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Mexico National Museum of Anthropology

Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City, Mexico

About Mexico National Museum of Anthropology

El Museo Nacional de Antropología (Mexico National Museum of Anthropology) is a world-class museum, and one of the best places to start understanding Mexico’s long and complex indigenous history, covering early Mesoamerican, Toltec, Mayan and Aztec civilisations.

Pre-Hispanic civilisations can be found on the ground floor rooms, whilst the first floor details how the descendants of indigenous people live today in Mexico.

The museum houses some particularly star items amongst 12 million strong collection, including the Piedra del Sol (Sun Stone) from the Zocalo, jade masks of Zapotec gods, and a number of pieces excavated at Chichen Itza, so be sure to stop here if you’re planning on visiting Aztec and Mayan sites later on your trip.

In the grounds of the museum, there are also various replicas of now-lost temples and tombs, including a remarkable replica of the tomb of King Pakal at Palenque.

The Aztec Sun Calendar, Mexico City. Image credit: Shutterstock.

Before You Go

The museum is extremely large: it contains far more than a day’s worth of material, so pace yourself and/or choose to visit highlights if you’re strapped for time. Guided tours are also available.