AAA Editor Notes
La Venta Museum (Parque Museo La Venta) is w. of downtown off Av. Ruiz Cortines (Mex. 180), just e. of the Tabasco 2000 complex. This large riverside park has a zoo and is within an archeological zone. A number of large, carved-stone Olmec artifacts discovered in the late 1930s are displayed on trails adjacent to the zoo.

Three colossal stone heads display the wide noses and full, downward-curving lips that are characteristic facial features of Olmec art. Other artifacts include sculptures, stone altars, stela (carved stone tablets) and a tomb. The zoo's jungle-like grounds are inhabited by free-roaming monkeys and deer, birds, crocodiles (confined to a moat) and some caged animals.

Some background information is in English, and English-speaking guides also are available. Visit the park in the morning before it gets too hot. Mosquito repellent is strongly advised.

Food is available.

Park admission 40 pesos (about $2.15 U.S.); 10 pesos (ages 6-12). Sound-and-light show 100 pesos (about $5.40 U.S.). Cash only.
Daily 8-5. Last ticket is sold at 4. A sound-and-light show takes place Tues.-Sun. at 7, 8 and 9 p.m.; hours may vary depending on the season. Allow 2 hours minimum.
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