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The National Museum of Anthropology was inaugurated on September 17, 1964, by President Adolfo López Mateos, who declared:

"The Mexican people lift this monument in honor of the admirable cultures that flourished during the Pre-Columbian period in regions that are now territory of the Republic.

In front of the testimonies of those cultures, the Mexico of today pays tribute to the indigenous people of Mexico, in whose example we recognize characteristics of our national originality."

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MUSEO NACIONAL DE ANTROPOLOGÍA
The National Museum of Anthropology was completed in 1964 and reflects the
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The National Museum of Anthropology was completed in 1964 and reflects the
The National Museum of Anthropology was completed in 1964 and reflects the modernist design of that era. Two wings, of two stories each, flank a huge courtyard and pond. The exhibit halls cover a space equal to 20 acres.

Outside, it's surrounded by lush gardens. If you visit, plan on spending several hours, and you still may not get to see everything. The museum is enormous. After nearly five hours, I was physically and mentally exhausted; I had seen and taken in so much, and there's still a section I didn't get to.

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The massive concrete "umbrella" seen in the top photo is supported by this single
The massive concrete "umbrella" seen in the top photo is supported by this single column, carved with depictions of atoms, astronauts, and indigenous markings. It's also a fountain, that visitors are explicitly warned "not" to get into.
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Wall mural of animals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Mexicans love murals and large works of art. This is one of several found in the museum and depicts various animals, some now extinct. mural of the many animals eque mi, varius eget, tincidunt nec, suscipit id, libero. In eget purus. Vestibulum ut nisl. Donec
Aztec building

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A thousand-year-old building from the Aztec empire era shown in its natural setting.
Thousands of years old, a building from the Aztec Empire is seen in its natural setting.
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Temple

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I've seen photos of pyramids and Greek temples, but this was the first time seeing
I've seen photos of pyramids and Greek temples, but this was the first time seeing something ancient with my own eyes.
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Aztec Wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A section of a wall from a Mayan building showing its carvings.
A section of a wall from a Mayan building showing its carvings.
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Aztec figure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Sculpture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Museum of Anthropology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Aztec Bat sculpture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



The museum considers this its most prized piece. This is a depiction of a bat.
The museum considers this its most prized artifact. It's a depiction of a bat.
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Museum Of Anthropology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



However, this is "my" favorite piece. A beautiful work of art. The photo does not
However, this is "my" favorite piece. It's beautiful. The photo does not capture the glow, or the rich color, of this stunning work of art.
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Aztec

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






To appreciate the true scale of this piece, see the two people on the right.
The galleries of the museum are huge. They have to be to house artifacts like this one. To appreciate the true scale of this piece, notice how small the two people are on the right, standing beside it. A number of these massive reconstructions can be found throughout the museum.

Aztec burial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



This exhibit space of an ancient tomb was carved out of the floor. It's reached by
The exhibit space of an ancient tomb is carved out of the floor of the museum. It's reached by going down a short, black-walled, flight of steps. Turn a corner and the above scene is in front of you. This was an important person. The body, now skeleton, was buried with things they would need in the next life. Dramatic and beautifully staged.

Religious mural

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


What baffled me was how eagerly the indigenous Indians adopted Catholicism.
What baffled me was how quickly the indigenous Indians adopted Catholicism. Smallpox had a lot to do with it. When the Indians saw their people dying of the disease, while the Spanish survived, they thought their gods had deserted them, and the God of the Spanish was more powerful because it protected them from death. Today, Mexico is 83 percent Roman Catholic, 10 percent other Christians, 5 percent with no religion, and the remaining 2 percent is divided among Jews, Muslims, and other religions.
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Along with Catholicism came the burning in hell for one's "sins," a new concept for the indigenous populations.
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Masks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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These masks were produced sometime after the Spanish arrived with their African slaves. Again, one sees the African cultural influence in color, and the depiction of some animals from Africa.

Villiage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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A model of a village. There are a number of these miniature re-creations throughout the museum. The most spectacular ones show the Aztec and Mayan Empires at their zenith. Maecenas urna purus, fermentum id, molestie in, commodo porttitor, felis.

Village Scene

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Mexican merchant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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The photos above and below show modern-day scenes in rural Mexico. Note the attention to detail. All the fruit and vegetables are not props, but real and are changed everyday.

Village home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


This is an exhibt showing life in a home in a village. This is very different from how
This is an exhibit showing home life in a village. This is very different from how the elites live in Mexico City. Note, just about all of the mannequins in the museum are brown, making it a unique experience for the Black or Brown visitor.
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