Give yourself ample time to see this world class museum. It is chock full of exhibits, organized in rooms according to the various early inhabitants of what is now Mexico. Outside of each room are reconstructions of monuments and buildings that represent each culture.
We were shown around by a guide, which is recommended, since the museum would otherwise be overwhelming to first time visitors. Our guide had a plan of attack, which included which rooms to visit early before the crowds thickened, and which areas to emphasize. Even so, we spent some four hours there, and felt we had more to see.
The actual building is beautifully designed, with a symbolic column adding focus to the immense courtyard, and rooms leading into more rooms of fascinating artifacts uncovered by archeologists. Occasionally, we descended into recreations of graves to see the death practices of Aztecs or Mayans.
Clearly the intent of the National Museum of Anthropology is to celebrate Mexico's aboriginal people. Well done!!
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