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“Understanding Oaxaca yesterday and today”

Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca
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Ranked #7 of 134 things to do in Oaxaca
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Reviewed February 13, 2014

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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Reviewed February 8, 2014

This is a visit well worth the time. Provides good reference for the rest of the city visit. Good investment.

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Reviewed February 8, 2014

We waited to visit, thinking it wouldn't be very interesting. To our surprise -- and chagrin, since we should have stayed much longer -- the museum is stunnng. The building alone deserves a visit. Definitely go!

Thank susan j
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Reviewed February 5, 2014

An absolute must while in Oaxaca! Adjacent to the Santo Domingo church. Don't miss Benito Juarez's desk and Porfirio Diaz's uniform. These 2 treasures are inside the museum along with other incredible items. There are treasures discovered on Mount Alban as well. I didn't rent the audio guide (40 pesos) as I had a private tour. Definitely worth your time.

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Reviewed February 2, 2014

We think it is probably an excellent exhibit, but since our Spanish is weak to nonexistent, we missed 80% of it. The rented audio tour in English gave a general overview of the issues related to various types of exhibits, but it didn't help with understanding specific artifacts. We would do it again. The cost was modest, and the structure itself was stunning.

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