Worth a visit whether you only walk through to see the antiquities exhibits or spend several hours to visit all the displays and listen to the audiotape. Both the museum entrance fee and audio rental are good for the whole day so you can take a break and come back.
Signs are only in Spanish so audio tape is highly recommended for English speakers. The audio tape provides so much background and contextual information, I would recommend it to all. We went primarily to see the pieces from ancient cultures. However, topics that seemed minor on the index to the museum/tape held interesting facts about the impacts of warring communities, adapting religions, imported plants, etc on indigenous communities and their traditions. The museum displays together with the audio commentary were an excellent overview of the Oaxacan culture and forces that made and continue to change it.
Museum is closed Mondays. the museum shop can be visited without paying the entrance fee. Jan. 2013 entrance fee was 57 pesos, audiotape 40 pesos.
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