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“A superb example of how a museum should be” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Anthropology Museum

Anthropology Museum
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Xalapa and Coatepec Day Trip from Veracruz Including Anthropology and Coffee...
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Owner description: This top-notch anthropology museum displays the diversity of Mexican cultures.
Xalapa
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“A superb example of how a museum should be”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2012

The cost of admission is very low (50 pesos) despite the quantity and quality of the remarkable ancient artefacts housed in this museum which in turn is set within a large and very pleasant garden. There are usually very few people there, allowing you time to really admire the artefacts. There is logic as to how the exhibits are displayed, essentially you are taking a walk through time. The exhibits are all well labelled with brief details, but are all in Spanish (however English audio guides are available at reception), which severely tested my limited vocabulary!
It is spacious, clean, tidy and well lit. Staff are friendly and helpful.
There is a gift shop and a coffee shop upstairs for refreshments.

The only potential drawback, is that once again, as with many places in México, parking is at a premium, but taxis are relatively inexpensive here and would perhaps be a better option to take. All in all, this is a must see while in Xalapa. If it's good enough for Prince Charles to visit then it is good enough for me!
(see http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/1860506.stm)

Visited April 2012
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Exceelent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

Excellent!!! This museum has so many items. It concetrates on the Olmec culture and it is comprehansive. it is very well orginized and the display are so interesting. It is recommended to take the audio guide. If you are in Xalapa it is a must.

Visited September 2012
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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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133 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“A must see”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2012

The museum is a must-go because of the incredible Olmec 'heads' and other pre-Columbian sculpture work on display. It offers pieces you'll see nearly nowhere else. The museum is well build but could do with a refurbishment, then again, it never as crowded as the Museum de Antropologia in Mexico-City. A must see!

Visited September 2011
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London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Very Interesting, loads to see and take in”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2012

There is so much to see in this museum, so if you're interested in Mexican history, it's an absolute must! They keep it varied too by having large reproductions in the grounds of temples, and inside they even a huge section of how the pyramids of Teotihuacan would have looked like when painted.

There are also a lot of artefacts, and it spans across a huge amount of history. They break it up into sections so if you're more keen to see certain eras you can go there first.

The only problem is that everything's in Spanish, so it's better to either know a bit of Spanish (or have someone with you who does), or be content with just looking.

Also, for the most part it's wheelchair friendly, and the person in a wheelchair can go in for free.

Visited April 2012
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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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133 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“A not-too missed treat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2012

The museum is a must-go because of the incredible Olmec 'heads' and other pre-Columbian sculpture work on display. It offers pieces you'll see nearly nowhere else. The museum is well build but could do with a refurbishment, then again, it never as crowded as the Museum de Antropologia in Mexico-City. A must see!

Visited October 2011
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