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Rufino Tamayo Museum of Pre-Hispanic Art

Address: Av. Morelos 503, Oaxaca, Mexico
Phone Number: 9-516-4750
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Ranked #7 of 55 Attractions in Oaxaca
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: This museum contains a varied collection of pre-Columbian art donated by Rufino Tamayo, one of...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: This museum contains a varied collection of pre-Columbian art donated by Rufino Tamayo, one of Mexico's most famous modern artists.
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

A stunning collection laid out in an fresh, unconventional way. Works mostly from Santa Cruz, pre-hispanic art laid out around a lovely courtyard with gleaming specimens of local flora. Near the Zocolo. Put in on your list.

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Brisbane, Australia
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Museums can be a bit overwhelming but this one is small and structured. Each display room is painted in a different colour and open out into a portico and courtyard garden. Its a quiet oasis from the city buzz outside and there is lots to see with English captions..

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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54 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Artist Rufino Tamayo assembled this collection of pre-Hispanic ceramic artifacts with an eye toward their aesthetics rather than strict historical continuity, and the result is one of the most breathtaking arrays of such sculpture anywhere in the Americas. Virtually every piece here is a masterwork that merits careful study and repeat viewing. The museum's considerable charm is as much a... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

If you like pre-hispanic art, this is THE museum to visit in Oaxaca. I spent 3 hours in there... and I would go back anytime!

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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Beautiful museum with some stunning, exciting pieces. Has something for everyone! A great way to beat the heat and spend an afternoon.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

For just around $3.00 US, this place is a must see. I visit religiously every time I am in Oaxaca. Taking time to see the objects helps understand the various layers of the Mexican culture. It is fascinating to realize that one artist made it his life's work to collect and preserve this work, sometimes bartering with his own artwork... More 

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WA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

It's worth an hour or two of exploration, very well organized, and unique. We really enjoyed how it was organized. There are laminated informational sheets in a variety of languages in each room and it's easy to follow. Well worth the small admission fee.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Amazing exhibits in a former hacienda. Well presented and lovely setting. Items on display range from around 200 BC to 800 AD. Beautiful selection of art work from the three main indigenous peoples.

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Cagliari
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217 reviews 217 reviews
40 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

The collection of this museum is excellent, and the exhibition even better. I loved the setting of the various rooms in different colours. Very clear, very clean, very nice to follow.

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Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This is a small museum with little information presented on the artifacts and their context. However, the pieces are absolutely beautiful, extremely well conserved and presented in an aesthetic manner. It is well kept, with friendly and polite staff (speaking Spanish always helps). The Museum is also situated near the historic centre (5-minute walk from the Zócalo) but a map... More 

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