Museo Nacional de Antropologia is the largest and most visited museum in all of Mexico, and for a good reason. It was pretty amazing!
National Museum of Archaeology
This magnificent museum in the heart of Mexico City was built in 1964. It was designed by Pedro Ramirez Vazquez, Jorge Campuzano and Rafael Mijares Alecérreca.
In the center courtyard of the museum is an impressive water feature called “el paraguas,” or the umbrella.
The museum features 35 permanent exhibit halls on the ground floor, with more halls on the second level focusing on present-day indigenous groups. The galleries are surrounded by gardens and many contain outdoor exhibits.
The complex covers nearly 20 acres, so you could easily spend an entire day there and not see everything.
As our focus of the trip was Aztec and Maya civilizations, this was a MUST SEE, and we spent most of our afternoon focusing on those two halls.
Here Are A Few Highlights!
Here’s a quick glimpse at some of our favorite Museo Nacional de Antropologia exhibits.
Know Before You Go
The museum is closed on Monday with hours listed as Tuesday through Sunday, and Holidays from 9 AM to 5 PM.
Sundays can be very busy as the museum, and many Mexican museums and archaeological sites, are free to Mexican Citizens and Foreign Residents.
The current price of admission is 90 pesos or about $4.75 US.
It is accessible by public transportation on the Metro Auditorio (line 7) and the Metro Chapultepec (line 1) within a reasonably short walk.
Do Not Miss This!
You’ll find delicious food and snack stands outside the museum and across the lawn. You’ll also see some incredible regional entertainers.
Danza de los Voladores, or Dance of the Flyers, is a mesoamerican ritual for rain and fertility. The modern adaptation of this Central Mexican tradition is pretty amazing to watch.
We love the photos and videos we were able to capture. But be sure to check out this video from Youtube.
There were also a dozen or so dancers dressed in traditional Aztec ceremonial costumes dancing and sharing some customs.
The Museo Nacional de Antropologia and the surrounding park are a must-see when you visit Mexico City.