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  • 70 pesos (about $4) for adults and kids
  • Tues-Sun 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

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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 era, dating from about 100 B.C. to A.D. 1521. The facility houses artifacts, including the famous Piedra del Sol and the iconic 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 offers a look at how tradition, culture and life were formed in all regions of Mexico. 

The museum is so extensive that many travelers claim you can spend a whole day exploring the many collections and exhibits. As one of the largest and most visited museums in Mexico, the grounds are also home to a gift shop, a cafeteria, a locker room and the National Library of Anthropology and History. 

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday (closed on Mondays) from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is 70 pesos (around $4). To avoid crowds, you may want to skip visiting on Sundays when Mexican residents receive free admission. For more information and the museum and its exhibits, visit the website

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