Monday, April 2, 2012

Photo Essay: National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropología), Mexico City

If your adrenaline junkie soul reckons museum ambling is a bore, this one might spark your interest for it could literally keep you on your toes. Spread across an area of more than seven hectares, with multiple exhibition halls, National Museum of Anthropology could easily burn your whole day. But if you intend to do a quick lap, spare a couple of hours like we did.

The museum's collection is insanely vast. So vast that we couldn't believe there are more artifacts distributed to other museums in Mexico and overseas. We left the museum awestruck, and infatuated with Mesoamérica.

Aztec Piedra del Sol or Stone Of The Sun, one of the museum's highlights.

A modest main entrance.

Model of Cueva de las Ventanas (Cave of the Windows), old Mesoamérican cliff dwellings, showcased in the Culturas Del Norte exhibit hall.

Old footwear that reminded me of the Ivatans' (natives of Batanes, Philippines) local slippers.

A mural in Sala Maya that depicts the life of Mayans.

Monolitic Olmec head found in Tabasco.

Rings for a Mesoamerican ball game aka Sports For The Suicidal. Rule: Team captain of the losing team is beheaded.

La Conquista Europea De Mexico-Tenochtitlan.

How's that for a quickie virtual tour? If you're visiting the country, start your trip here for a crash course in Mexico's cultural history. Museum is open from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Tuesday to Sunday. Admission fee is 51 Mexican pesos. To get there, simply take the metro. Nearest station is Auditorio.


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backpackingpilipinas said...
April 3, 2012 at 2:03 AM

wow! these are very interesting pieces of Mexican history. hope we have stuff like these here. :)

Bridal Cars Manila said...
April 3, 2012 at 10:27 AM

It's like a historical place in mexico !

docgelo said...
April 3, 2012 at 3:30 PM

glad to see your "little doll-angel" being extremely exposed to various interesting cultures and lifestyles. i'm sure she has developed her own appreciation of things particularly from this mexican museum and all others she experienced with you and her daddy.

luna's so blessed!
thanks for the tour inside, btw!
buti pwede magkodakan inside unlike other museums where even no-flash photography is prohibited.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
April 3, 2012 at 3:39 PM

That's what I'm hoping for Doc Gelo, for her to appreciate different cultures :) And yeah, I'm glad photography's allowed inside.

joan | the backpack chronicles said...
April 3, 2012 at 4:13 PM

I've always been fascinated with early civilizations particularly that of the Incas, Mayans and Aztecs. Isa sa mga dream ko kasi dati ang maging archeologists. And talagang pinapanood ko sila pag meron sa National Geo. Sana makapunta rin ako dyan in the future.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
April 3, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Ooooh me too Joan! I wanted to become an archaeologist when I was a kid. Tsk. I still wanna, actually.

Riz said...
April 4, 2012 at 2:11 AM

interesting mexican history! I hope to see the museum too someday! :)

dong ho said...
April 4, 2012 at 9:47 AM

wow! nakahawak na si Luna ng monolithic olmec head! im not into museums too but when i visited our National Museum... napahanga ako. i should visit more. even the ones from other country. the slippers indeed looks like the ones of the ivatans.

Mhie said...
April 4, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Wow, that's great you can take photos in museum in Mexico, here in USA some museums are not allowed to take photos.I like to visit museums.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
April 4, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Dong, I'd love to revisit National Museum!

OLAN | The Travel Teller said...
April 4, 2012 at 5:31 PM

I love Museums Gaye and this one looks really really worth visiting! :) inggit mode si OLAN! Hehehe. :)

killerfillers said...
April 4, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Astig ung Olmec head. Sa dami ng museum dito sa New York isa pa lang napuntahan ko, may bayad kasi.:/ Buti sa Washington naka-3 museum kahit pano.

Deux Cats Productions said...
April 7, 2012 at 2:48 AM

Now this is a travel blogging. I'm officially inggit! But yeah I hope to visit the museum one day. Would they allow a noisy backpacker inside? lol!

Karla said...
April 23, 2012 at 7:02 PM

I hope that I can have a chance to go to this museum. I just love history and seeing artifacts make me imagine how people lived back then. The Rings for a Mesoamerican Ball Game is a bit creepy. Can't imagine how a team leader is beheaded! o__O

the she-wolf said...
April 23, 2012 at 7:21 PM

the mesoamerican ball game blood fest would have been better than ufc if it still existed today. nice photos :)

praveen said...
May 7, 2012 at 6:58 PM

very nice post.

That was a really interesting post.


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