Photo Walk Nº36 – Anthropology Museum

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For Photo Walk Nº36, we visited the Museo Nacional de Antropología, the largest and most visited museum in Mexico specializing in pre-Hispanic history and indigenous groups, and one of the best anthropology museums in the world. It is housed in a stunning building designed by Pedro Ramirez Vazquez (the Mexican architect who also designed the New Basilica) and built in 1964.

Covering 80,000 square meters, it has 23 halls and over 600,000 exhibits and 3 hours was only long enough to get a general feel of the museum and learn about a few of its most important pieces. We focused on getting some great photos of the building itself and the “paraguas” (umbrella) which is the single pillar holding up the massive concrete roof over the patio, acting like a vertical fountain. With so many shiny floors and walls and colorful displays, we got a good selection of images with reflections as well as the main exhibits including the Aztec calendar stone, the giant Olmec heads, one of the atlantes from Tula and a replica of a Mayan tomb. Our route took us through the Teotihuacán period, the Mexicas (Aztecs), the Mayas and some of the indigenous groups.

This walk served as an introduction for those who hadn’t visited the museum before and I’m sure some of the participants will be heading down there again to see more of this excellent museum.

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