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National Museum of Anthropology

Spend an afternoon out of the sun and peruse ethnographic exhibits in the world's largest collection of ancient Mexican art.

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Mexico City: Anthropology Museum Guided Visit

1. Mexico City: Anthropology Museum Guided Visit

Enter the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City almost a half century after it was established, and discover why it remains the flagship enclosure safeguarding the legacy of the Mexican indigenous people. Standing as a symbol of identity and a mentor to generations seeking to dig into their cultural roots, the museum is the most popular in Mexico, attracting some 2 million visitors per year. Get insights into the various exhibits and their significance from your guide. Look at objects excavated from archaeological sites, covering vast territories in what is now modern-day Mexico. Learn about the various cultures that created them. Visit rooms where small objects, such as spear points are on display. These were used by early hunters on the continent more than 10,000 years ago. See simple clay pieces used in daily life and as symbolic articles in religious ceremonies. Admire impressive objects such as the Stone of the Sun (Aztec calendar stone). Your guide will explain the meaning of these valuable contributions to Mexico, as well as the ways historians have been challenged to re-think the development of the Mesoamerican people including Mayan, Aztec and Zapotec cultures. Enjoy some free time to explore the museum on your own after the guided tour. 

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Mexico City: Chapultepec Castle and Anthropology Museum Tour

2. Mexico City: Chapultepec Castle and Anthropology Museum Tour

Explore the life of the Mexican Emperor Maximilian I of Habsburg on a tour of Chapultepec Castle, located on top of Mexico City's Chapultepec Hill, a site once sacred to the Aztecs. Venture inside the stunning monument, and discover rooms of classical European ornamentations. Stroll the halls full of light and discover stairways made of marble. Admire the sculptures and busts of historical figures, such as the Emperor Cuauhtémoc and the Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés, along the way. Then depart Chapultepec Castle (also known as the "National Museum of History") and break for lunch, before going to the National Museum of Anthropology. Experience one of the most important anthropology museums in Latin America and explore rooms that detail the pre-Hispanic culture of the Maya, Toltec and other ethnic peoples through the ages. Learn more from your bilingual guide, and benefit from the chance to chat about Mexican history.

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Mexico City: Anthropology Museum Tour with Art Historian

3. Mexico City: Anthropology Museum Tour with Art Historian

Meet your art historian guide at the Anthropology Museum of Mexico City who is also a certified tourist guide. Embark on a walking tour of the main galleries as you begin to discover the incredible collections inside which cover the 3  main Mesoamerican cultures - the Teotihuacan, Mexican, and Mayan. As you begin to walk, find out why the museum was built with its specific design which resembles the architecture and religion of Mesoamerican cultures. Gain an overview of the stories, religion, mentality, and cosmologies of these historic cultures, to make the visit more comprehensible and friendly. The guide will show printed images and examples of the art form those cultures to make the explanations more accurate, clear, and enjoyable. After visiting the museum, spend some time at the gift shop. Then, head to one of the gardens in front of the museum to experience and enjoy the "Voladores de Papantla" dance. Appreciate this 2000-year-old tradition that is part of Mesoamerican culture. Listen as your guide explains what is happening during the performance. Marvel as how 4 people climb a tall pole and then throw themselves hanging from their ankles down to the ground.

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Mexico City: Castle and Anthropology Museum Private Tour

4. Mexico City: Castle and Anthropology Museum Private Tour

Visit the Castle of Chapultepec. Witness its outstanding collection of historical artifacts, before enjoying a trip to the National Museum of Anthropology. Begin your day with pickup at the hotel in Mexico City. Hit the road with your private guide and head for the castle of Chapultepec. Built at the turn of the 19th century and set in the middle of a forest, the Castle is an architectural gem. Enjoy an interior which houses many fascinating examples of Mexican heritage. Next, set off for the National Museum of Anthropology. The museum's design itself is rightly regarded as part of Mexico's architectural and cultural identity. Once inside, discover exhibits on the archaeological legacy of the peoples of Mesoamerica, hear fascinating accounts for the Mexico's ethnic diversity, and admire its massive ceilings up to 6 meters tall.

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Private Full-Day Museums of Mexico City Tour

5. Private Full-Day Museums of Mexico City Tour

Be collected from your Mexico City hotel in the morning and start with the most important museum in Latin America, the National Museum of Anthropology, where the biggest and fullest collection of artifacts from the pre-Hispanic period of Mesoamerica founded during the archaeological excavations is exhibited  in more than 22 rooms. All the artifacts are original and divided according the tribe and the period of time. You will not only learn a lot about everyday life of Indians, who governed the lands of Latin America for many centuries, but also you will be able to imagine what that life was like.  After that, direct your steps to the colorful and original district of Mexico City called Coyoacan. When you are there it seems you have traveled to a completely different city and you are not longer in the capital. Coyoacan is a bohemian center of Mexico City, the place adored by painters,  musicians, writers, architects, who traveled here to from all the world, because of the uniqueness of Coyoacan. Here you will visit  the main square of the district surrounded by beautiful colonial buildings and take a walk along the main Coyoacan street directly to the museum of a world famous Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo.  Her museum is placed is so called Blue House where Frida lived for the longest part of her life. Nowadays, the house belongs to Frida´s great-niece and to the daughter of famous Mexican painter and Frida´s husband - Diego Rivera. All the house-ware, paintings, sketches, notes are kept there as it was when Frida was alive. Not far from Frida's museum there is another also internationally important. This a house-museum of Leon Trotsky, well-known revolutionary, who escaped soviet totalitarian regime and spent the end of his life living near Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera. 

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Mexico City: National Palace and Anthropology Museum Tour

6. Mexico City: National Palace and Anthropology Museum Tour

Join this tour and explore Mexico City with a live guide. Discover the rich history of this city, known as The City of the Gods. Visit the National Palace and see the beautiful murals painted by the great artist Diego Rivera.  Start your trip with a pickup from your hotel. Sit back and enjoy the ride to the historical center of Mexico City, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage. Marvel at the countless monuments and the architectural style as you drive. Next, visit the National Palace. If you are a fan of Diego Rivera's art, this is a great place to see his work. Marvel at his murals as your guide tells you interesting facts about his work and life. Walk around the Central Plaza, and admire the Metropolitan Cathedral. Then, continue to Chapultepec Park, the second-largest city park in Latin America. Stroll around the park or enjoy a picnic by the idyllic lake if you like. Visit the National Museum of Anthropology, one of the top museums in the world. Discover a wonderful collection of art, artifacts, and history going back further than 4000 years.  Explore each section and be sure not to miss the iconic Aztec calendar stone. The museum is a must-visit when you are pretty sure it might even be the best museum you have ever visited in Mexico. After your visit, your tour will end. So jump in the car, reminisce about your day as you enjoy a ride back to your hotel. 

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Mexico City: Full-Day City Tour with Anthropology Museum

7. Mexico City: Full-Day City Tour with Anthropology Museum

Your tour begins in the Anthropology Museum, admire some of the pieces amongst the vast collection of pre-hispanic art inside of the museum. Your guide will explain pieces like the Sun Stone, also called the Aztec calendar; the Coatlicue, and several other pieces that reflected the thought, lifestyle and religion of the different civilizations developed inside the ancient Mexico. Later, head to the Historic Center of the city, where the Aztec empire was once seated. Your guide will give you a brief explanation on the Great Tenochtitlan, and the traces that remain as evidence of its existence. Walk through some of the busiest streets of the Historic Center and the outside of some of its emblematic buildings, such as the Metropolitan Cathedral, National Palace and the Palace of Fine Arts. In between the Museum and the Historic Center, enjoy a panoramic ride across Reforma Avenue; where you’ll see several monuments that have shaped and given identity to our city, like the Angel of Independence, Diana the Huntress, and more recently, the creation of the Bicentennial Column.

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Mexico City: Private Walking Tour & Anthropology Museum

8. Mexico City: Private Walking Tour & Anthropology Museum

Meet your guide, who knows all the main sights and attractions of Mexico City, and your driver, who knows all the main routes and traffic patterns, at your accommodation.  Begin at the Zócalo (the Plaza of the Constitution) and walk through the traditional streets of the historic center. Discover the history of the most symbolic buildings on every corner. You will journey to the Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Palas, the Palace of the Bellas Arts, Madero Street, and to a panoramic view of the Paseo de la Reforma.  Visit the Museum of Anthropology, one of the most important buildings in Mexico City as it has the largest anthropological and archaeological collection in the world. Rooms house the prehispanic evidence of the Mexicas, Mayas, Toltecs, and more cultures. The museum remains the most emblematic in the area as it safeguards the Mexican autochthonous legacy and stands as a symbol of identity and guidance for generations that seek to know their cultural roots. 

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What people are saying about National Museum of Anthropology

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 164 reviews

A very good guide, very nice. Has knowledge of the history of Mexico as well as the musts and speaks very good easy-to-understand English. We recommend. Very good guide, really friendly an kind. Huge knowledge about Mexican Historie and the museums. Speaking good, easy for us to understand English. We recommend him.

It just include half of the museum. Maybe this information should be mentioned on the details. The guide “Edith” was great. She really dominate the all details about the pieces. Which is really important :) we continued to explore the other half of the museum by ourselves.

I was very impressed with the museum, what we saw, what we heard and all the information that was given to us. I should let my friends know that the first place to visit in CMDX is the museum to understand the origen and

our tour guide was the best. showed us everything we wished to see

Gerson was a great guide and we highly recommend him.