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National Museum of Anthropology

Spend an afternoon out of the sun and peruse ethnographic exhibits in the world's largest collection of ancient Mexican art.

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Mexico City: Anthropology Museum Guided Visit

1. Mexico City: Anthropology Museum Guided Visit

Enter the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City almost a half century after it was established, and discover why it remains the flagship enclosure safeguarding the legacy of the Mexican indigenous people. Standing as a symbol of identity and a mentor to generations seeking to dig into their cultural roots, the museum is the most popular in Mexico, attracting some 2 million visitors per year. Get insights into the various exhibits and their significance from your guide. Look at objects excavated from archaeological sites, covering vast territories in what is now modern-day Mexico. Learn about the various cultures that created them. Visit rooms where small objects, such as spear points are on display. These were used by early hunters on the continent more than 10,000 years ago. See simple clay pieces used in daily life and as symbolic articles in religious ceremonies. Admire impressive objects such as the Stone of the Sun (Aztec calendar stone). Your guide will explain the meaning of these valuable contributions to Mexico, as well as the ways historians have been challenged to re-think the development of the Mesoamerican people including Mayan, Aztec and Zapotec cultures. Enjoy some free time to explore the museum on your own after the guided tour. 

Mexico City: Chapultepec Castle and Anthropology Museum Tour

2. Mexico City: Chapultepec Castle and Anthropology Museum Tour

Explore the life of the Mexican Emperor Maximilian I of Habsburg on a tour of Chapultepec Castle, located on top of Mexico City's Chapultepec Hill, a site once sacred to the Aztecs. Venture inside the stunning monument, and discover rooms of classical European ornamentations. Stroll the halls full of light and discover stairways made of marble. Admire the sculptures and busts of historical figures, such as Emperor Cuauhtémoc and the Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés, along the way. Then depart Chapultepec Castle (also known as the "National Museum of History") and break for lunch, before going to the National Museum of Anthropology. Experience one of the most important anthropology museums in Latin America and explore rooms that detail the pre-Hispanic culture of the Maya, Toltec, and other ethnic peoples through the ages. Learn more from your bilingual guide, and benefit from the chance to chat about Mexican history.

Mexico City: Castle and Anthropology Museum Private Tour

3. Mexico City: Castle and Anthropology Museum Private Tour

Visit the Castle of Chapultepec. Witness its outstanding collection of historical artifacts, before enjoying a trip to the National Museum of Anthropology. Begin your day with pickup at the hotel in Mexico City. Hit the road with your private guide and head for the castle of Chapultepec. Built at the turn of the 19th century and set in the middle of a forest, the Castle is an architectural gem. Enjoy an interior which houses many fascinating examples of Mexican heritage. Next, set off for the National Museum of Anthropology. The museum's design itself is rightly regarded as part of Mexico's architectural and cultural identity. Once inside, discover exhibits on the archaeological legacy of the peoples of Mesoamerica, hear fascinating accounts for the Mexico's ethnic diversity, and admire its massive ceilings up to 6 meters tall.

Mexico City: Anthropology Museum Tour with Art Historian

4. Mexico City: Anthropology Museum Tour with Art Historian

Meet your art historian guide at the Anthropology Museum of Mexico City who is also a certified tourist guide. Embark on a walking tour of the main galleries as you begin to discover the incredible collections inside which cover the 3  main Mesoamerican cultures - the Teotihuacan, Mexican, and Mayan. As you begin to walk, find out why the museum was built with its specific design which resembles the architecture and religion of Mesoamerican cultures. Gain an overview of the stories, religion, mentality, and cosmologies of these historic cultures, to make the visit more comprehensible and friendly. The guide will show printed images and examples of the art form those cultures to make the explanations more accurate, clear, and enjoyable. After visiting the museum, spend some time at the gift shop. Then, head to one of the gardens in front of the museum to experience and enjoy the "Voladores de Papantla" dance. Appreciate this 2000-year-old tradition that is part of Mesoamerican culture. Listen as your guide explains what is happening during the performance. Marvel as how 4 people climb a tall pole and then throw themselves hanging from their ankles down to the ground.

Mexico City: Full-Day City Tour with Anthropology Museum

5. Mexico City: Full-Day City Tour with Anthropology Museum

Your tour begins in the Anthropology Museum, admire some of the pieces amongst the vast collection of pre-hispanic art inside of the museum. Your guide will explain pieces like the Sun Stone, also called the Aztec calendar; the Coatlicue, and several other pieces that reflected the thought, lifestyle, and religion of the different civilizations developed inside ancient Mexico. Later, head to the Historic Center of the city and walk through the "Alameda" park, the oldest urban park in the Americas. See some of the most emblematic buildings such as the Palace of Fine Arts, the Palacio Postal, the Palacio de Iturbide, the Casa de los Azulejos and Madero Street. After touring part of the historic center you will arrive at the Templo Mayor Museum, a site that houses an ancient Mexica temple. Visit the most important sites accompanied by your expert guide. Discover the ancestral monolith of Coyolxauqui, the monolith of Tlaltecuhtli, and the latest discoveries concerning the altar Huey Tzompantli, plus a visit to the windows of history located in the streets surrounding the site.

Mexico City: Anthropology Museum Tour

6. Mexico City: Anthropology Museum Tour

Join this tour and explore Mexico City with a live guide. Discover the rich history of this city, known as The City of the Gods. Start your trip with a pickup from your hotel. Sit back and enjoy the ride to the historical center of Mexico City, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage. Marvel at the countless monuments and the architectural style as you drive. Walk around the Central Plaza, and admire the Metropolitan Cathedral. Then, continue to Chapultepec Park, the second-largest city park in Latin America. Stroll around the park or enjoy a picnic by the idyllic lake if you like. Visit the National Museum of Anthropology, one of the top museums in the world. Discover a wonderful collection of art, artifacts, and history going back further than 4000 years.  Explore each section and be sure not to miss the iconic Aztec calendar stone. The museum is a must-visit when you are pretty sure it might even be the best museum you have ever visited in Mexico. After your visit, your tour will end. So jump in the car, reminisce about your day as you enjoy a ride back to your hotel. 

Private Full-Day Museums of Mexico City Tour

7. Private Full-Day Museums of Mexico City Tour

Be collected from your Mexico City hotel in the morning and start with the most important museum in Latin America, the National Museum of Anthropology, where the biggest and fullest collection of artifacts from the pre-Hispanic period of Mesoamerica founded during the archaeological excavations is exhibited  in more than 22 rooms. All the artifacts are original and divided according the tribe and the period of time. You will not only learn a lot about everyday life of Indians, who governed the lands of Latin America for many centuries, but also you will be able to imagine what that life was like.  After that, direct your steps to the colorful and original district of Mexico City called Coyoacan. When you are there it seems you have traveled to a completely different city and you are not longer in the capital. Coyoacan is a bohemian center of Mexico City, the place adored by painters,  musicians, writers, architects, who traveled here to from all the world, because of the uniqueness of Coyoacan. Here you will visit  the main square of the district surrounded by beautiful colonial buildings and take a walk along the main Coyoacan street directly to the museum of a world famous Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo.  Her museum is placed is so called Blue House where Frida lived for the longest part of her life. Nowadays, the house belongs to Frida´s great-niece and to the daughter of famous Mexican painter and Frida´s husband - Diego Rivera. All the house-ware, paintings, sketches, notes are kept there as it was when Frida was alive. Not far from Frida's museum there is another also internationally important. This a house-museum of Leon Trotsky, well-known revolutionary, who escaped soviet totalitarian regime and spent the end of his life living near Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera. 

Mexico City: Private City Tour and Anthropology Museum Visit

8. Mexico City: Private City Tour and Anthropology Museum Visit

Explore the rich culture and history of the Historic Center with a guided tour of its best attractions and monuments, then admire Mexico's pre-Columbian heritage with a visit to the National Museum of Anthropology. Your tour begins at the National Museum of Anthropology, located in the Bosque de Chapultepec, a large urban park. Explore the museum's Sala Mexica to see artifacts from the pre-Hispanic Mayan civilizations, learn about the mythology, ways of life and customs of the different regions and cultures of Mexico. See a massive basalt Aztec calendar, a reconstruction of a Mayan tomb, and a replica of Moctezuma's feathered headdress. We will visit El Zócalo, also known as the Plaza de la Constitución, it was named in honor of the Constitution of Cádiz enacted in 1812, we will see panoramically the National Palace, the seat of the Federal Executive Power of Mexico. Located to the east of the Plaza de la Constitución in the Historic Center of Mexico City, Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into the heavens of Mexico City is the seat of the Primate Archdiocese of Mexico and is located in the north side of the Plaza de la Constitución in the Historic Center of Mexico City, we will walk along Francisco I. Madero street is one of the main access roads to the Historic Center of Mexico City. The street begins from the Lázaro Cárdenas Central Axis, as a continuation of Juárez Avenue and runs from West to East, ending in the Plaza de la Constitución or Zócalo. This ceremonial center of ancient Tenochtitlan remains the heart of modern Mexico City. Admire the art nouveau style outside the Palacio de Bellas Artes, then head to the Palacio Nacional, a centuries-old building that was built on the grounds of what was once Moctezuma's residence. After walking and admiring the Historic Scepter we will go to our second stop National Museum of Anthropology is one of the most important museums in Mexico and America. It is designed to house and exhibit the archaeological legacy of the peoples of Mesoamerica, as well as to account for the current ethnic diversity of the country. The collection of the National Museum of Anthropology is made up of numerous archaeological and ethnographic pieces from all over Mexico. Some of the most emblematic pieces in the collection include the Stone of the Sun —which is the very heart of the museum—, the colossal heads of the Olmec culture, the monumental Teotihuacan sculptures dedicated to the gods of water, the tomb of Pakal, the funerary offerings from Monte Albán, the stelae from Xochicalco, as well as a Toltec Atlantean brought from Tollan-Xicocotitlan and the Tlaloc Monolith that guards the entrance to the museum.

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What people are saying about National Museum of Anthropology

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 183 reviews

Great guide, very well informed, very motivated, his route in the museum was very well thought and there were interesting details shared. There were also stories about the finding of the exhibits that were very interesting. Glad to have yaken the tour both at the anthropology and the trmplo mayor museum.

You can easily do these tours by yourself, however having a guide take you to the most prominent features and explain in detail each step of the way makes this tour worthwhile. The line to Chapeltepec castle can be quite long so skipping the line Is another advantage.

Ishla (Jaime) was attentive, knowledgeable and amazing. Thank you!! I would book through you guys again.

My wife and I had an excellent time with the tour guide and driver Veronica and Juan.

Josue was very knowledgeable and gave a good tour.