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National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropología) is in Chapultepec Park off Calz. Mahatma Gandhi, facing the n. side of Paseo de la Reforma (M: Chapultepec, line 1 or Auditorio, line 7). A must-see stop for any Mexico City visitor, this is one of the world's finest museums.

The halls (salas) devoted to Mexico's early civilizations exhibit every conceivable type of artifact, including temple reconstructions, stone carvings, sculptures, ceramics, antique furniture, jewelry, masks, decorative objects, and arts and crafts. Dramatic lighting accentuates the remarkable artistry of the larger sculptures. Upstairs exhibit areas focus on the country's Indian cultures, showcasing musical instruments, traditional costumes and giant papier-mâché dolls.

Guided tour tickets can be purchased in the main entrance hall, which also has a bookstore selling English-language museum guides and a theater where a 20-minute orientation film is shown. Most exhibit labeling is in Spanish; newer exhibits also include an English translation. The museum is very crowded on Sundays, when admission is free to Mexican nationals.

English language audio guides are available. Wheelchairs are available. Flash photography and tripods not permitted.

Guided tours are available. Food is available.

Admission
70 pesos (about $3.50 U.S.). Audio guide 75 pesos. The fee to use a personal video camera is 45 pesos.
Parking
20 pesos per hour.
Hours
Tues.-Sun. 9-7. One-hour guided tours are given Tues.-Sat. at 10:30, noon, 3 and 5; stop at the information desk near the main entrance &#160. Allow 3 hours minimum.
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