Now we can indulge my anthropology/archaeological passion at this national treasure. And surprisingly, my husband was the first to suggest we re-visit the National Museum of Anthropology (which I will refer to as “Museum” herein) on a recent trip to México City. Since we had only visited the ground floor Archaeology Halls on our first visit, we had the entire upper floor of Ethnography Halls to explore. So if you are ready, please join me on this Museum excursion.
The huge and architecturally beautiful National Museum of Anthropology is located in Chapultepec (Grasshopper) Park in Mexico City and is one of the most extensive museums of its kind in the world. It contains the most significant collection of pre-Columbian Mayan objects through and including up to the period of Spanish colonization to be found anywhere. Sculptures, stelae, frescoes, and dioramas of the many pre-Columbian cultures can be viewed as though you were there in real time.
There are eleven archaeology (the study of human history and prehistory through the excavation of sites and the analysis of artifacts and other physical remains) halls on the ground level which contain an astounding collection of archaeological artifacts (originals or replicas) from the numerous ancient cultures in México including the Olmec, Mexica, Maya, Golfo, Aztec, Toltec, Zapotec, and others from the prehistoric period (30,000-2500 BC) to the Mesoamerican Postclassic Period (up to the early 16th century AD).
In conclusion, I believe I have pretty much exhausted all of my Thesaurus adjectives in my attempt to describe the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. All I can say is "GO THERE" and you will not be disappointed. And if you can't make it just yet, you can go to my photograph album below to see more images of this great museum.
The following link includes photographs from our two visits to the Museum of Anthropology:
MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY OF MEXICO CITY