place there is a sign with a very well explained review. At the end there is a beautiful Museum, with a guide anthropologist who explains very well everything about the place, history and findings. It has elements of the Teotihuacan culture very similar to the Museum of anthropology, but it is worthwhile to go to hear a more detailed explanation of the Teotihuacan people. The Museum is free. Recommendations: do not buy the brochures that sell at the door because they are not certified and possess information extracted from abstracts of secondary. They are useless. And wear glasses and hat, during a visit to the ruins the Sun is very strong.
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  • It has a nice collection but seems like the administration of the museum isn't going well cause the cleaning and assembly are bad, theres some missing identity card, also I recommend visit during the week and not in Sunday (too many people and stressful kids that are dangerous to the exposition) The day I went there was a doctor named Alfonso who was a great exposer (I think he's only on sundays)
  • Small but nice site. Dual temples atop a pyramid (150'/45m tall when it reached its maximum). "Center of the universe". Serpent, eagle, frog, & more sculptures. Red frescoes (compare to color at Teotihuacan). Dedication to man's best friend (who guides your spirit thru the underworld). Eagle pottery, eagle skeleton.
  • A great museum, where they did a good job of presenting archeological findings. It is very very crowded though.
  • The museum at the Templo Mayor is incredible. Much better than I expected, full with interesting artifacts, presented very professionally. There was a very good amount of information in English too. Really helped to understand the ruins you see outside.
  • The best exhibition of Mexica/Aztec culture done with objects from the urban archaeology program.