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Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca
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Durham, North Carolina
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“Lots to see in this museum”
Reviewed 30 July 2012

We sprang for the English-language telephone tour, which was good because all the signage is only in Spanish. Good to go to if you are planning or have gone to Monte Alban because many of the artifacts from the site are housed in this museum (the gold, pearls, alabaster and other shiny stuff). Would have appreciated multi-lingual signage as there was definitely more to read than was translated in the audio tour.

Visited July 2012
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“Don't miss the Museum”
Reviewed 17 July 2012

I have lived in Oaxaca 10 years and still return to the museum often. The restoration of the building is fantastic and the exhibits are well displayed. Don't miss the temporary exhibits on the ground floor and the excellent museum shop.

Visited May 2012
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“lots to see”
Reviewed 9 July 2012

Beautifully housed in the old Dominican monastery, the collection has more focus on colonial times than pre hispanic cultures. Perhaps we were just unlucky in our timing as I think they rotate collections. Still, an impressive collection.

Visited July 2012
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Artifact timeline of Oaxaca”
Reviewed 8 July 2012

This was my favorite attractions of Oaxaca. Many artifacts from Monte Alban have been relocated here, including the turquoise skull. The museum is set up in a timeline format -- the audio tour was helpful in describing the objects and giving historical information. The artifacts range from millenia-old, to modern cultural festival objects. Each period is explained in-depth, both visually, in Spanish, and through the audio tour (available in English). There are also great arial views of the Botanical Gardens. Fun for adults, but might be less interactive than many children prefer, although some of the artifacts are cool for all ages!

Visited May 2012
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Montreal, Canada
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“Confusion between this and another museum”
Reviewed 5 June 2012

This IS the Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca. It used to be called the Museo Regional de Oaxaca once upon a time, but no more. And it certainly is not housed in a building once thought to have been owned by Cortes, as the description above says. That's the MACO (Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Oaxaca) and it was never owned by Cortes.

But to get on to the review. The building itself is worth the visit, although it's actually terribly unsuited to be a museum. Little monk cells don't make for great display spaces. If you can overlook that fact, the artifacts on display give you a very good idea of the history of the cultures of Oaxaca. Make sure to poke your head into the Francisco de Burgoa library as well. You'll be impressed by the number of very old books they have there.

Visited April 2012
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