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Rufino Tamayo Museum of Pre-Hispanic Art

Av. Morelos 503, Oaxaca, Mexico
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A very pleasant museum with some great pieces of historic art. Each room had a flyer in English... read more

Reviewed 12 March 2016
Corvallis, Oregon
Beautiful and precious artifacts spanning Prehispanic to the 1800's

This is a pleasant surprise. It contains pieces of pottery from 2000 BC. Zapotec, Olmec, Aztec, all... read more

Reviewed 9 March 2016
Geoff F
Port Townsend, Washington
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This museum contains a varied collection of pre-Columbian art donated by Rufino Tamayo, one of Mexico's most famous modern artists.
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  • Very good19%
  • Average4%
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Av. Morelos 503, Oaxaca, Mexico
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Reviewed 12 March 2016

A very pleasant museum with some great pieces of historic art. Each room had a flyer in English with a brief description of each piece. Do not know how he did it but what a great collection.

Thank allenamanda
Reviewed 9 March 2016

This is a pleasant surprise. It contains pieces of pottery from 2000 BC. Zapotec, Olmec, Aztec, all from a private collection. Amazing! Sr. Tamayo was afraid that if he did not establish this museum, all of these artifacts may be lost to private collectors or...More

Thank Geoff F
Reviewed 7 March 2016 via mobile

This museum is well-designed and includes an extensive collection of of prehispanic art. It definitely helps you to understand the rich cultural history of Mexico and the range of different types of artistic expression before the conquest. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank Eric S
Reviewed 6 March 2016

Best museum in Oaxaca. A must see. This extensive, privately owned collection is impressive and beautiful. Nicely displayed in a great setting which has a lovely garden with places to sit. Don't miss this gem.

Thank kfgf411
Reviewed 28 February 2016

This museum helps you to understand the long and colourful history of Mexico. One usually only thinks of Mayan culture but this is a whole new take on this rich culture.

1  Thank Ottawariver49
Reviewed 24 February 2016 via mobile

If you live prehistoric art, this is the a e to visit. Rufino Tamayo amassed this collection over his life, and then left the collection to the people. Pretty amazing, well displayed in individual colored cases.

1  Thank Ruth O
Reviewed 21 February 2016

The artifacts in this museum were so well displayed and had handouts in English in addition to Spanish. It was my favorite.

Thank LaurieSouth2010
Reviewed 20 February 2016

Our favorite museum in Oaxaca City. Loads of pre-hispanic art to appreciate. Loved the strong colored backgrounds, too.

Thank Professional-Pilgrim
Reviewed 19 February 2016

What an interesting take on prehispanic art!! I've seen many pieces before, but always in a historical context. So lovely to just appreciate it as beautiful art

Thank Lucia J
Reviewed 18 February 2016

Both the content and the design of the presentation were highly satisfying. There are explanation cards keyed to the display cases in both Spanish and English.

Thank Marc D
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