AAA Editor Notes
Amparo Museum is 3 blks. s. of the Zócalo at Calle 2 Sur #708 (at Calle 9 Oriente); street parking in the vicinity is limited. It contains one of the finest collections of pre-Hispanic art in Mexico, as well as pre-Columbian, colonial and modern works. The exhibits are housed in a two-story complex with several outdoor courtyards and fountains.
Two floors are filled with Olmec art, Nayarit clay figurines and other objects, including such whimsical pieces as a figure wearing a long conical hat and another strapped to a bed while a laughing dog peers through the framed headboard. One of the museum's most delightful works is a mural that depicts four angels creating the colonial town of Puebla. Colonial art (arte virreinal) is on the second floor. There also are frequent rotating exhibits. Background information is presented in both Spanish and English.
Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.