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“Fascinating artifacts, beautifully displayed.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rufino Tamayo Museum of Pre-Hispanic Art

Rufino Tamayo Museum of Pre-Hispanic Art
Av. Morelos 503, Oaxaca, Mexico
9-516-4750
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Ranked #6 of 57 attractions in Oaxaca
Type: Art Museums
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Owner description: This museum contains a varied collection of pre-Columbian art donated by Rufino Tamayo, one of Mexico's most famous modern artists.
New York, New York, United States
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“Fascinating artifacts, beautifully displayed.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

This former colonial home was elegantly restored by the artist Rufino Tamayo in order to display his extensive collection of pre-Columbian artifacts. While there's not always sufficient information about every item (at least not on the English language cards in each room), the way the space is designed more than makes up for that. Each room is painted a different intense color - when combined with the dramatic lighting, the overall effect is a sort of mystical atmosphere. The artifacts are grouped thematically and displayed in niches in the thick adobe walls. Well worth a visit, both for the collections and the architecture.

Visited January 2014
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“Pre-colombian art at its best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

The museum prtesents a well described collection of pre-colombian artifacts that are part of the culture of Monte Alban and beyond For those interested in a concise orientation that usefully orients the viewer to the high art of Mexico's pre-colombian cultures it is worth it

Visited January 2014
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Seattle, WA
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“Worth a Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

An interesting and excellent collection of pre-Columbian artifacts well-organized and displayed in a nicely restored old Oaxacan building. Worth the admission price and easily enjoyed in an hour or so.

Visited February 2014
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seattle, washington
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“my number one must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

those amazing figures, with expressions...this man had an incredible eye. I love his people. a perfect size museum too-

Visited February 2014
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“Primitive Beauty”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

English interpretation sheets were available to understand each case of artifacts. The pieces were dramatic yet simple in revealing the artistic representation of life BC and AD. Definitely worth a visit.

Visited February 2014
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