National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City

National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City (must see)

Situated between Paseo de la Reforma (Promenade of the Reform) and Calle Mahatma Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi Street), within the enchanting Chapultepec Park stands the National Museum of Anthropology. This esteemed institution is devoted to safeguarding the invaluable archaeological and anthropological legacy of pre-Columbian Mexico while also fostering an appreciation for contemporary Mexican ethnography.

The museum building itself boasts a striking modernist design, featuring an array of halls encircling a central courtyard adorned with a serene pond. Dominating the courtyard is a grand concrete umbrella, elegantly upheld by a solitary pillar, with an artificial cascade gracefully descending around it. Each hall is encompassed by beautifully landscaped gardens, some even showcasing outdoor exhibits that add to the allure of the surroundings.

Within the museum's collection lie numerous artifacts of immense significance, such as the renowned Aztec Stone of the Sun, an exquisite 16th-century Aztec Statue of Xochipilli, and the ancient 8th-century tomb of Mayan ruler Pacal. Among the treasures, you'll also discover a fascinating monkey cup crafted from black obsidian and imposing stone heads hailing from the Olmec civilization. The institution further captivates visitors with astonishing reproductions of Mayan murals within a meticulously reconstructed temple.

But the museum's role extends beyond the exploration of pre-Columbian anthropology; it goes the extra mile to illuminate the lives of modern-day ethnic groups in Mexico. As visitors delve into the rich tapestry of the past, they are also enlightened about the contemporary existence and lifestyles of various ethnic communities throughout the country.

In essence, the National Museum of Anthropology not only preserves history but also serves as an enlightening bridge connecting the heritage of ancient Mexico to the vibrant diversity of present-day Mexican culture.

Why You Should Visit:
On par with the best museums of this type in the world. Your camera will smoke from all the pictures!
Excellent layout/curatorship and they have a delicious restaurant with economically priced dishes, as well as excellent crafted silver jewels at an affordable price.

Tip:
Arrive promptly at opening time to avoid larger crowds later in the day.
Exhibit labels in English are available for major items. Load Google translate on your phone/tablet and use the image translator feature to translate the exhibit descriptions.

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Sight Name: National Museum of Anthropology
Sight Location: Mexico City, Mexico (See walking tours in Mexico City)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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Walking Tours in Mexico City, Mexico

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles

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