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“Amazing must see museum”

Anthropology Museum
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Xalapa and Coatepec Day Trip from Veracruz...
Ranked #1 of 36 things to do in Xalapa
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Owner description: This top-notch anthropology museum displays the diversity of Mexican cultures.
Reviewed November 16, 2016

This is an amazing museum. I like it better than the world renown Natural History Museum in Mexico City. The many many antiquities in the museum are wonderfully arranged so that as you walk on the marble floors you can easily see the many special pieces that go back thousands of years. The Olmec heads are definitely a highlight. They have audio tapes that you can rent to explain many of the pieces. It is truly a must see museum.

Thank mdklein41
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Reviewed October 6, 2016 via mobile

Better than I expected even after I read the reviews. The building itself is worth the visit. The way the buildings descends down the slope in steps is impressive as are the secluded gardens to the side. The contents are amazing and to think they are from the nearby area and mostly so well preserved. On the downside the English audio was very difficult to understand at times. Why go to so much trouble to set up an audio guide and then have a poor speaker. The other thing to watch is the drops in the floor level which are about 70 cm and unprotected.

Thank gemido
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Reviewed September 21, 2016 via mobile

We didn't expect much from an athropology museum in what is a pretty small city BUT we were blown away and spent hours there. We paid MX $25 each entry (student prices - they accept UK student cards) and paid an additional MX $50 for an audioguide which turned out to be essential as our Spanish sucks.
There was so much to see and learn about and some really impressive exhibits (you can't miss the colossal heads!) That are from thousands of years ago. Also, the gardens are really well maintained which makes the little walk back up the slope really enjoyable.

My only tiny critism is of the audioguide which was a little hard to understand as it used Spanish pronunciation of letters in English words (probably just a computer reading it out) but it seriously didn't matter because it was on an ipod type thing so you could just read it instead. Still was worth it because it also had a little map and used QR codes so you could choose which exhibit you listened/read about which was very high tech.

We walked from Xalapa Centro to the museum which took about 35 minutes mostly uphill but you pass some cheap street food vendors for lunch and get to see more of the city. We spent about 2 hours in the museum altogether at a medium-slow pace.

If you're in Xalapa, I would absolutely give this museum a go and, unless you speak okay Spanish, get an audioguide.

Thank Stephanie W
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Reviewed September 12, 2016

A world class museum with spacious display of artifacts. A nice place to retreat before venturing into the exploration of nature of Veracruz.

Thank JamilyaU
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Reviewed August 27, 2016

I was surprised by the quality and sheer volume of artifacts, but the variety was unexpected. So much, so many influences... DO NOT MISS THIS! The best museum in a long time.

Thank BigBaldBuddha
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