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The Anthropology and History Museum (INAH) is the most important museum in Mexico and one of the main exhibits in all of Latin America.
The museum holds ancient evidence of past indigenous groups that inhabited the country for hundreds of years. Moreover, it shares research on the indigenous communities that still exist today.
This is one of the must do’s in Mexico City. Now, I will share everything you need to know before your visit.
These are the costs you should consider when visiting the Anthropology and History Museum:
- Entry: $80.00 pesos
- Parking: $20 pesos the hour (You’ll spend around 3 hours = 60 pesos)
- Free Entry for: Locals, over 60 years old (Inapam), minors (13 or younger), teachers and students with school ID and people with disabilities.
The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9AM to 7PM year-round.
Mondays are the only day off, so maybe plan something else for that day.
What’s the Best way to Tour the Museum?
There are 2 ways of walking around: Guided Tour or by yourself.
If you’re visiting for the fist time, are a foreigner or are visiting from outside the city we recommend you ask for the guided tour. The reason? The museum is so big that it is hard to appreciate everything. With a guide you will see and learn about the most important parts of Mexico’s ancient culture and history.
🌎 The Best Tours for the Anthropology and History Museum 🌎
- Guided Tour to the Anthropology and History Museum CDMX (Entry + Guide)
- Anthropology Museum + Chapultepec Castle
- Anthropology Museum + City Tour of Mexico City
All 3 options are good and trustworthy; however, if you want to get the best out of your day, we recommend tour no. 2 😉
How to Get to the Anthropology and History Museum
If you’re using public transportation, the closest metro stations are the Metro Auditorio and Metro Chapultepec. Both are approximately 1 km away from the museum.
If you’re driving a car just type the address on google maps or waze and let your phone do the job.
There is parking by the museum, but be aware that it is expensive and will run out of space fast.
Where is the Anthropology and History Museum?
The address is: Av. Paseo de la Reforma y Gandhi s/n, col. Chapultepec Polanco. Del. Miguel Hidalgo. C.P. 11560, Ciudad de México, México.
The Anthropology and History Museum has 22 wings and more than 45 thousand cubic meters of construction, which makes it the biggest museum in Mexico.
Basically, it’s divided in 2 major collections: The Archeological and Ethnological collections, both with 11 wings each.
Do not get confused about which wings belong to which collection. Easy tip: the whole first floor is part of the Archeological collection and the second floor belongs to the Ethnological collection.
You should know this is one of the most famous places in Mexico and during the Summer and holiday seasons it tends to get crowded and parking might be a bit of a nightmare.
Wings on the Archeological Collection:
- America’s Settlement
- Pre-clasical Central Altiplano
- The Tolteca Community and Epiclasical
- Cultures from Oaxaca
- Cultures from the Gulf Coast
- Cultures from the Occident
- Cultures from the North
Wings from the Ethnological Collection
- Indigenous Villages
- Great Nayar
- Sierra of Puebla
- Oaxaca: Indigenous Villages from the South
- Gulf Coast: Huasteca y Totonacapan
- Mayan Villages from the Jungle
- Mayan Villages from the Mountains
- The Northeast
- The Nahuas
What to expect from the Anthropology Museum
We arrived to the museum on a Saturday morning, around 11AM, and did find parking spaces, but the lot was almost full (arrive early). One of the things I enjoy the most about Mexico are the activities that take place on the streets. I mention this because right outside the museum we found a group of purépecha dancers that was performing since the early morning. After watching for a couple minutes, we went inside the museum.
I will mention now that you will not have enough time to see it all and that is because of 2 factors: the museum is huge and the information they provide inside can be a lot to take in. This is good to consider, specially if you are visiting with kids, it may become tedious for them.
For this reason, if it is your first time we encourage you to ask for a guided tour.
Moving on, we visited the whole Archeological collection and our favorite wings were: The Mayan, America’s Settlement, Teotihuacan and Mexica. The atmosphere of these wings was great and went well with the exhibitions.
After touring the Archeological wings, we decided to finish our visit because we were worn out and hungry. Wait! There’s one last thing you have to do when you visit. When you leave the museum, look as far as you can; in the horizon you will see a lot of little street vendors and a little bit past that you will find the famous “Voladores de Papantla”; a spectacle that is unique to Mexico.
As always, I decided to share our experience so you get a better idea of what it is like to visit this place.
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