Which city in the world has more museums than any other city?
(Hint – it’s not Paris.)
It’s Mexico City.
And the grand-daddy of all the city’s museums is the world-class National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City (Museo Nacional de Antropologia).
Mexico City museums
This may come as a surprise, given all the history and culture in Europe.
But Mexico is rich in history and culture too.
Whether Mexico City does indeed have the most number of museums is irrelevant.
The fact is there’s an astounding collection of top-notch Mexico city museums – more than 150 museums!
In Mexico City, however, there are museums to suit every intellectual fancy, from shoe to cartoon museums, even a pen museum.
And one of the best things to do in Mexico City is to visit the top museum – the National Museum of Anthropology.
Highlights of the National Anthropology Museum, Mexico City
Very modern in design, the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City tells the story of Mexico’s pre-Columbian past, from before the Mayan civilization through to the Aztecs and the Spanish conquest.
Built around a courtyard, it’s huge (20 acres in size) and has 23 exhibit halls.
The most famous exhibit is the 24-ton Aztec Calendar or “Sun Stone” (almost 12 feet in diameter).
We could only allow a half-day here at the Mexico City Anthropology Museum. (There was much more we also wanted to see in Mexico City!)
So we concentrated our visit on the most significant displays – the Teotihuacan, Maya and Aztec exhibit halls.
It was particularly interesting to learn more about the difference between the Aztec and Maya civilizations.
Exhibits at this Mexico City anthropology museum
If you visit Mexico City, don’t miss the National Museum of Anthropology.
It’s one of the best museums we’ve seen.
Photos of the Mexico National Museum of Anthropology
Here are a few more photos of the cultural exhibits we saw:
Photo credits: © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase (except 1)