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Rufino Tamayo Museum of Pre-Hispanic Art

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Address: Av. Morelos 503, Oaxaca, Mexico
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This museum contains a varied collection of pre-Columbian art donated by...

This museum contains a varied collection of pre-Columbian art donated by Rufino Tamayo, one of Mexico's most famous modern artists.

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Thank God for Tamayo's generosity

This lovely building just a few blocks from the Zocalo in Central Oaxaca houses the gift of the Tamayo collection of pre-Hispanic sculpture in dazzling display. OMG that's all I... read more

Reviewed 17 February 2016
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Reviewed 17 February 2016 via mobile

This lovely building just a few blocks from the Zocalo in Central Oaxaca houses the gift of the Tamayo collection of pre-Hispanic sculpture in dazzling display. OMG that's all I kept mumbling as I walked through the galleries. A must see.

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Ithaca NY
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Reviewed 14 February 2016 via mobile

To look at these pre Colombian pottery and stone artifacts as art. The museum is very well organized and demonstrates the increasing sophistication and craftsmanship of the makers. Labels are mostly in Spanish.

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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 12 February 2016

This is a manageable collection of native Mexican artifacts from a private collection. The pieces are showcased in exhibition rooms with dramatic color and lighting to emphasize their artistry rather than provide encyclopedic historical details.

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Reviewed 12 February 2016

This is my favorite museum in Oaxaca. If you enjoy prehispanic scupture and ceramics, this is the place to go. Also my 3rd time there.

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New preston CT
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Reviewed 11 February 2016

This is a gem of a museum.Tamayo Put together artifacts point of artistic appreciation and has done an outstanding job. It's wonderful to see these items lit properly and displayed properly which is very rare in many of these small museums. Not to miss.

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Nanaimo, Canada
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Reviewed 10 February 2016

This is a wonderful museum or essentially art gallery of pre-hispanic art which is also open Mondays(highly unusual in Mexico). The collection is large, very diverse, and displayed well. Rooms were each painted a different color and then laminated sheets describing each artifact were available for each room. These sheets were available in multiple languages. I enjoyed being able to... More 

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Reviewed 7 February 2016

Get ready to see a great collection of pre-Columbian artifacts collected by the artist Tamayo (and organized by him-that's important because they are objects to be appreciated as an artist would). Look for the one clay piece that looks like Bill Clinton. I am still wierded out by it. Number 2 on my list of to dos (1 was Monte... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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Reviewed 4 February 2016

Well lit displays of Tamayo's collections of artifacts from the region, grouped by theme. Building is elegant as well. A good overview of pre-Hispanic ceramics, collected partially to protect them from being looted or exported.

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Reviewed 29 January 2016

An amazing collection of figures and artifacts, beautifully displayed and lit. And they actually let you take non-flash photos, which is a bonus.

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Reviewed 28 January 2016

You think of Rivera and Anahuacalli when you arrive here, and we must thank these great artists for collecting and preserving such incredible amount of beautiful, sometimes naif, pieces of art which explain the history and the traditions of the Mexican people. Absolutely overwhelming (although the museum is not huge) in its variation of cultures and techniques, this is one... More 

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