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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
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Walking Tours in Mexico City, Mexico

Create Your Own Walk in Mexico City

Create Your Own Walk in Mexico City

Creating your own self-guided walk in Mexico City is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Historic Center Food Tour

Historic Center Food Tour

A combination of history and tradition in Mexico City permeates all aspects of life, and the food scene is no exception. For centuries, food and drink have been an inseparable part of the city's culture manifested in notable markets and eateries, and some truly amazing recipes making up what we call the Mexican cuisine. This self-guided tour allows you to explore some of the top food-related...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Famous Religious Edifices

Famous Religious Edifices

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 Km or 1.2 Miles
Museums Walking Tour

Museums Walking Tour

Mexico City is one of the most dazzling cultural sites in the world, boosting many fascinating museums in the city. Mexico City also has a rich history of artistic expressions. It was home to the Aztec civilization and the Spanish Empire both of which have left behind an impressive heritage and a unique culture. Take this self guided walk to explore the rich culture heritage that Mexico City has...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Zona Rosa Walking Tour

Zona Rosa Walking Tour

Zona Rosa, or the Pink Zone, is one of Mexico City's popular neighborhoods. It is located near the historic center of the city, and was called Pink Zone because of the pink tiles that are prevalent here. The area is noted particularly for its splendid Beaux-Art architecture, the city's best handicraft markets and antique shops. Take this self guided tour to discover the beauties that...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Mexico City's Nightlife

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Mexico City is one of the largest cities in the world and also one of the most populated. Its nightlife is all about amazing music, great drinks and thrilling fun. The music here is mainly a combination of Spanish and English-language rock, electronic music, some Latin/Caribbean music, Latin pop, and sometimes traditional Mexican music. Take this self guided tour to enjoy the unique nightlife...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Historic Center Walk

Historic Center Walk

After the Spanish conquest of Tenochtitlán, Spanish settlers destroyed the Mexica capital, building a European-style settlement atop the ruins – and, in many cases, using the stones from fallen Mexica temples to construct their own churches and palaces. Five centuries later, Mexico’s pre-Colombian heritage is embedded throughout the Centro Histórico – in its layout, in its place-names,...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles

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