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Mexico City – Chapultepec – Museo Nacional de Antropología – The Olmecs

Posted in Chapultepec, Mexico, Mexico City, State of Mexico on February 7, 2017 by gannet39

As I mentioned in my previous post on the Aztecs, the Museo Nacional de Antropología (closed Monday but open every other day from 9am to 7pm) is so large, you won’t be able to see it in one go, or even five goes, so you have to choose wisely.

I only saw the Aztec and the Oaxaca Area displays. The latter includes the Olmecs who are a favourite of mine, due to their amazing sculptures of large stone heads (see the very last picture).

Click on a photo to go to full screen slideshow mode (recommended).

So much fascinating art, I can’t wait to go back to see the other exhibits.

Should you need it, here’s my Google map.

Mexico City – Chapultepec – Museo Nacional de Antropología – The Aztecs

Posted in Chapultepec, Mexico, Mexico City, State of Mexico on February 6, 2017 by gannet39

Chapultepec, more properly called the Bosque de Chapultepec, is Mexico City’s biggest park, and in fact the largest park in Latin America. In pre-Columbian times it was a retreat for the Aztec rulers and now it serves a similar role as a green lung for the capital’s populace.

Along with other institutions it contains the marvellous Museo Nacional de Antropología (closed Monday but open every other day from 9am to 7pm) which is one of the most interesting museums I’ve ever been to. Google map here.

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However, it’s so big that I only saw a fraction of what was on display. As I had to work, I only arrived at 5pm and given my limited time (it closes at 7pm) the guy at the information desk recommended that I just see the highlights which, according to him, were the Teotihuacan, Aztec and Maya rooms.

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In practice though, I only saw the Aztecs and the Oaxaca Area displays (see next post for the latter). In fact I spent 2.5 hours in just two of the twelve rooms on the ground floor, and there are another ten rooms on the second floor! In short, choose wisely and give yourself plenty of time!

Click on a photo to go to full screen slideshow…


Amazing stuff don’t you think? See my next  post for the Olmecs (also amazing).

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