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Rufino Tamayo Museum of Pre-Hispanic Art

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Address: Av. Morelos 503, Oaxaca, Mexico
Phone Number: 9-516-4750
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Description: This museum contains a varied collection of pre-Columbian art donated by...
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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A wonderful surprise

I must admit that I was not too excited about visiting this museum. It was a bit off the beaten path and I've been disappointed by regional museums of pre-Columbian art. However... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

I must admit that I was not too excited about visiting this museum. It was a bit off the beaten path and I've been disappointed by regional museums of pre-Columbian art. However, I always make a point of seeing every art museum I can. This place is a real jewel and I would have kicked myself had we missed it.... More 

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Twin Cities, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The museum's Pre-Columbian collection was purchased by artist Rufino Tamayo in part to keep these treasures in Mexico instead of museums abroad. The objects are displayed as art, as aesthetic objects as opposed to their historical and anthropological contexts. The displays are gorgeous; each room is painted a different deep color (blue, violet, orange). English language information is available on... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Impressive, captivating, beautifully curated five or six room museum. Plan to stay for a few hours to savor the installations.

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Toluca, Mexico
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Once was the first person ever to collect for himself the values on culture and most kept it for himself now share just the tiny items your able to see and open up the hudge door on how Mexicans ignore for several ages the culture

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I like the small scale - you see such good examples of pre-colombian sculpture without being overwhelmed. Things are well-displayed.

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los angeles
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Beautiful prehispanic art art that gives context to region and certainly insight into his work and perhaps understanding of what he created. Don't expect to see his works of art.

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Washington DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Located in an attractive building of the colonial era with an appealing interior courtyard, this is a truly fine museum. It is manageably small and thoughtfully arranged; informative texts are available in both Spanish and English. The quality of the art is superb. As the museum's title indicates, the collection reflects the cultures of the diverse civilizations that preceded the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

This museum was really interesting with well displayed prehispanic artifacts and information sheets available in each room describing the individual artifacts. Beautifully displayed in a lovely building!

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Washington DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

These artifacts have been selected for their artistic interest rather than strictly for their historical or anthropological merit and are well displayed. An English-language ‘guide’ is available for each room, which is helpful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I loved it all the prehispanic Art from different states of Mexico. No disappointments. It was a great experience.

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