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“Outstanding archeological museum”

National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia)
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Owner description: Considered one of the world's most comprehensive natural history museums, this famous institution houses four square kilometers of exhibits in 23 exhibition halls.
Reviewed 20 August 2014

A must see when in Mexico City. Learn about the pre Spanish colonial cultures in Mexico through archeological treasures.

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Reviewed 19 August 2014

Get here early and give yourself 2-3 hours. The layout and contents of the museum are most impressive. Stick to the first floor and buy an audio guide at the entrance -- it's worth the small cost.

Thank Jim N
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Reviewed 18 August 2014

This is a world class museum, a must-see if you have the time. But it's huge, and you just can't take everything in. My guidebook said you would need several hours to do it justice, and that's probably right. But after two hours at the end of a busy sight-seeing day I wasn't capable of doing it justice no matter how long I stayed. I would recommend moving quickly and just looking at whatever strikes you and/or particular things you have heard about.

The first rooms are about cavemen and what anthropology is, so you might skip them. Upstairs is one big exhibition, covering the whole floor (the first floor is divided into separate rooms), on the various native people who live in Mexico today. It's very interesting, but gets a bit samey after a while. Downstairs each room covers a different pre-Colombian culture, although some rooms lead into others (otherwise you have to go outside to get to the next room), so be careful that you see what you want to see before moving on. There are also exhibits outside, not in the central courtyard but on the far side. Most, maybe all, of these are reproductions, so you could skip them if you want authenticity, but they are often quite large, temple-size buildings, impressive in their way.

Towards the end I was breezing past the pots and just looking out for expressive faces carved on offerings or toys or weapons or whatever. There are lots of them. These people were great artists. Even when I wanted to leave I couldn't resist going into every room and taking one more picture. It's wonderful. Just don't torture yourself trying to do justice to something rather than enjoying your visit.

Thank D57896
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

The most interesting museum I have ever been to - easy to understand, totally enthralling...I want to know more
First stop in Mexico City!

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Reviewed 16 August 2014

This is real treasure, so well maintained, plenty of exhibits that are right in your face (even though you can’t touch) and set in the middle of a huge park adjacent to nearby other museums, lakes and recreation. The Museum has a number of different galleries, each depicting the culture of a particular part of Mexico so it greatly enlarged my knowledge. The audio guide was quite useful ($75) as only the major information panels were in English. There is also an auditorium where an excellent piano recital was being held on the day I visited. Well worth going although I found a couple of hours was quite enough as you can OD on the number of similar stone carvings you can absorb in a day.

Thank Simon C
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