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by Ian Marshall (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer and yogi living in Tepoztlan, Mexico where I'm running with my girlfriend. You can keep up with my other writing on or
Published September 13th 2015
Amazing collection of artefacts
Mexico City, known as the DF or District Federal by locals, is a sprawling metropolis, huge in scale and overwhelming in its diversity.

The history of the Republica Mexicana takes in many cultures from the pre-hispanic days, all with their own unique ways of viewing the world and with numerous points of crossover. We may not know everything about these ancient cultures, but there are enough relics and ruins around the country for us to at least begin to piece together some stories.

Museo de Anthropologia, Mexico City, DF, artefacts, chapultepec, maya
Entrance waterfall

In Chapultepec Park, close to the centre of Mexico City, sits The Museo de Anthropologia or Museum of Anthropology.

Museo de Anthropologia, Mexico City, DF, artefacts, chapultepec, maya

The museum is set in a horseshoe shape around a central courtyard with the water feature you see here as part of the entryway. This is an impressive structure containing an umbrella like roof suspended upon this single pillar.

On the lower floor we are taken through different periods in Mexican history, mostly through artefacts that have been recovered and on the upper floor, there is more of a focus on people with dioramas and examples of clothing worn.

A lot of the exhibits come from archaeological digs that have been carried out at some of the numerous pyramid sites around the country.

Downstairs focuses on "pre-Colombian" civilisations from the Olmecs of the Tabasco jungles to the wide ranging Mayan civilisation.

There are rooms dedicated to Palenque and other pyramids such as the mighty Tenochtitlan, which is just outside of the city. One of the highlights is the colourfully decorated plumed serpent pyramid, a recreation here allows you to venture "inside" to see some remains which were found as a burial ground.

Museo de Anthropologia, Mexico City, DF, artefacts, chapultepec, maya
Dem Bones

There is a little cafe downstairs and if you are attempting to get around the whole place in one day, it is almost essential to break here for a reviving coffee. To be honest, I think the recommendation would be to stick to a section and really do it justice, but if you're only in town for a brief stay, it is difficult to stick to such a plan, particularly for me since I want to be able to see everything!

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Why? Amazing collection of antiquities
When: All day
Where: Mexico City
Cost: 64 pesos
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