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The National Anthropology Museum of Mexico

Mexico City is the home of the National Anthropology Museum of Mexico and has been gaining a lot of popularity as a tourist destination. You definitely do not want to miss this massive museum on your next trip.

Defining ‘Anthropology’

The word ‘anthropology’ has recently become synonymous with an uber-trendy retail chain. I am fully confident that if you’re reading this you know the difference between the two. However, allow me to give you Merriam-Webster’s definition as a refresher.

An·thro·pol·o·gy: the science of human beings; especially: the study of human beings and their ancestors through time and space and in relation to physical character, environmental and social relations, and culture

As you can see, this post is not about a store that sells super cute but overpriced candles (#sponsormeplease.) It is about The National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City, or if you want to bust out your Spanish chops, El Museo Nacional De Antropologia.

The Largest Museum in Mexico

This is the largest museum and attracts more visitors than any other museum in the country. It is located in the Bosque de Chapultepec, a large public park in the middle of Mexico City. The museum covers nearly 20 acres of land. In addition to its sprawling gardens, there are 23 exhibition rooms. The exhibitions contain artifacts and recreations from the ancient Maya, Aztec, Olmec, and Toltec civilizations.

I suggest spending a whole day exploring the grounds. You can also sign up for a guided tour, which is great for really understanding the history and culture. Also, one thing you absolutely cannot miss is the Sun Stone, commonly known as the Aztec Calendar Stone. This monolithic sculpture is believed to be more than 5,000 years old and is the most famous work of Aztec art.

I highly recommend a visit to El Museo Nacional de Antropología if you like examining ancient societies. It has a way of reminding us that we are a small blip on this massively large scale of human existence.

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