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Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca

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Address: Gurrion at Alcala | Plaza Santa Domingo, Oaxaca, Mexico
Phone Number: (951) 516 2991
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10:00 am - 6:15 pm
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 6:15 pm

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Second only to the Anthropology Museum in Mexico City.

An in-depth journey through the millenia of Oaxaca's rich history. Make sure you rent the audio guide in English, which is worth every penny. The sumptuous architecture and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

An in-depth journey through the millenia of Oaxaca's rich history. Make sure you rent the audio guide in English, which is worth every penny. The sumptuous architecture and ornamentation of the building that houses the museum is jaw-dropping beautiful. Don't rush through...spend an entire afternoon.

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North Lakes, Queensland Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca is right next door to the most amazing church there is in Mexico and we saw a few. We had a good vibe here and enjoyed looking at things that were so old and the displays were great. It's a very large place so it takes a while to wonder around and it over... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Artifacts are well curated and displayed. In fact the quality and design of the display was nearly overwhelming at times. The bookstore is excellent and the view to the botanic garden is better than the actual tour of the garden….

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Vancouver, Canada
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Lovely grounds, well laid out for tourists. We didn't use a guide, but went early (before the crowds and heat) and spent a few hours wandering about, looking at the ruins and reading the information plaques (which were thankfully in English, if your Spanish is not up to snuff!). Can be a bit difficult to get down from Monte Alban... More 

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Washington DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

If you have only a weekend in Oaxaca, a trip to Monte Alban, a visit to this museum and some time wandering the historical area would be the top three things to do. (And of course sampling the food.) We had more time, so we spent the better part of two days soaking in the many exhibits covering the long... More 

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Oakland, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This added a lot to my Oaxaca experience. I used the audio phone tour (available as an extra purchase). I'm glad that I did, I got A LOT more out of the museum than I would have without it. If you do the audio tour, be prepared to be there for several hours as it is quite extensive. It is... More 

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Friday Harbor, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We visited the museum before going to any of the other major sites and are glad we did. Amongst it's many rooms, the history and culture of the area are fully on display -- from prehistoric times to present day. Particularly impressive are the finds from Tomb 7 of Monte Alban. The building itself (an old convent/monastery) is very impressive... More 

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Bloomington, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

This is a museum with something to interest most everyone. It covers the prehistory through the aftermath of the Spanish conquest in an attractive manner. It is housed on the second floor of a beautiful old Dominican convent and has great views of the rooftops and mountains around the city as well as of the Ethnobotanical Garden out of the... More 

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Port Vila, Vanuatu
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Make sure you have plenty of time to spend at this museum - or you'll end up going back twice like we did! In particular, make sure you visit Room 3 which has the artefacts discovered at Monte Alban - very rare to see such good quality artefacts. For US$5, you can get an audio-guide in English which is very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

The museum is well laid out but it's easy to find your way even though it is very large. There's a video not to be missed in one of the first few rooms...the one with jewelry and a mask covered in turquoise. It's a story told by a man and a woman about discoveries in Monte Alban with dancers wearing... More 

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