ANTHROPOLOGY MUSEUM, MEXICO

The Museo Nacional de Antropologia in Mexico City is one of the most important museums in Mexico and houses one of the world’s largest collections of archaeological and anthropological artifacts dating from prehispanic Mayan civilizations to the Spanish conquest. It was designed by Pedro Ramírez VázquezJorge Campuzano and Rafael Mijares and  inaugurated in 1964.   Within its 23 exhibition rooms, Mayan, Olmec, Aztec, Mixtec, Zapotec, Teotihuacan and Toltecas well as more contemporary indigenous cultures are represented. The museum is surrounded by gardens accessible from the exhibition rooms where more artefacts, ruins and replicas can be found amongst the foliage.

While the vast collection can be challenging to take in all at once, just walking through the museum and enjoying the architecture and gardens is worth the visit.

 

Olmeca-Xicalanca – Cacaxtla bird man mural.

 

Masks used by the Cora community during the Judea Cora Holy Week.

 

Traditional costumes used by dancers in various celebrations.

 

Mural detail by Carlos Merida, 1964

 

Sierra de Puebla painting.

 

The museum windows reflect the highrise buildings in the neighborhood of Polanco nearby.

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