One of the destinations that you cannot miss on your visit to México City is the National Museum of Anthropology (MNA), an architectural jewel representative of mexican culture since pre-Hispanic times. Through its 22 permanent exhibition rooms, two temporary exhibition rooms and three auditoriums, you will be transported to a past that will dazzle you.
The National Museum of Anthropology was inaugurated on September 17 of 1964 by former president Adolfo López Mateos, who gave the order to build a museum space to display the archaeological legacy of the pre-Hispanic people of Mesoamerica. 56 years after its inauguration, the MNA is one of the most important museums in Mexico and America.
Located on the margins of the Bosque de Chapultepec, the MNA has a total area of almost eight hectares of which 45 thousand meters correspond to the facilities, 30 thousand to the exhibition areas and the rest to restoration and conservation workshops, dioramas montages, academic area, the National Library of Anthropology, where in addition to books there are prehispanic codices, photographs, maps of all ages and more. For this reason, it is one of the largest museums in the world (it is ranked eight) and the most emblematic in Latin America.
The architecture of the museum is part of its magic, since it was built inspired by the memorable pre-Hispanic temples with buildings that denote a strong influence of the Mayan culture: in the museum esplanade the proportion and volumetric texture is similar to the Cuadrángulo de las Monjas de Uxmal. There is a pond whose water mirror is linked to the Mexica room through a white marble platform, at the top of which the four elements are represented: water, earth, wind and fire.
This is an allusion to Mexico-Tenochtitlan that was founded in the middle of Lake Texcoco. The Mexica room keeps the most important collection of the Aztec culture, one of the most influential Mesoamerican civilizations in pre-Columbian times; here we can see pieces such as Piedra del Sol, Coatlicue, Coyolxauhqui, among other beautiful old pieces.
The thematic halls of the MNA are:
- Introduction to Anthropology
- Population of America
- Preclassic Central Highlands
- The Toltecs and their time
- Oaxaca Cultures
- Gulf Coast Cultures
- West Cultures
- Northern Cultures
In the National Museum of Anthropology you will enjoy history with all your senses, and in such an interesting way that you can take your whole family, partner or even go alone if you travel to CDMX on a business trip and take a break to know one of the most emblematic places.
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