One of the largest and most iconic museums in Mexico City is the National Museum of Anthropology and History. A unique space in the world, not only for its eclectic architecture and that great fountain that spills water at the entrance, but also for its facilities with more than 20 exhibition halls, auditoriums and library.
The primary intention of this precinct is to exhibit the most important archaeological and ethnographic collections in the country. In that sense, this space is the opportunity to learn about and recognize the unmentionable pre-Columbian past that flourished in Mexico. Here you can find everything from gigantic stone sculptures to small human figures.
Although it is one of those spaces where you have to see and understand each piece, sometimes when you are passing through or have the time counted, you do not have time to go through everything.
To remedy this, we have chosen four essential rooms that summarize in a delicate and intelligent way this beautiful experience.
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The main objective of this room is to explain the development of the first human beings in America. Through key pieces here we will see how the indigenous cultures developed to create the different Mesoamerican peoples: the Mexica, the Maya, the Teotihuacan, the Zapotec, the Mixtec and the Olmec.
Room 4: Teotihuacan
Teotihuacan is one of the most important archaeological sites in the country; an archaeological space where the pyramid of the Moon and the pyramid of the Sun live and that for many experts is the sacred site where the Aztec cosmogony began to be written.
The importance of this culture is such that it has a room dedicated to it, room four. Here you can find detailed information about the unknown settlers who inhabited this periphery of the city: stone objects, murals found at the site, legends and much more…
Room 7: Cultures of Oaxaca
In Oaxaca there were two ethnic groups: the Zapotecs and the Mixtecs. The Zapotecs developed early writing and in this room you can find several tombstones with their calligraphy. On the other hand, the Mixtecs developed codices and different ornaments carved with delicacy, as well as several gold objects, many of them are in this site.
Room 9: Maya
In the Museum of Anthropology you can learn about: The Mayan culture. Is extremely mysterious and advanced. The Maya developed a very precise writing system and calendar. In the room dedicated to them you can contemplate codices of their writings on astronomy and religion as well as a variety of sculptures that represent the wealth of their knowledge.
Definitely, the National Museum of Anthropology and History is something you have to see at least once in your life.
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