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Address: Lomas de San Roque, Xalapa, Mexico
Phone Number: +52 228 815 0920
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Amazing must see museum

This is an amazing museum. I like it better than the world renown Natural History Museum in Mexico City. The many many antiquities in the museum are wonderfully arranged so that... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an amazing museum. I like it better than the world renown Natural History Museum in Mexico City. The many many antiquities in the museum are wonderfully arranged so that as you walk on the marble floors you can easily see the many special pieces that go back thousands of years. The Olmec heads are definitely a highlight. They... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016 via mobile

Better than I expected even after I read the reviews. The building itself is worth the visit. The way the buildings descends down the slope in steps is impressive as are the secluded gardens to the side. The contents are amazing and to think they are from the nearby area and mostly so well preserved. On the downside the English... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016 via mobile

We didn't expect much from an athropology museum in what is a pretty small city BUT we were blown away and spent hours there. We paid MX $25 each entry (student prices - they accept UK student cards) and paid an additional MX $50 for an audioguide which turned out to be essential as our Spanish sucks. There was so... More 

Thank Stephanie W
Fremont, California
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

A world class museum with spacious display of artifacts. A nice place to retreat before venturing into the exploration of nature of Veracruz.

Thank JamilyaU
Puerto Escondido, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

I was surprised by the quality and sheer volume of artifacts, but the variety was unexpected. So much, so many influences... DO NOT MISS THIS! The best museum in a long time.

Thank BigBaldBuddha
Xalapa, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

A full Museum of excellent pieces, clear explications, illustrative, wide gardens, a marvelous place... A History Palace!

Thank AgustinNahum
Xalapa, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

The museum houses the largest collection of artifacts from Mexican Gulf Coast cultures such as the Olmec, the Huastec and the Totonac with more than 25,000 pieces. The most notable pieces in the museum are the giant Olmec heads and the smaller Totonac ones, which are called "caritas sonrientes" (little smiling faces) in Spanish. The museum also contains a 40,000-square-meter... More 

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New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2016

World class museum housing significant collection documenting pre-Hispanic culture in the region. Spent a good two hours there. Grounds are beautiful as well. Well worth seeing.

Thank SteveNM
Chapala, Mexico
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2016

This museum is a multi-tiered edifice with many artifacts predating the Castilian Conquest, by sword, gun, disease. If anthropolgy intrigues a person that one will find this place worthy to explore and observe. The only disappointment I found is the souvenir / book store is undersized. A favorite stop of ours has been the Bolo de Oro coffee houses in... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2016

We didn't have much time so we hired an English-speaking guide. He provided the context to what we were seeing so that it all made sense. At ~800 pesos or around $50, the guide is good for 20 people but still well worth it even for the 3 of us. He was very knowledgeable and answered our questions.

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