Museo Nacional de Antropología

rsz_1aztec_calendar_2The Museo Nacional de Antropolgia is located in Mexico City and is home to one of the most thorough archeological and ethnographical collections in the country. Each exhibit is dedicated to a different pre-Colombian culture such as the Mayas, Aztecs, Toltecs, and several smaller indigenous cultures throughout the country.

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The first two exhibits include an introduction to anthropology and an explanation of America’s settlement while the following rooms focus on each culture in depth. If you are interested in history, pre-Hispanic culture and amazing artifacts, this is a great place to go.

How To Plan Your Visit

Because this museum is so extensive, there are two logical approaches to exploring its contents. You could literally spend more than a day here and you probably still wouldn´t be able to see everything in detail, so it is important to make a plan before you start.

The first option is to look at a museum map or an informational pamphlet before you start so you can decide what exhibits you want to see most. You can circle the areas you are most interested in and go from exhibit to exhibit based on location and interest. (For example, you probably wouldn’t want to go to the two exhibits that interest you most first if they are located on opposite ends of the museum. Pace yourself and you’ll get to both of them!). This approach is probably better if you are traveling with children because they will most likely become restless or disinterested before you have reached half of the exhibits you want to see.

museo-11The second option is to look at every exhibit in an orderly fashion, but don’t expect to be able to see everything in great detail. This is due to the fact that there are so many things to see, and many times you get tired after looking at so many things so by the time you reach the last few exhibits, you might be more interested in getting out of there than looking closely at the artifacts. This approach is recommended if you are traveling in a couple or without children because you can take as much time as you would like to see each exhibit.

Whichever option you take to plan your experience at the musuem will leave you with a great opportunity to witness some of the greatest archeological findings in Mexico.

Museo Nacional de Antropología Hours and Prices

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and has an entrance fee of 51 pesos. There is no cost for people who fall into the following categories: children under 13, students and teachers presenting a valid ID card, senior citizens over 60 years old, retired and disabled people.

Museum Services

temploIn addition to offering eye opening exhibitions, the museum offers guided tours, workshops and lectures. It also has a store, restaurant, checkroom and lockers. You cannot enter the museum with large bags, so leave them at the hotel or plan on using a locker to store them. The lockers cost 10 pesos to use, but I recommend not leaving any valuable items there. You can take pictures for a small fee upon entry, and it is definitely worth paying the fee so you can document your experience.

If you would like more information, check out the official museum site.

Click on “Collections” and you will be able to explore the various cultures on showcase. You will find pictures and information about the displays, in addition to cultural information ranging from descriptions of each society, their economies, politics, religion, and much more.

Photo Credits

1 by Alvez on Flickr
2 by Bomba Rosa on Flickr
3 by pvaneynd on Flickr