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Housing one of the leading Mesoamerican collections, Museo de Antropologia de Xalapa represents the second-largest museum of its kind in Mexico. The museum showcases exhibits on three main cultures; the Olmecs, Totonacs, and Huastecs. You'll find about 27,000 artifacts within the museum--some date back to between 1,300 BCE and 900 BCE. See the giant Olmec heads or the smaller Totonac heads. View a sample of an old codex to view ancient writings. Take a guided tour through the museum or visit the large garden for a stroll and fresh air. To visit Museo de Antropologia de Xalapa and other attractions in Xalapa, use our Xalapa trip itinerary maker tool.
Museo de Antropologia de Xalapa reviews
This is one of the best museums I have visited; it is extremely well designed with museum going down a gentle slope, with gardens along the way. It has been designed in a very unique way. The... more »
If you love museums and ancient Mexican culture, this is a must visit place to you. This is a beautiful place full of hundred of diverse pieces, very well kept and protected. The most famous pieces... more »
Very good museum, so far second only to the one in Mexico City. It’s a way out of the centre of town, but a taxi shouldn’t cost more than 50peso. Signage isn’t in English, but audio guides are available for 50peso - you leave ID as security as well and collect at the end of your visit. We spent at least 4hours to discover everything in detail, but a visit can be managed in a lot less time for a casual interest. The big draw is of course the Olmec heads, but the whole museum is interesting with statuary, artefacts and murals. There is a small cafe upstairs as well.
This museum is truly a must see in your visit to Xalapa, let alone Mexico. The adult fee is 55 pesos ($2.86). I recommend to get an audio guide, and use the self pave option. There are pieces from 4 different cultures, covering a span of almost 2000 years. The level of detail is outstanding, and the scope of each piece is breathtaking. It will take you around 2 hours to walk down the whole down the whole collection, but them you can sit down in the gardens and enjoy a restful time aurrounding by nature. I didn't find a cafe in the premises, and instead of a gift shop they have a bookstore. A remarkable afternoon you will not regret.
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