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Address: Lomas de San Roque, Xalapa, Mexico
Phone Number: 2288150920
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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Stephanie W
Leeds, United Kingdom
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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53 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 

Thank Alejandro R
New Mexico
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45 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 

1 Thank xochhp
Oakland, California
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27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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Houston, Texas
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53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

If you do nothing else in Xalapa, plan to spend a couple of hours at this museum. This museum lays out the Gulf Coast history of Mexico from the founding of the first cities by the Olmec up to the Conquest of the region by the Spanish. There are many artifacts that date back as far as 1000 BCE. You... More 

1 Thank drb622013
Portland, Oregon
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

It is laid out well, has good explanations (in Spanish), and a small area with an art exhibit. The flowers and landscaping are good enough that I took pictures outside as well as in the museum.

Thank 88bmr

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