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...museum of its kind in all the America's, Mexico's Museo de Antropologia e Historia is simply stunning. First there's the building itself - the huge stone roof supported by a single slim pillar is an architectural tour de force - but the real glory is the the magnificent collection contained within. All pre-Hispanic Mexico is here. Pre-classical and Teotihuacan. Olmec, Toltec, Zapotec,and Mixtec,. Mexica and Maya. Your eye will be dazzled and your head left reeling with all you will see and read as you make your way through the museum.

So, what to do to make the best of it? This is always the dilemma, especially when you know you may never return to a place. If you've come with some background knowledge and understanding of pre-Colombian Meso-American history, you won't find it so bewildering but we don't always come so prepared, do we? You could choose to go for an overall impression - a guide would be useful - most of the signage is in Spanish. There are free tours in Spanish, those in English, French and German come at a small fee. You can also hire English language audio-guides. Another option might be to have a general look through and then focus on a particular area or three. You certainly should spend time in the galleries that relate to the cultures that made this particular region their home - the Teotihuacan and the Aztec - you're on their turf after all. You might want to look at the galleries about other places you are going to in Mexico - or you might prefer to leave those to local museums and look at what you will not be seeing elsewhere on your travels. Whatever way you approach it, you'll be left wanting more time ... and a good foot rub. The restaurant makes a good place to take a break along the way. You'll need it

Sadly, the fabulous feathered head-dress in the Mexica gallery is a reproduction. The original, worn by Moctezuma and given to Cortes, is in Vienna. There are currently strong moves being made to see it returned to Mexico.

Address: Bosque de Chapultepec
Directions: Closed Mondays.
Open 9-7 Tuesday-Saturday, 10-6 Sunday and holidays
Entry is free on Sundays but the museum gets very crowded
Charge for cameras, no flash allowed

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  • Updated Mar 11, 2006
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