As I mentioned in my last post, on my first day in Mexico City, I rented a bike and set out to do some exploring, which took me to the National Museum of Anthropology! However, before we get there, let me show you around my hotel a little bit! As mentioned, I was staying at Hotel Marquis Reforma in Mexico City, as it was located close to the agency I was there to work with that week, as well as a bustling neighborhood area where I felt generally safe walking around solo. I landed after a long, 11 hour flight, and had never been happier to see a bed!Which looked like a fluffy, heavenly cloud!The production company I was working with had very sweetly left some Mexican welcome gifts in my hotel room, which I didn’t crack in to just then but were much appreciated all the same! Mezcal, shot glasses (or maybe tea light holders if you’re boring), a hand stitched bag, a ceramic mug, and a notebook with the company’s logo. The next morning, I was delighted to look outside my window and see palm trees and sunlight!I had a bit of work to do that morning, so I had a quick buffet breakfast at the hotel before heading back up to my room and jamming away on my laptop for a few hours. There were SO many options, but I tried to fill up my plate with fruits and veggies . . . and went for a small serving of deep fried potatoes with guacamole, sour cream, salsa, and cheese (aka heaven). And then the waiter brought over a basket of pastries, and my very healthy breakfast became an almondy carb-fest!How beautiful is this statue outside the hotel!? As you might have seen in my last post, I worked until lunch, then got some room service before heading out into the city. I rented a bike, which was available by the hour from a dock across the street from my hotel, and then cycled over to Bosque de Chapultepec where the anthropology museum was located.I’m going to let the rest of the photos in this post speak for themselves, but here’s a little background on the museum before you feast your eyes.
Mexico City’s National Museum of Anthropology is the largest and most frequented museum in Mexico. The museum contains archaeological and anthropological artifacts from Mexico’s pre-Columbian heritage. It’s considered one of the world’s most comprehensive natural history museums, taking visitors through Mexico’s history along with the passage of time. It houses four square kilometers of exhibits in 23 exhibition halls. So in a nutshell, it’s HUGE, it’s STUNNING, and it’s very popular. I started my journey at the museum chronologically, exploring how the first humans settled in Mexico. However, the rooms dedicated to the Aztec and the Maya civilizations stole the show, with one of the main draws of the museum being the Sun Stone, aka the Aztec Calendar. Some of the artifacts in the museum date back to 5000BC!!The above is a large tree of life :) There were so many stunning art pieces, handicrafts, original artifacts, and mind boggling recreations. Look how intricate and beautifully strung these woven textiles are!The architecture of the space itself was also impressive, giving the Louvre a run for its money! The musical instruments were some of my favorite pieces, and I loved being able to see how they evolved over time, from civilization to civilization! The museum also had a small, but beautiful garden,
Outside, there was a replica exhibit of a Mayan temple, which was mesmerizing.I love the casual indoor-outdoor nature of Mexican homes!The above is a reproduction of the temple of the feathered serpent in Teotihuacan – more on the real thing in my next post! And this guy is Xōchipilli, the god of art, games, beauty, dance, flowers, and song in Aztec mythology. I ended my tour of the museum upstairs, in one of the more ‘modern’ rooms (aka a room from the last 1,000 years!) Can I have this guy to take home, please?!
If it’s your first time in Mexico City, I HIGHLY recommend spending a few hours gandering through the National Museum of Anthropology. Everything you will come across in Mexico is highly influenced by past civilizations from the region – from the colors to the crafts to the architecture – and a visit to the museum will open your eyes to the thousands of influences all around you on your trip!
Entrance to the museum is highly affordable at less than €4!! They’re open every day except Monday, from 9am-7pm.