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The best way to truly understand a place is to discover its history, its roots. Here at the National Museum of Anthropology(Museo Nacional de Antropologia), you can find relics, sculptures, murals, and tangible pieces of Mexico's rich cultural history, translating volumes about how colourful and significant the past has shaped modern Mexico.
Always one of the most recommended places to visit in Mexico City, The National Museum of Anthropology boasts numerous iconic displays, ancient art, and the largest collection of Mexican heritage pieces in America. From archaeological and anthropological artefacts to tombs and gravestones, the museum tastefully presents each one with calculated care.
Located within the famed Chapultepec Park in Mexico City, the impressive architectural structure of the museum alone will pique your curiosity radar. The centre pond in the courtyard comes with an interestingly long cantilever 'umbrella', which is supported by a single pillar that seems to defy engineering laws. It has 23 permanent exhibit halls and almost 8 hectares of areas of cultural finds and art pieces.
One of the most popular pieces is the Aztec Sunstone. This giant Aztec calendar stone is made of basalt, weighs about 24 tonnes, and measures almost 12 feet in diameter. There are so many other sculptures and murals from the Mayan Civilization depicting the old ways of Mayan living.
The museum is fitted to accommodate international and local guests.
- Lockers are available for storing your bags at the museum's front esplanade.
- The coat-check area at the lobby temporarily stores packages, umbrellas, backpacks, and all items not allowed to take inside the exhibit halls.
- Wheelchairs are available for free for persons with disabilities.
- Flash photography, selfie sticks, smoking, and bringing food and beverages are not allowed within the premises. A permit worth Mpx 45 is required for those who wish to use a video camera.
- Restaurant Meridien at the museum's ground floor serves meals until 6 pm.
- Don't forget to visit the Gift Shop at the lobby. You get to buy some unique souvenirs which can serve as perfect memorabilia of your travels to Mexico.
- Parking fee is Mxp16 per hour.
- ID required - Free entry for national students, national teachers, PWD (Person with disability), children below 13yrs-old: Daily
The National Library of Anthropology and History is open Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 9 PM at the ground floor office area.
Address: Av Paseo de la Reforma y Calzada Gandhi S/N, Chapultepec Polanco, Miguel Hidalgo, 11560 Ciudad de México
Tel: +52 55 4040 5300
Daily: Tuesday - Sunday 9 AM to 7 PM. Closed on Mondays.