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“Incredible Displays, Enormous Amounts Archeological Finds”

National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia)
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National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City: Admission and Guide
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Owner description: Considered one of the world's most comprehensive natural history museums, this famous institution houses four square kilometers of exhibits in 23 exhibition halls.
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“Incredible Displays, Enormous Amounts Archeological Finds”
Reviewed December 2, 2013

This is a wonderful museum, with enormous amounts of information and archeological displays. Note that although there are many displays with English, there are also many that are only in Spanish!

They offer audio guides as well, which is a good option. We spent about an hour and a half and only covered the first of two levels. We went on a Saturday, which might have been a mistake as there were an enormous amount of kids. There were some school kids there as well...one group of teenage school kids were particularly bothersome. They kept approaching us asking if they could take our picture. How odd is that. We said no and couldn't figure out what kind of game they were up to. The school leaders did nothing to curtail them and we were approached multiple times.

Visited November 2013
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“A Great Museum”
Reviewed December 1, 2013

The Museo Nacional de Antropologia is in a very cool building surrounding a central courtyard with an amazing central column which supports the huge roof. The collection is gigantic! No additional fee was required to use your camera (unlike other museums in the city) and they didn't complain about my sling bag, even though there's a sign saying no backpacks.

The only gripe is the lack of English descriptions for the bulk of the placards. There is English for the bigger signs, but most lack it. Thus, an audio guide in English is highly-recommended if you want more detailed info as you make your way through the rooms.

You should allow 2-3 hours to get through it if you are the type that likes to absorb the art and history on display. The collection is enormous, so be prepared to be overwhelmed!

The cafe/restaurant is very good, but a bit pricy.

Visited November 2013
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“Best Museum in Latin America- Correctly called Museum of Archeology and Anthropology”
Reviewed December 1, 2013

Anyone ho come to Mexico to learn anything about the Aztec, Maya or other amazing Pre-Colombian cultures of Mexico and Meso America, must visit this museum. It is the best Archeological museum in all of Latin America, and the best museum as well. It is open and educational. To be able to get up close and learn about the "Aztec Calender" that was found only a couple of miles from the museum, is thrilling.

Be sure to allow lot's of time. Most people do not even make it upstairs to the less impressive Anthropology section. Be sure to walk the grounds (if the pollution allows you to) as you will be visiting sites all around Mexico without having to get on another plane. I would suggest spending a few months in Mexico to visit the amazing sites all around the country. The Templo Mayor downtown and Teotihuacan do not require a plane and represent the capital of the Aztec, and the largest city of the Americas and one of the 6 largest in the world at its peak around 650 CE. Would you believe Teotihiacan had a population estimated at 200,000 with running water and sewers underground.

Visited December 2013
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“The Most Exceptional Museum”
Reviewed December 1, 2013

The Museum itself is totally exceptional. I could have spent at least three days here. The design, lay out and content rival the top museums of the world. What a pity that the shop is so ordinary and full of a jumble of the lowest grade of tourist souvenirs. Even the books there are not what a discerning, arts leaning visitor would appreciate, and there were not even any English books on the Museum itself which I had to look for and found elsewhere in Mexico City.
The restaurant too I found to be not up to the same high standards of the Museum both in the menu, and the very boring decor. I did find the staff to be efficient and helpful however.

Visited October 2013
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“Simply amazing”
Reviewed November 30, 2013

I rate this one of the best museums on the planet. World-class by all standards. If you are in Mexico City, this is simply a MUST on your itinerary.

Visited August 2013
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