Museo de Antropologia, Mexico City

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    Museo de Antropologia

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Jan 20, 2014

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    This is probably the best-known Museum of Mexico City: treasures from all major pre-columbian cultures are collected here. Around the inner courtyard, each exibition area is dedicated to a different culture or geographical area. The exhibitions often continue in the outer area, so have a look there as well. It will easily take a day if you intend to explore the whole museum, so it would be wise to start exploring the cultures that you find most interesting, as you will inevitably tire quickly. Your priority should be the Aztec collection (with a giant sunstone and a model of Technotitlan), the Maya collection (with reconstructed temples in the outer area) and the Oaxaca collection with fascinating grave treasures.

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    by gypsysoul73 Written Jan 16, 2007

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    This world-renowned museum is an excellent introduction and orientation to Mexico and to some of the places we planned to visit like Teotihuacan. The entire ground floor of the museum is dedicated to archaeological finds from ancient Mexico, with each room dealing with a particular civilization or region of the country such as Teotihuacan, Toltecs, Aztecs, Oaxaca, The Maya and the Gulf Coast. No visit to Mexico is complete without a trip to this museum!

    I highly recommend allotting at least 4 hours to see the entire museum, and making this your first stop. There is so much to learn within its halls and you will want to take your time. You may prefer to rent an audio guide which are available at the entrance, I decided to just wing it with my guide book. I regret not having enough time to explore the second floor which is devoted to Mexican ethnology like costumes and the festivals of the 56 surviving indigenous cultures of Mexico. But as they say, you should always leave something for next time, right?

    The largest gallery in the Museum is the Aztec Hall with the Sun Stone as it's backdrop. The Aztecs were the last great Mesoamerican tribe who were responsible for building great cities, temples, pyramids and established one of the most advanced civilizations in the Americas. The Aztec empire was conquered in 1521 by the Spanish conquistadores led by Hernan Cortes but they left behind a rich vibrant culture as evidenced by the collection in this hall

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    by ciberamigo Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Inside Teotihuacan culture room

    Mexico's largest museum houses the main collection of its archaeological and ethnographic heritage. The ground level shows the archaeological collections and its gardens have reconstructions of architectural structures and spaces from the different cultures of precolumbian Mexico. The first floor shows the ethnographic collections from the indigenous communities living today in Mexico.

    The building was completed in 1964 and is a very big international-style structure organized around a huge courtyard.

    Open from Tuesday to Sunday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. Closed on Mondays.

    Access fee is $45.00 pesos ($4 USD) from 09:00 am to 5:00 pm, and $150.00 pesos ($13 USD) from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Free admission on Sundays.

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    by elgarbo Written Sep 18, 2005

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    Out the front of the museum.

    The museum is a good place to start your time in Mexico, offering a background on the indigenous peoples of the country, their histories and displaying a massive collection of artifacts.

    There are LOTS of things to see, but unless you have a very keen interest in clay pots, the highlights are without a doubt the Aztec calendar, the massive native head-dress and the gigantic Olmec heads.

    A good way to kill a few hours. We were there on a school day so we had to contend with lots of good natured Mexican school kids, who seemed to take a greater interest in us than the artifacts on display. We happily posed with them for a couple of photos and had a great day out.

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    Museo Nacional de Antropologia

    by darthmilmo Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The impressive "Museo Nacional de Antropologia" is a must see of not only the city, but Mexico itself. It is one of the best museums about the Mexican and Meso-American civilizations. I ventured through its endless exhibitions for half a day. If you feel burned out, then head outside for a brake. If hunger calls, then head to the cafeteria, which offers delicious food.

    Note: the picture is of the central fountain in the compounds. It pales in comparison to the thousands of treasures inside the halls.

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    by vela_candela Written Sep 2, 2002

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    Museo de Antropologia: you can visit all the cultures that have lived in Mexico, their evolution. You cand spend several days if you want to have an exhaustive visit.

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    Museo de Antropología, simply impressive. (1)

    by Aptypo Updated Oct 7, 2003

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    Museo Nacional de Antropolog��a e Historia

    Museo de Antropología.
    Museo Nacional de Antropología e Historia.
    (National Museum of Anthropology and History).

    Designed in 1963 by Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, helped by Ricardo de Robina, Jorge Campuzano and Rafael Mijares, its architecture alone is magnificent in an area of 79,700 square metre.

    Opened in 1964, by President Adolfo López Mateos, the exhibition halls surround a patio with a small pond and a vast square concrete umbrella supported by a single slender pillar around which splashes an artificial cascade.
    The halls are ringed by gardens, many of which contain outdoor exhibits.

    Some of the most fascinating exhibits are the Aztec calendar stone, giant stone Olmec heads from the jungles of Tabasco, treasures recovered from a sacred Maya well, a replica of a Maya ruler's tomb from Palenque and ethnological displays of rural Mexican life as it is still lived today.
    It also has a very good model of the location and layout of Tenochtitlan, which puts present-day Mexico City in perspective.

    The entrance from Reforma is marked by a colossal statue of the rain god Tláloc, the story goes that its move here from its original home in the east of the city was accompanied by furious downpours in the midst of a drought.
    As you come into the entrance hall there's a shop selling postcards, souvenirs, books in several languages on Mexican culture, archeology and history, and detailed guides to the museum, which provide full descriptions of most of the important pieces.
    Straight ahead is a small circular space with temporary exhibitions, usually devoted to the latest developments in archeology and often very interesting.

    More of these lie to the right, beyond Rufino Tamayo's mural of a battling jaguar and serpent, where you'll also find the library and museum offices as well as the small 'Sala de Orientación', which presents an audiovisual overview of the major ancient Mexican cultures.

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    by dila Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    Go as soon as it is open. i could only spend here 3 hours rather had 4 hours here.
    for how to go here i dont know exacly as i have been brought by two couples and walked through the whole parc. think there is a shorter way to go here.
    When i entered the searched my bag and i had to go through a gate. dont know if this was because of a bombing (they tried to blow up a police station) the day before or this is normal.
    you have to give your bag at the gardarobe its free.

    entrance 48 pesos
    audio tour 60 pesos

    open
    Tuesday to Sunday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.
    monday closed.

    free entrance for
    Children under thirteen years
    Students and teachers presenting a valid ID card
    Senior citizens over 60 years, retired and disabled persons
    INAH’s degree candidates and researchers
    and on Sundays, Mexican Citizens and foreigners with Mexican resedence.

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    Museo Nacional de Antropología

    by Blatherwick Updated Aug 26, 2005
    Aztec Calendar Stone

    Mexico is home to many of the greatest cultures in the Americas. The Toltecs, Aztecs, Mayans, and many others were building grand cities at the time of the Roman Empire. All of this comes together at the National Museum of Anthropology. It is regarded as one of the top museums in the world and gives you quick insight into the culture of Mexico. Entrance to the museum costs 38 pesos in 2005.

    Inside the museum is an open courtyard containing a fountain designed by Chávez Morado. Rooms go around three sides on with two levels. The most popular level are the ground-floor rooms as they are devoted to pre-Hispanic Mexico and the archaeological sites. Each room represents a different culture in Mexico. These rooms include dioramas of Mexico City when the Spaniards arrived, reproductions of part of a pyramid at Teotihuacán, and a full sized reproduction of the King Pakal tomb discovered in Palenque. The Aztec calendar stone occupies a proud place in Sala Mexica.

    Upstairs is devoted to the way people throughout Mexico live today. It is comprised of straw-covered huts, recordings of songs and dances, crafts, clothing, and lifelike models of village activities.

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    Museo Nacional De Antropologia

    by Enzyme_X Written Jul 9, 2005
    Aztec calendar.

    Now, this is what I call a good museum. Interesting and wll organised. This museum is dedicated to the history of Mexico and people who lived on this teritory in the past.
    When you enter the museum, you come to inner court from where you go to differnet rooms, each one hosting exhibition of a differnet period in Mexicos histoty. Starting on left you travel from prehistorical times, through great indian civilizations lke Mayan and Aztec to modern Mexico.

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    Anthropology Museum

    by Matravel Written May 6, 2004

    The National Museum of Anthropology is a MUST.
    Wear your snikers and stroll all the museum. It's renovation kept closed a lot of rooms, but they're finally open!
    Don't miss the exhibiitons on the second floor. They include exhibitions on modern indigenous groups that inhabit Mexico. My niece (7yrs) loved it and actually learned a lot about these cultures that (unbelievably) are not included in basic education programs.
    Outside the Museum, just before entering, the Voladores de Papantla are a delightful spectacle.
    Be aware that many pieces might be on loan, and some exhibits might be under renovation.
    The Aztec exhibit is missing many pieces. And the Oaxaca, Mayas de las monta?as y Mayas de la planicie y la selva, exhibits were still closed when I visited this February 2004.
    The Museum offers Guided tours Tue-Sat from 9:30 to 17:30 hrs, in spanish, english and french.

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    by ChicaAmable Written Aug 24, 2002

    The National Museum of Anthropology will be of great interest to anyone who anyone who is interested in the pre-Colombian indian cultures of Mexico. This headdress is a replica of the one worn by the Aztec emporer Moctezuma. It is made of quetzal feathers. The original headdress is in a museum in Europe. This museum also has the Aztec calendar stone.
    In front of the museum is an indian statue of Tlaloc, god of rain. It is said that when the statue was placed in front of the museum, it rained for days and days in Mexico City.

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    by el_ruso Written Feb 27, 2005

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    This is an excellent museum, offering exhibits on pre-columbian archeology and modern day anthropology. Inside there is a very creative fountain.

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    by Jim_Eliason Updated Apr 14, 2013

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    By far the best museum in Mexico City and one of the best displays of New world antiquities. This museum displays remants from all of Mexico's varied pre-Colombian civilizations from Aztec to Maya.

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    Antropological museum, inside 2

    by Christian.Lafont Written Sep 30, 2003

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    The perfect couple, close to each other for years, looking in the same direction ... forever stone love :))

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