National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia)
- Type: Museums
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Located within the famous Chapultepec Forest, the Museo Nacional de Antropología (National Museum of Anthropology) holds artifacts from Mexico's pre-Columbian epochs, including the famous Piedra del Sol, the famous Aztec Calendar Stone, as well as the famed 16th-century statue of Xochipilli, the Aztec god of art, games, beauty, dance, and maize (among others).
The museum is fairly extensive, with many travelers claiming that you can spend several hours, or even a day, exploring the exhibitions. One TripAdvisor traveler says that their family spent seven hours in the museum without getting bored. The same reviewer also offers a recommendation: "The Mexica Sala (at the far end of the u-shaped museum, farthest from the entrance) is the best of all the exhibits, so try to save it for last if you can."
Another TripAdvisor traveler says that they museum's artifacts are difficult to follow and hard to appreciate if you are not well-versed in Mexican history: "We all agreed that after a while, it was just fatiguing and we moved rapidly through the halls looking for the few hot spots, and then went to the Mayan exhibit."
The museum is open every day but Monday for a small fee.