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Cultural Museum, Oaxaca de Juárez: 9 reviews and 28 photos

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  • Oaxaca's multi-faceted history - Oaxaca de Juárez
  • Oaxaca's multi-faceted history - Oaxaca de Juárez

I've waxed lyrical about the building that houses the Museo Regional de Oaxaca, the exhibits in the museum itself are no less impressive.

After the army left the building in 1992 and it was handed over to the city, an orgy of restoration began which saw the museum opening in 1998. The complex is huge however and the museum is only part of it. This is the city's Cultural Centre - other sections are given over to a magnificent library and textile collection, an art gallery, concerts are held here and so on. Outside, the gardens and orchards have been replanted to create a botanical garden of indigenous plants that have provided food, medicine, perfume, and fibres to the region for millenia.

The museum's galleries house a wonderful collection of pre-Hispanic and colonial period treasures, the most important of which must be the fabulous contents of a Mixtec tomb from Monte Alban, but there is much more and a couple of hours spent here will give you a good overview of the history of Oaxaca. Signage is only in Spanish.

I found the dim lighting very atmospheric, keen photographers may not be so happy. Videocams and flash photography are forbidden, tripods attract a usage fee.

Access to the Botanical Garden is restricted to guided tours at 1pm and 6pm, enquire and sign up at the front desk. Admission is free, though 'donations' are required.

Address: Ex-Convento de Santo Domingo - Calle Alcala
Directions: Open Tuesday - Friday 10 am-8pm, Saturday and Sunday - 10am-5pm. Closed Mondays
Admission free on Sundays and holidays

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 25, 2006
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