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Anthropology Museum

Xalapa, Mexico
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Ranked #1 of 17 attractions in Xalapa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Description: This top-notch anthropology museum displays the diversity of Mexican cultures.
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San Antonio, Texas
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81 reviews 81 reviews
44 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The museum is much bigger than what I expected, displays are very nice, expect almost 3 hours on your visit, my only complaint is the layout is at different levels, as you walk you have to be careful not to fall, since there is no warning or a handrail to prevent you from falling to the next level, and it... More

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53 reviews 53 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

This museum is superb. It is one of the finest anthropology museums in Mexico, a country full of museums. My only real complaint is that they don't allow DSLR cameras, only the small pocket digital cameras.

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Cuernavaca, Mexico
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47 reviews 47 reviews
27 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

The Anthropology Museum in Xalapa is simply spectacular. Although it is located a bit outside the main town it is well worth the effort. Not only is the building itself a fantastic structure but it has wonderful gardens and even more impressive archeological holdings. Be prepared for a visit of 2-3 hours I would say! I think more than anything... More

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Rancho Santa Fe, California
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90 reviews 90 reviews
16 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

This museum was built in the 60s, amazing architecture holds World best Aztec and Mayan collections. The original Stone Aztec calendar is one of the highlights as well as the Big Toltec Heads. Just Amazing !!!!!!

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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

I had read and been told how good this museum was so I had to visit. It's a little bit out of the centre but its easy to get a bus, and my bus driver showed me where to get off. The exhibits are awe inspiring (showing excellent examples of all pre-Hispanic cultures), the layout is excellent, and the setting... More

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Xalapa, Veracruz
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Since I have lived in Xalapa for the last 42 years, I remember what the Anthropology Museum was like about 25 years ago. The display rooms where similar to the metal grain silos of western Kansas where I grew up. The lighting was terrible, just everything was terrible. But today's museum rivals of the worlds best in content and museography.... More

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Oklahoma City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

If you are interested in the pre-conquest history of Mexico or in appreciating good museum design, Xalapa's Museo de Antropología--the MAX--is an unsurpassed destination and easily one of the best anthropological museums in the Western hemisphere. The museum itself is beautiful and functional, and the quality of the art and artifacts, especially from the Mexican Gulf coast area, is excellent.... More

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Lake Oswego, Oregon
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Beautiful museum, highly informative; ask for the audio guide in English if your Spanish reading skills are not developed.

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Ajijic, Mexico
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52 reviews 52 reviews
5 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Great museum and wonderful architecture. Most of the inscriptions were in Spanish but we discovered the there were English info sheets on the wall at the entrance to each room which gave an introduction to what you would find there.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

We opted to visit the Xalapa Museum of Anthropology rather than Mexico City's because of the amount of time we would have. This museum does an excellent job of telling many stories in a clear and concise manner. Excellent artifacts. We did buy a guide book in the museum bookstore for about $10 since nothing is interpreted in English.

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