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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.

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

Guided tours are available. Food is available. Time: Allow 3 hours minimum.

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Tues.-Sat. 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.
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