National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City

National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City (must see)

Located between Paseo de la Reforma and Calle Mahatma Gandhi in the Chapultepec Park is the National Museum of Anthropology. The institution seeks to preserve the archeological and anthropological heritage of pre-Columbian Mexico and to promote modern Mexican ethnography.

The building housing the anthropology museum has a modernist design with halls surrounding a central courtyard or patio. There is a large pond in the patio and a large concrete umbrella supported by a single concrete pillar. An artificial cascade falls around the umbrella. All the halls are surrounded by landscaped gardens, many of which have outdoor exhibits. Significant artifacts at the museum include the Aztec Stone of the Sun, a 16th century Aztec Statue of Xochipilli, the 8th-century tomb of the Mayan ruler Pacal, a monkey cup made of black obsidian and giant stone heads from the Olmec civilization. There are impressive reproductions of Mayan murals in a reconstructed temple. The institution not only presents the anthropology of the pre-Columbian era but also helps visitors to learn of ethnic groups in modern Mexico and how they live today.

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.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 9am-7pm; free on Sundays
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: National Museum of Anthropology
Sight Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: Chapultepec Park Tour, Mexico City  

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Chapultepec Park Tour, Mexico City

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Travel Distance: 6.0 km
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km

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