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“If you are in Xalapa don't miss this museum”

Anthropology Museum
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Xalapa and Coatepec Day Trip from Veracruz...
Ranked #1 of 35 things to do in Xalapa
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Owner description: This top-notch anthropology museum displays the diversity of Mexican cultures.
Reviewed 8 December 2010

This truly is a magnificent museum. It's devoted to the artifacts found from the ancient indigenous people from this area of Mexico. I have read that only the anthropology museum in Mexico City is better. Of course, the gigantic Olmec heads are the prize of the museum, including one right in the large entry area, but there is much more to see.
First, how to get there. Assuming you are downtown just find a bus stop on Enriquez (on the Cathedral side of the street) which is the main drag that goes through the center of town or along its extension since the name changes to Camacho a block after passing the Cathedral. Catch a bus that says Tesoreria. You will go through a nice part of town and pass the new theatre and reach the museum after going about four KMs.
The museum is hard to miss since it is a very large modern building with gardens and woods next to it. You do pay about 50 pesos to get in. Somehow, despite being in our 60s, the guard sold us half price student tickets. Hmmm?
The museum is divided into several very large rooms and arranged all in a row so that you have to walk through all of them. As you walk through the museum it is arranged chronologically and the first rooms you are in deal with the Olmecs. The heads are terrific to see and stand next to. Another extra feature in some of the rooms is the vegetation which gives you a feeling of being outside. Although the language used in the museum is obviously Spanish there are laminated descriptive sheets in each room in English too. Some of the rooms have open doors to the outside garden area. After walking the entire length of the museum and seeing themost recent artifacts you will find a bathroom and then you can either walk back through all the rooms again or step outside and walk back on a walkway next to the building or walk through the garden area. Much of the flowering parts of the garden are right next to the walkway.
Once back in the main entry area you will find a nice shop with books, postcards, CDs, and more and a very small cafe as well. There was also a room with modern art whjich we assumed was a temporary collection. The bus stop is right next to where you got off the bus to get there although the one we caught took us back on a slightly different route.

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Reviewed 12 October 2010

The second largest anthropology museum in Mexico, and one of the most impressive when you see “the big heads”, belonged to olmec culture.
Xalapa (capital of Veracruz state ) is a beautiful colonial city, surrounded by amazing mountains, and rivers.
Peaceful, good people, good prices, good food, and a lot of cultural activities.
Really worth stay 3 night at least.

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Reviewed 25 September 2010

We have been to the anthropology museum twice and absolutely love it! Its well planned and organized, and the sculptures and findings in that museum are absolutely gorgeous! I especially like the jungle rooms where they keep some of the stuff, makes it feel more like the way it used to be and less like a museum. Beautiful building, and very agreeable price as we are students and payed 25 pesos to get in. My favourite museum so far, could absolutely see myself just storlling around and reading all the interesting facts and checking out all the history that that museum contains. Very much worth a visit!

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Reviewed 29 July 2009

My wife and I love archaeology and meso-American culture, so we were surprized how little publicized the Museo de Antropologia de Xalapa is. In years of reading and visiting Mexico it practically took a dig through literature to learn of the existence of this museum. Even now, MAX has had no reviews here or at a number of other savvy sites.

Having heard of MAX through an article about the city of Xalapa, we made it the focus of
a recent visit to Mexico, where we wound up at Veracruz because it is more convenient city to reach, more accommodating with vacation hotels on the coast, and more varied due to its size and economy. (Also, that city offered wonderful access to El Tajin and other intriguing sites.)

We scheduled a trip the Xalapa with the museum as our primary target and thought a day would do. We had severely underestimated.

Even though the building was undergoing a redesign of most of its exhibit rooms, and with more than half the artifacts unavailable to view, we still had to hurry and often only glimpsing rather than examining individual objects to save tiime in order to see those that were on view.

There was a preponderance of Olmec, Huastec, Zapotec and so called Veracruz work as well as Aztec artifacts. All this is based on the items visible in the corridors and patio rooms. The main halls, as noted, were not accessible.

For casual viewers, there are delightful alcoves with statuary, flowers and places to have a seat. And there are lovely grounds around the museum where children with even shorter attention spans can play.

Topping everything off, the gift shop had some wonderful clothing, magnets, toys, jewelery and a wide variety of books and music.

It's a dazzling place to visit, but avoid our mistake if you can and schedule an overnight stay so you can devote most of the day to MAX and have ample time left to see the rest of the town.

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