Pre-Hispanic Art Museum Rufino Tamayo in Mexico, Oaxaca

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Browse the extensive collection at Pre-Hispanic Art Museum Rufino Tamayo in Mexico. Founded in the 1970s, the museum houses items donated by the famous Oaxacan painter Rufino Tamayo, who was inspired by pre-Columbian artwork and collected pieces throughout his life. Explore the colonial-era building's five rooms, each painted a different color. View stone sculptures, ceramics, figurines, and other art pieces from the pre-Hispanic era, with English and Spanish explanations. Visit the gift shop for a charming souvenir. Our Oaxaca trip itinerary maker makes visiting Pre-Hispanic Art Museum Rufino Tamayo in Mexico and other Oaxaca attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Where it was, but when I finally found it, It was well worth the visit. Many of the sculptures came from the coastal areas of Nayarit and Veracruz! The rooms are different colors and there is an exten...  more »
  • This museum is not a historical trip, because it has been curated in terms of art values and special features that Rufino Tamayo liked. Each piece is awesome. The exhibitions in the courtyard are also...  more »
  • This was, in our opinion the best small exhibition space in the city and has an outstanding collection of pre-hispanic works. Everything is beautifully displayed in rooms of various colours and there ...  more »
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  • Small but nice selection. Free on Sundays
  • Small museum, like most in Oaxaca. Some really interesting items displayed very well.
  • A great collection that's very well presented.
  • We had no idea what we were walking into. This is the pre-hispanic art that Rufino Tamayo collected to be put on display, so that it would be appreciated as art and not just artifacts. While other museums have collections of prehispanic pieces, this is the only one that displays them as art. It is a magnificent collection in a space that is a good fit. I would only hope it would be larger because I know there are many more pieces that need more space to be displayed. For one person to take on this task and do it so well is remarkable and so is the museum. Because we did not appreciate what was here we only had a little more than an hour. There is much more here than one hour will cover. In addition had an opportunity to meet with the director, who gave us the background of how this all came to be. There are Tamayo paintings here. They are elsewhere. But there is a series of lithos on the office wall that drew on prehispanic pieces, with Tamayo bringing them with some rework into the 20th century. Simply a wonderful place.
  • A cultural must see.