The National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) in Mexico City is widely considered one of the world’s best and most important museums. The extensive museum contains the world’s largest collections of prehispanic archaeological and anthropological artifacts from Mexican and Mesoamerican civilizations.
This wonderful museum is vast, on the scale of the Louvre in Paris. With 23 exhibition halls spread over 2 acres, the museum’s curators superbly display some 600,000 artifacts from Mesoamerican cultures, including: Teotihuacan, Toltec, Aztec, Mixtec, Zapotec, Olmec, and Maya. You can also find exhibits focused on Mexico’s present-day indigenous groups.
The building’s architects have created a beautiful and well-organized facility that is something worth experiencing. The impressive and compelling exhibits display the deep and rich history of the region. It’s truly fascinating to explore the breadth of historical and anthropological treasures.
If you move very quickly, you might see it all in a day, but it would be a blur and you’d be exhausted. We recommend doing a little research beforehand to help you prioritize your time during a 3-4 hour visit or even planning more than one visit.
During our 4-hour visit, we kept our then 7-year-old son entertained with an English audio guide and a homemade booklet containing photos of famous artifacts. We created a scavenger hunt of the museum for him. His job was to find all of the artifacts in his booklet and listen to the description of each. He enthusiastically (and rapidly) led us through the museum in search of each and every item. Although the pace of our visit was faster than I would have liked, we were thrilled that he was happily engaged for the entire visit.
We will happily visit the museum again when we have the chance and we highly recommend it to everyone – period. It is an absolute must-see and worth a trip to Mexico City on its own merit, if you have a particular interest in Mexico, Mesoamerica, Anthropology, Archaeology or History.
Address: Paseo de la Reforma at Calle Gandhi, Section 1 Bosque de Chapultepec, Mexico City
Hours: 9 am to 7 pm Tuesday to Sunday, Closed on Mondays
Admission: 57 pesos
Website: National Museum of Anthropology
Facebook: Museo Nacional de Antropología