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Review of Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca

Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2013

You can't go to Oaxaca and not go to this museum. The beautifully restored building is worth seeing all on it's own. But then there is room after room of fascinating and well thought out displays of artifacts and art spanning the history of the region. Plan on spending several leisurely hours here, taking in the displays, but also admiring the vaulted brick ceilings, the gorgeous green stone walls, the beautiful views out the many open windows and the peace and quiet of this very old monastery.

Visited October 2013
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Midland, MI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Superb Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2013

One could spend hours in this beautifully arranged museum, and we did. Because our Spanish is limited, we rented the recorded guide, which was well worth it. However, many posters in Spanish were fairly readable and clear to me, or so it seemed. One nice feature: you can leave for a break (we got lunch a block away) and return.

Visited October 2013
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Edgerton, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“It's in a Historic Convent -what a location!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013

The building his half the visit. It has been completely restored and is huge. If you speak english, be sure to get the tape player as everything written is in spanish.

Visited November 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“A must just go early ,and you can appreciate the silence”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2013

The vastness of the space and the architecture simple and yet beautiful take your time to enjoy
As expected there are local sellers outside on the plaza but they do not encroach on your space .

Visited October 2013
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Milan, Italy
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“Very rich, very educational. But unexciting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2013

The Museum is in the former convent of the Dominican Friars (Black Friars), adjoining the beautiful Santo Domingo church. It is located in a nice colonial quarter, only 4 blocks away from the Zócalo. The convent was built in the 16th century; the interior is grandiose but peaceful, and there is a beautiful tropical garden behind the building. The exhibit deals with the cultures of the Oaxaca region, from the pre-Columbian times up to the modern era. The museum is very rich and displays lot of paintings, sculptures, art works, artefacts, memorabilia, documents, fittings etc. Appropriate explanations are attached to every piece. A scholar would certainly be fascinated by these cultural riches and would spend hours in this museum; however I rapidly became dispirited: good knowledge of the Spanish language is required for reading the long and elaborate explanations, the overall presentation is very scholastic and not designed for “catching the eye” of the unacquainted visitor, light is uncomfortably dim, the general setting looks uninspiring. So I cut short the visit. However I realized that the museum is very valuable and very educative, therefore it deserves a good rating in spite of my lack of enthusiasm.

At the ground floor there is an ancient library, full of ancient books and ancient documents; it is worth a visit.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Monday. Admission costs 57 Pesos (about 3.50 €); it should be free on Sunday, but this benefit is refused to foreign people. Taking pictures is allowed, but without flash; however the light is very dim and it is practically impossible to take good pictures. The infrastructure includes: cloak-room, lavatory, a bookshop which also sells handicrafts.

Visited September 2013
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