Mexico’s National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) is a good place to spend a few hours, even if you aren’t a history buff. Between the interesting architecture of the actual building, the fantastic sculptures on the outside, and the impressive exhibits inside, I have to rate this as an A+ museum. The most famous exhibit inside is without a doubt the Piedra del Sol, or the Aztec stone calendar unearthed in the Zocalo while doing repairs on the Cathedral. It was fascinatingly large, much larger than I expected.
Some years ago, the facades of Aztec temples were rebuilt or transferred to the museums gardens. We wandered into the garden only to find ourselves in a bit of a jungle-like Aztec temple dream land. Several facades and even full buildings hidden along a gravel path gave us somewhat of an “authentic” jungle explorer feeling.
IF YOU GO: Mexico’s National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City hosts a number of cultural events and activities, which are worthwhile if you can time your visit properly. We caught the ritual ceremony of the Voladores, where men climb to the top of a pole and hang off the top as the pole spins, gently unwinding them down to the ground. Note that the museum is closed on Mondays, and check the hours before you plan your trip. Read more about our travels in Mexico City.