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Address: Xalapa, Mexico
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Tue - Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: This top-notch anthropology museum displays the diversity of Mexican...
This top-notch anthropology museum displays the diversity of Mexican cultures.
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incredible collection

It is the second largest museum in Mexico and has an awesome collection of ancient artifacts including seven of the huge Olmec heads

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
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san francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

It is the second largest museum in Mexico and has an awesome collection of ancient artifacts including seven of the huge Olmec heads

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Xalapa, Mexico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

This museum is awesome! - but if you don't speak/read Spanish, don't plan on reading any of the plaques, as they're one language only. There might be audio tours in English, but I didn't check...in each "room" of the museum there seemed to be some placards with summaries in English. They're not required to write everything in English as well,... More 

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Reedsburg, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This museum was surprising and wonderful, the Olmec heads alone make it a must see and it's in a neighborhood with a fabulous park

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Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
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41 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

At first, we thought we would skip this, since we had come from Mexico City and visited the national anthropology museum there. But I'm glad it was a rainy day, and perfect for spending it indoors at a museum. It is focused on the Olmecs and other ancient cultures of this particular area, so there is a lot more variety... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Xalapa museum was brilliant. The scale and the range of items was breathtaking. The items were well placed throughout the museum, following a logical sequence. The museum is also brilliantly lit, which sets everything off to perfection. My favourites were the huge heads, which were most impressive. Our visit was perfect due to our fabulous guide Jaime! I unreservedly recommend... More 

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Xalapa, Mexico
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The museum is laid out like a series of massive stairs that works its way down a gentle hill while passing from one culture or epoch to the next as one moves to the next stair. There is not a lot of documentation and virtually all text is in Spanish. The museum is very open and there are gardens along... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

I really enjoyed the museum. It is the best thing in Xalapa. It is not as good as the one in Mexico City, but it is quite remarkable and worthwhile seeing.

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toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

We took a taxi here (25 pesos) as it is about 2 miles from the city center. The building is beautiful (entrance is 50 pesos) and the collection of Olmec heads and other artifacts is great. We spent 1.5 hours here and it was perfect for a rainy afternoon. There are nice grounds, front and back, for a sunny day.... More 

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Brasilia, DF
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

The architecture of the building is fantastic and promotes the integration with Nature through several gardens with many museum pieces. The huge Olmec heads (cabezas monumentales) are breathtaking. I hope to have a chance to visit again and spend more time reading and learning.

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Portland, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Fabulous museum both architecture and installations. One of the best I've ever seen. Easy to understand, not overwhelming.

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