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“One of the best museums in North America”

Anthropology Museum
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Xalapa and Coatepec Day Trip from Veracruz Including Anthropology and Coffee...
Ranked #1 of 34 things to do in Xalapa
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Owner description: This top-notch anthropology museum displays the diversity of Mexican cultures.
Reviewed 15 April 2014

Since I have lived in Xalapa for the last 42 years, I remember what the Anthropology Museum was like about 25 years ago. The display rooms where similar to the metal grain silos of western Kansas where I grew up. The lighting was terrible, just everything was terrible. But today's museum rivals of the worlds best in content and museography. Do not miss the opportunity of at least a 3 or 4 hour visit to see part of the incredible artifacts presented in this outstanding architectural masterpiece. I have literally been to the museum dozens of times, and each time I go I encounter something "new" and different.

1  Thank Jalaparoy
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

The Museo de Antropologia in Xalapa is a magnificent facility to house a magnificent collection of the very best of the prehispanic Gulf Coast cultures of the Olmecs, Totonacs and Huastecs. Built on a slopg hill, ten terrace levels begin at the top with Olmec colossal heads and othr large sculptures, then descend through the later cultures and their very best artifcacts and sculptures. There is a great bookstore that also sells acceptable replicas of some of the ceramic artifacts. This museum alone is worth a trip to Xalapa (also spelled Jalapa).

Thank Gerry S
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Reviewed 9 February 2014

If you are interested in the pre-conquest history of Mexico or in appreciating good museum design, Xalapa's Museo de Antropología--the MAX--is an unsurpassed destination and easily one of the best anthropological museums in the Western hemisphere. The museum itself is beautiful and functional, and the quality of the art and artifacts, especially from the Mexican Gulf coast area, is excellent. Labels and descriptions are in Spanish, but there is some information in English--the audio guide is probably the way to go if you do not read Spanish. When you go, make sure you block at least three hours for a cursory look at the museum's contents. The bookstore (said to be very good) closes before the museum does.

2  Thank Clodovigo
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Reviewed 3 February 2014

Beautiful museum, highly informative; ask for the audio guide in English if your Spanish reading skills are not developed.

1  Thank wildhearts2
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Reviewed 23 January 2014

The attractive museum has the best exhibits for anthropology of the Gulf Coast of Mexico. Get the English audio guide.

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