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Rufino Tamayo Museum of Pre-Hispanic Art

Av. Morelos 503, Oaxaca, Mexico
9-516-4750
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Ranked #6 of 58 Attractions in Oaxaca
Type: Art Museums
Traveler Description: Like many museums in Oaxaca, this museum is open at night as well as the daytime. One can stroll around town to the Zocalo and then down... more »
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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I loved this museum. There are pieces from all over Mexico. Sadly many of them were not from proper archaeological excavations so little is known about them-except the state they are from. But don't miss this little museum.

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Gilbert, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

A few blocks from the Zocalo of Oaxaca you can find this small museum that hold beautiful pieces of several prehispanic cultures. It is amazing to see that most of the pieces are in excellent condition, and even better that the ones I have seen in Mexico City. Worth visiting. There is an entrance fee.

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Oaxaca, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

If you are interested in archeological treasure, this collection is quite different from most. I really enjoyed the artist, erotic side of this collection, giving me a whole new perspective of ancient culture. Some of the statues etc, where from areas of Mexico, that most people would not think about, as sites...maybe because none have been uncovered there yet, or... More

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Frisco, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Very educational but would have wanted to see more Oaxacan pre-Hispanic art vs from other parts of Mexico - just because we were in Oaxaca!

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Not only were exhibits great with English language placards explaining all the origins (Hope to see these updated with a little more info on the items), we also had a primo spot for viewing a late morning (around 11 am) cultural delegations parade during Guelaguetza.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The Rufino Tamayo Museum has an amazing collection of pre-Columbian ceramics and stone carvings from Oaxaca and elsewhere in Mexico. It's a fairly small museum, but the collection is truly impressive, and it does not get crowded. There's also a beautiful little courtyard. It's a little gem, really. Go!

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

The first time (years ago) I went it , was just the "Rufino Tamayo Museum", so I expected to see his art. Therefore I was disappointed. This time, being more informed, I found it charming and informative.

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Custer, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Outstanding collection of art. Especially liked the depiction of the ball court, very unusual. This is a smaller museum but the collection is worth the visit!

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Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Artifacts collected by an artist, for their artistic merit (in his eyes), some really outstanding works of pre-columbian sculpture and pottery.

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Los Gatos, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

An interesting display of pre Spanish art effect from all over Mexico. A quick and humbling lesson of the great culture that was. It is primarily an art museum, its just that the art is up to 3,000 years old.

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