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Museo Nacional De Antropología Mexico - Depicts the Rich History of Mexico

September 15, 2015

From the Church of San Bernardo Mexico, we moved on towards our next destination which is known as Museo Nacional de Antropología Mexico or commonly as National Museum of Anthropology. It serves as the national museum of the country and holds the credit for being the most visited one in this part of the world. It is located in an area formed between Mahatma Gandhi Street and Paseo de la Reforma, inside the Chapultepec Park.

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Museo Nacional De Antropología Mexico | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

We knew that the museum is made up of extremely significant anthropological and archaeological artifacts from the pre-Columbian ages of Mexico. I was really excited to explore this museum associated with anthropology, as I had hardly seen anything of this kind till date.

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Stone of the Sun | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

Some of the most popular attractions of the museum are the Aztec Xochipilli Statue from the 16th century and Aztec Calendar Stone or Stone of the Sun. The credit for the design of the museum goes to Rafael Mijares, Jorge Campuzano and Pedro Ramirez Vazquez. These three were responsible for the creation of a pleasing architecture comprised of a courtyard surrounded by exhibition halls. The courtyard comprised of a huge square shaped concrete umbrella with a single sleek pillar called el paraguas.

 

Aztec Xochipilli Statue | Image Resource : getty.edu

Another impressive thing was the presence of a big pond inside the museum. We could also spot a man-made cascade around the umbrella. We also visited the gardens surrounding the halls and found out that the museum covers an area of nearly 8 hectares and is made up of a total of 23 rooms for keeping the exhibits.

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Museo Nacional De Antropología Mexico | Image Resource : poonam-me.tumblr.com

The museum was opened by the then President Adolfo Lopez Mateos in 1964. Some of the most attractive exhibits which grabbed our attention included the giant stone heads belonging to the Olmec civilization and uncovered from the forests of Veracruz and Tabasco.

We also explored treasures belonging to the Mayan Civilization, ethnological displays of rural and contemporary Mexican life, a copy of sarcophagal lid belonging to Pacal’s tomb in Palenque. The museum also displays a model representing the layout and location of Tenochtitlan, the former capital of Aztec empire. We found that it is the same site on which the central region of Mexico City has been built.

 

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