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Museo Rufino Tamayo, Oaxaca
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Browse the extensive collection at Museo Rufino Tamayo. 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 Museo Rufino Tamayo and other Oaxaca attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Rufino Tamayo collected an amazing array of pre-columbian art. The building itself is of the colonial era and a perfect venue to display this vital and representative collection. It should not be miss...  more »
  • Fabulous, innovative display of artifacts as art, often in groupings that tell a story. The quality of the work was marvelous, and the small scale of the museum made it manageable in an hour. 
  • Wonderful artifacts displayed in stunning display cases with colourful backdrop. Signage in English, French and of course Spanish - with cards available in each gallery in these languages informing co...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Incredible collection of pre-Hispanic culture. Has with several rooms and requires minimum of two hours to traverse it without haste. Discount is there a for students. Cost normal $40.00 per person. Highly recommended.
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  • Excellent space to learn more about our culture, that in a short time you can browse it leisurely and admire all the pieces here are found
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