Mexico City’s breathtaking Museo Nacional de Antropologia

Mexico City’s Museo Nacional de Antropologia is the most enthralling museum The Rapid Traveler has visited since being captivated as a boy by the blue whale at the American Museum of Natural History. The architecture is modern and the exhibits truly curated: exquisite pieces carefully chosen and artfully displayed. Though the full scope of Mexico’s history is displayed among the ground floor halls, each is a digestible portrait of the best of that period or culture. Museums like the Louvre are overwhelming, with every inch of wall covered by paintings, difficult for the casual visitor to appreciate. But here it feels as if each piece has a purpose and a place, and only the cream is on display. With only one hour before closing, The Rapid Traveler had to make quick work but still the considered design made even that short hour rewarding. The second floor features on traditional lifestyles of cultures throughout Mexico, and those too are selective and occasionally eye-popping. Only disappointment is the relatively limited English. Do not skip it.

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Courtyard

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Tomb in the park

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“I come in peace”

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"Ol-mec, not Az-tec" (The Simpsons reference)

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Exhibition hall

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Those eyes look like poached eggs

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Guard dog

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Mer-Man

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Skeletor

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Creepy

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