Museo Amparo

Museo Amparo, Puebla: Hours, Address, Museo Amparo Reviews: 4.5/5

Museo Amparo
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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This museum houses numerous artifacts and pieces of art from pre-Columbian and colonial times.
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JoAnne H
Washington State398 contributions
Feb 2020
What I liked the very best, coming from a museum and education background, was watching one young teacher/docent with a group of 11 or 12 year olds. In his gentle way, this young man had the kids on the edge of their seats (so to speak) engaging them using the Socratic method... not the usual Mexican guide series of facts. The whole museum was full of kids doing art projects, learning, loving every minute. As far as I am concerned, I think they have done a great job in their remodel of exhibits, but the floor plan ranks with the world's most confusing buildings, giving the LAX a run for its money. They had three huge art exhibits. I loved the one about the young woman tracing her Ecuadoran grandmother's footsteps. I got lost from my husband. Ended up on the roof, where I ordered a ham baguette (very good) and a beer. No beer, even though it was on the menu. OK, I will have water. No water... at least no tap water. Given all of the negative, it is still a five and a must see in Puebla. The view from the cafe level is interesting, as you are eye level with the domes of the churches nearby. How about working on a better map of the exhibits?
Written March 2, 2020
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Sandy S
Albuquerque, NM840 contributions
Sep 2021
As a museum of pre-Hispanic art, the Museo Amparo is a knockout. Based on their aesthetic quality alone, many of the hundreds of pieces in its collection would deserve to be displayed in the Met or the Louvre. The objects are organized by theme (people, animals, the cult of death) and culture – Olmec, Toltec, Mayan – with texts describing these cultures and their interactions. Each individual piece bears a sign stating its date and place of production. Artful lighting brings out the details.
Set up as furnished rooms, with paintings as decoration, the Amparo’s Viceregal (19th century) collection pales by comparison. The most interesting object there is Diego Rivera’s 1952 portrait of Señora Amparo Rugarcia de Espinosa, elegant in a black strapless gown.
Written September 12, 2021
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jasonsd
Vista, CA101 contributions
Jan 2022 • Solo
I loved this museum! The Pre-Colombian and photography exhibits were awesome, and the avant-garde displays were very cool. The cafe on the rooftop was the perfect place to relax and get a great view of the city. An amazing place, and it’s free!
Written January 3, 2022
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solo_negro
74 contributions
Nov 2019
This museum should not be missed when in Puebla. The collection spans the time of the earliest natives in Meso-America right up until contemporary Mexico. The first floor is taken up with artifacts from the earliest settlers in Meso-America. These first floor exhibit rooms exhaustively examines all aspects of early indigenous people in the area: clothing, gods, precious metals, music, and everyday life. The floor above are taken over by traditional contemporary art exhibits. The contemporary exhibits are not so good but the exhibit on African Mexicans should not be missed. This exhibit tries to display the African diaspora in Mexico through photographs, poetry, and dance. It succeeds in this endeavor to great effect.
Written January 31, 2020
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Leslie W
Poughkeepsie, NY796 contributions
Jan 2020
This centrally located museum is worth a stop. Its prehispanic collections are nicely displayed, with a wonderfully informative timeline that allows the visitor to place the various civilizations in perspective with one another. There’s also a neat map of native Mesoamerican peoples. The museum also includes the Espinosa house, with several rooms preserved as they were in the late nineteenth-early twentieth century. Lovely and low-key experience.
Written January 28, 2020
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LimaLarry
Sebastopol, CA61 contributions
Feb 2020
As you begin your visit of the archeologial collections (there are also collections of ecclesiastical art, of the viceroyalty, and of contemporary art) you are faced with a photographic timeline showing five regions of the world and significant developments taking place in each. It is a great way to orient you to the Mexican culture and the fine objects on display. The museum consists of two old buildings, one of which is just a shell for a very modern structure of galleries with a rooftop cafe. Interactive displays for children, and good use of technology make a visit to this museum one of the highlights of Puebla.
Written February 10, 2020
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Retired6812
Stillwater, MN230 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
This museum is a wonderful modern space within a historic building. Monday was free admission and there are staff in every room to inform you where to go next. We watched a great video of a woman walking through Ecuador before going through the various permanent exhibits. Every section had English explanations, except for the pre-historic. It’s a great trip through the historic and the very modern. We spent 3 hours there. Unfortunately the roof top cafe was closed by the time we wanted lunch.
Written February 24, 2020
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Alastair G
Servion, Switzerland23 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
A great mix of old and new, plus a wonderful rooftop bar. I was especially impressed by the use of parallel time lines to compare historical advances across the continents, it really helped to give a clearer concept of how our home countries compared. Well worth a visit.
Written March 9, 2020
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Marshall G
1 contribution
Apr 2021 • Couples
First of all, the museum is open! Some limitations on occupancy but not really a big deal. A great museum. Terrific pre-Colombian works and smaller but still interesting collection of Spanish colonial work. A gem.
Written April 8, 2021
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Evie
Belgium515 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
We went there on a Sunday afternoon which offers free entry to all visitors. The museum is well organized, well kept and modern with lots of different things to see. It would have been better if there are more English descriptions on the wall, some part of the collection have English descriptions and some not. They also have audio/visual film which you could sit down and watch to learn about the history.

Remember to go up to the rooftop to have some snacks and drinks so that you can have a nice view of zocalo de puebla from the rooftop. Overall good museum and is free on Sunday so it’s extra awesome.
Written April 29, 2019
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  • Sun - Mon 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wed - Fri 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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