One of the best museums in the world, join me visiting National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City.
Mexico City is full of fascinating museums, if you’re interested in art, history, traditions, contemporary art, old ancient cultures, house-museums of famous artists this is the city for you.
The National Museum of Anthropology and History of Mexico City has been declared one of the best museums in the world.
The museum is impressive because it exhibits the most important archaeological and ethnographic collections in Mexico.
Where is located the National Museum of Anthropology
The museum is located within the Chapultepec forest, one of the largest urban parks in Latin America, even bigger than Central Park.
And this is just one of the many museums you can find in the Chapultepec forest. Other options are The Chapultepec Castle, Natural History Museum, Modern Art, among others.
The museum is placed in one of the longest and most important avenues in Mexico City, Paseo de la Reforma. Also a beautiful neighborhood to explore.
Exhibits visiting National Museum of Anthropology
The museum has 22 permanent exhibition rooms and 2 temporaries, within more than 45 thousand square meters.
The first rooms are dedicated to Anthropology and pre-Hispanic cultures of Mexico. The following rooms show samples of the material culture of the indigenous people living in Mexico nowadays.
One area is dedicated to Teotihuacan, one of the biggest and most important archaeological sites of Pre-Columbian America.
Toltecs, Mexicas and Oaxaca cultures are rooms where you can also discover important and spectacular pieces.
One of my favorite exhibitions is the Mayan culture, in which you can appreciate impressive objects. The jade Mortuary mask of Pakal, the governor of Palenque and a reproduction of his grave.
In 2005, in the Toltec garden, it was inaugurated a replica of the pre-Hispanic ball game.
Each room exhibits the cultural diversity of each town or region, showing their traditions, beliefs and original possessions, for that reason this is a museum you have to visit.
The best pieces at the Museum
The Stone of the Sun (or the Aztec Calendar Stone)
Monolith of Tlaloc
The Mortuary mask of Pakal
Chac Mool of Chichen Itza
History of the Anthropology Museum
The collection began in 1790 and was growing with effort of investigation and conservation of the material in every state of Mexico.
From 1906 the growth of the collections, created the first museum, in the building El Chopo also in Mexico city.
In 1924 the Museum’s collection had increased to 52 thousand objects and more than 250 thousand visitors.
That made it one of the most interesting and prestigious museums in the world.
For this reason, the construction of the actual Anthropology museum began, to move the impressive collection.
The museum was inaugurated in 1964, and the president’s statement was
“The Mexican people lift this monument in honor of the admirable cultures that flourished during the Pre-Columbian period in regions that are now territory of the Republic. In front of the testimonies of those cultures, the Mexico of today pays tribute to the indigenous people of Mexico, in whose example we recognize characteristics of our national originality.”
Tips visiting National Museum of Anthropology
- On Mondays the museum closes.
- 9 am to 5pm year round
- If you want, you can rent an English audio guide
- Don’t miss the opportunity to witness outside the Museum, the Papantla Flyers Dance.
- There are lockers, parking space, Museum shop and Guided tours.
Therefore, visiting National Museum of Anthropology will be a great and unforgettable experience.
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