This museums is one of the most imporant museums in the city.
If you are intersted in ancient cultures - this is the right place. Here you will find important information about the all ancient cultures that lived in Mexico,such as Olmec, Zapotec, Aztec, Maya, Teotihuacana... and many others.
The main room is refere the ancient Aztec culture, you will see the sun stone.
This is one of the most important museums in Mexico, with a huge collection of Aztec and other pre-hispanic objects and art.
This museum also has some great temporary exhibitions of items from other world class museums. There have recently been expositions of Egyptian art, items from the Persian culture and currently (Jan-April 2009) there is an exposition of many wonderful objects from the Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, from the Czar era.
Entrance Fee: $51 MXP (around 4 USD); children under 13, students, teachers, senior citizens free of charge; Sundays free entrance to Mexican citizens showing IFE ID card and foreigners living in Mexico showing the FM2 or FM3 migratory document. (as per information in the web site).
Schedules: Tue to Sun 9 through 19 hrs., Monday closed
If you were only going to see two or three main things in Mexico City, I'd recommend including the National Anthropology Museum on your shortlist. Simply put, it's one of the greatest museums in the world and I'm not even an anthropology buff. The exhibits are really beautifully presented and educational and I found myself thinking about the fact that not all of the great art and artefacts in the world are found in Europe. I only spent about three hours here, but if you're a hardcore anthropology enthusiast, this place merits a two day visit.
I paid 38 pesos to visit the permanent exhibits which are accessed by entering the glass doors behind the ticket area in the entrance lobby and entering the large central courtyard, which is dominated by an interesting column that also acts as a fountain of sorts (click on the picture to see it). The temporary exhibit when I was there was of Medieval Spanish artefacts which I found interesting so it was worth the 30 pesos admission fee. I also paid 60 pesos for an audio guide, which I enjoyed because it was brief and easy to skip around to the exhibits that I was most interested in learning about. Be sure to look for the green numbered stickers around the museum identifying the items highlighted on the audio tour.
The museum is organized by separate rooms dedicated to periods in its history and individual cultures. For some of the highlights that I enjoyed check out my travelogue, "Highlights of the Anthropology Museum".
This museum was my main purpuse while visiting Mexico City.
The Museo Nacional de Antropología (National Museum of Anthropology) is a national museum of Mexico. It’s one of the most interesting museums I’ve ever seen. It’s located in the area between Paseo de la Reforma and Calle Mahatma Gandhi within Chapultepec Park.
The museum contains significant archaeological and anthropological artifacts from the pre-Columbian heritage of Mexico, such as the Piedra del Sol (the "Stone of the Sun" or Aztec calendar stone) and the 16th-century Aztec statue of Xochipilli.
Designed in 1963 it has an impressive architecture with exhibition halls surrounding a patio with a huge pond and a vast square concrete umbrella supported by a single slender pillar (known as "el paraguas", Spanish for "the umbrella") around which splashes an artificial cascade. The halls are ringed by gardens, many of which contain outdoor exhibits. The museum has 23 rooms for exhibits.
Open 9.00 – 19.00.
Closed on Mondays.
Admission 51 pesos=4 USD
You can watch my 9 min 57 sec HD Video Mexico City Anthropology Museum out of my Youtube channel.
The ticket office, and the entrance to the museum proper, is by the huge glass doors to the right.
You can buy tickets here, too, for the regular guided tours free in Spanish, or for a fee in English, French or German.
They're very rushed, but do get you round the whole thing with some form of explanation: labelling inside is rather hit-and-miss, and often in Spanish only.
Instead of a real guide, you can also rent an English audio guides to carry around with you.
Every hall has at least one outstanding feature, but if you have limited time, the Aztec and the Maya rooms are the highlights: what else you see should depend on what area of the country you plan to head on to.
The first floor is given over to the ethnography collections devoted to the life and culture of the various indigenous groups today: stairs lead up from each side.
Downstairs, behind the hall devoted to the cultures of the north and west, is a very welcome restaurant.
The full tour of the 23 rooms museum starts on the right-hand side with three introductory rooms explaining what anthropology is, the nature of and relationship between the chief Mesoamerican cultures, and the region's pre-history. Skip or skim them if you're in a hurry.
They're followed on the right-hand side by halls devoted to the pre-Classic, Teotihuacan and Toltec cultures.
At the far end is the vast Mexica (Aztec) room, followed around the left wing by Oaxaca (Mixtec and Zapotec), Gulf of Mexico (Olmec), Maya and the cultures of the north and west.
If you have time to see only one museum in Mexico City, this is the one to choose!
Don't miss it!
The most visited museum in México city. The best place to discover the Aztec, Maya, Olmec, Toltec and Zapotec culture and much more. It's a huge museum, I haven't visited all yet. The signage is both in Spanish and English, but having some prior knowledge of the mexican cultures or civilization it will make your journey easier. There's so much to see and all is presented in a very careful and beautiful way. It's really worth a visit.
Some pieces are so interesting that you have to look beyond, in the photo4 you will find a piece that is a Jaguar costume, if you look close in the mouth of the costume you can find that there's a human figure inside. It make me Wooow!!!! amazing! this was my favorite piece. The photo 5 is the god of Fire, I really like the presentation of this piece.
The Antropología museum is one of the greatests museums in Mexico city. It has several rooms, starting from the beginnings of the Prehispanic cultures and following with the Maya and Aztec cultures.
If you are really willing to discover more about these great cultures, visiting the whole museum could take around 3-4 hours
El Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Not only is this museum an excellent place to learn about the extremely diverse cultures of ancient Mexico, but it's an architectural gem too.
Every time I'm in the DF I make time to visit and I never leave without some new bit of fascinating information.
Signage is in both Spanish and English.
It is located in Chapultepec Park and contains anthropological treasures from Mexico such as the Aztec Calendar. It also offers temporary exhibitions. A great way to learn about Mexico and its history!
It didnt even occur to me to come here. It wasnt on my list of things to do but I met with VT member Yvon and he suggested we go. I am really glad we did. We actually could have walked to this place from our hotel but since it wasnt our plan to come here we just hopped on the Turibus. The Museo was the first stop. We decided to get off and check it out.
It is easy to spend hours in this place. It is huge with so much to see and it is all very interesting. It is a MUST SEE if you come to Mexico City.
The Admission price is 48.00 pesos. Less than $5 USD. They say that this is one of the top museumsin the world and its easy to see why. It is in the shapeof a U and there is two floors.
There are about 23 or so different rooms each showing a different area of Mexico and the different groups of people that occupied the land. It also exhibits their artifacts,art,clothing, etc...
There is just so much to see. There is also burial exhibits, prehistoric exhibits and modern day exhibits.
You can bring in a camera and take pictures without flash. If you bring in a video camera you will have to pay extra. Hours are from 9am-7pm Tuesday-Sunday
Pictures to come
El Museo Nacional de Antropologia is located in the Bosque de Chapultepec.
Best is to take the metro till the station of Chapultepec, and then you can walk through this big park, which this Bosque de Chapultepec is. This museum is very, very big. On the lower floor there are 12 exhibition halls, which show the different regions of Mexico, and one especially for the Maya culture; on the upper level you can see a collection of clothing, housings, and utensils of the 56 still existing local cultures in Mexico. You can easily spend a day in this really interesting museum. It is really interesting to visit this museum before you start exploring the different archeologically sites all across Mexico.
Very interesting place, well worth a visit! I was facinated by all the presentations and exhibits. Most of them include artifacts from the pre-colombian period of Mexico. Everything is written in Spanish, but there are guides you can buy in other languages.
Getting there is easy - go to the "Chapultepec" and then get on one of the buses outside, just check with the driver that you are on the right bus headed to the museum.
Designed in 1963 by Pedro Ramirez Vazquez. opened in 1964 by President Adolfo Lopez Mateos. In the middle of the exhibition halls there's a patio with a pond and some Fish and turtles. There's also a huge fountain that looks like a pilar, or a Pilar that is also a fountain, it's beautiful. Some of the exibitions halls have also a patio where you can find recontructions of temples and other arqueological representation, very interesting.
Is Mexico's biggest and most important museum. You can spend at least two complete days inside, so I recomment you to just take it slow and just hop over the parts you're not THAT interested in, so that you can enjoy the most relevant parts. Me, myself and I enjoyed mainly the huichols part.
Also, if you plan two days for the museum, I recommend you to include sunday, as generally there's free entrance in Mexican state museums on sunday. But with this comes a huge rush of people, so go there in the early morning hours.
The museum is divided into the following chapters:
- Introducion a la Antropologia & Poblamiento de America
- Culturas del Preclasico en el Altiplano Central
- Cultura de Teotihuacan
- Los Toltecas y su Epoca
- Cultura Mexica
- Culturas de Oaxaca
- Culturas del Golfo
- Cultura Maya
- Culturas del Occidente
- Culturas del Norte
- Salas de Etnografia
The National Museum of Anthropology was built in the '60s as a showcase for native cultures, history and treasures. The imposing building takes you through a mesmerising journey within Mayan, Aztec and other cultures. It is also where the famous Aztec calendar is displayed (shown in attached photographs along with other interesting sculptures). This museum is a must see, especially for first time visitors to Mexico. The museum is surrounded by the beautiful gardens of Chapultepec Park.