Paseo de la Reforma y Calzada Ghandi
Colonia Polanco Chapultepec
11560 Mexico City, Mexico
tel: 5286 5195
NileGuide Expert tip:
Outside of the museum you can catch the Voladores de Papantla, they climb up a very tall pole and come back down to earth by tying a rope to their ankle and swinging around the pole. It is an incredible sight!
If you have time for only one museum during your stay in Mexico City, this is the one. It was inaugurated in 1964 and it contains two dozen individual areas each one dedicated to a particular culture that inhabited Mexico for any length of time before the arrival of the Spaniards.
The largest exhibit areas are dedicated to the Aztecs, Mayas, Toltecas and Olmecas and they all contain original artifacts and works of art that have been found during the ongoing excavations in the hundreds of live archaeological sites. Before you enter you will see a huge statue of Tlaloc, the God of rain and once inside and holding center stage the commonly known Calendar of the Sun.
There are guided tours and also pre-recorded guides that you can rent for a nominal fee. There is a restaurant and a coffee shop as well as a gift shop with plenty of books and souvenirs. It is practically impossible to see all the exhibits in one day so choose the ones that interest you the most and spend quality time there.