About Museo Regional de Oaxaca
Museo Regional de Oaxaca – sometimes known as the Museum of Oaxacan Culture – was founded in 1831, in the then convent of San Pablo. In the 1970s, the museum moved to its current location in the cloister of the Ex-convent of Santo Domingo de Guzmán that had previously been restored and conditioned to best fulfil its new purpose. Today, it is this Oaxaca’s main museum, chronicling the history of the identically named state and city.
The main draw at Museo Regional de Oaxaca is its collection of finds from Monte Alban, a nearby archaeological area and one of Mexico’s most impressive pre-Columbian historic sites. The highlights are mainly the treasures from a 14th century Mixtec royal tomb (Tomb 7) which were re-discovered in 1932.
Aside from this, the museum also charts the rich history and cultures of the whole state of Oaxaca, from pre-Hispanic societies such as the Zapotecs and Mixtecs right up until the present day as well as the history of resistance to colonisation and conquest.
The whole complex of Santo Domingo is also not to be missed: full of Renaissance architectural features and ornate interior decorations, as well as a 30,000 strong library.
Before You Go
Much of the museum’s text is in Spanish: English audio guides are available for a small extra fee.