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Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca

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Address: Gurrion at Alcala | Plaza Santa Domingo, Oaxaca, Mexico
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This former convent attached to the church is a fabulous building in itself, and the exhibits are a wonderful introduction to the ancient city of Monte Alban. However all... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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rockville md
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This former convent attached to the church is a fabulous building in itself, and the exhibits are a wonderful introduction to the ancient city of Monte Alban. However all explanations are in Spanish. The guide we hired provided the background we needed to understand what we were seeing.

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Minneapolis
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We were absolutely delighted by this impressive museum of local culture over the past 1000 years. Lots of Zapotec sculpture, gold and jade jewelry, and religious art.

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Austin, TX
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The museum is laid out well and the artifacts displayed are very good. However, if you are not fluent in reading Spanish, your experience will be greatly diminished. All signage and labeling of artifacts is in Spanish only. As far as I could tell, there are no audio-guides to rent. If you go with a private guide who can narrate... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great museum, but unless you read Spanish you will get frustrated. The pieces are awesome I guess, but it is so sad that the main museum does not have any sign, guides or hand-held card boards in English. Even when visiting the amber museum and the Maya medicine museum in San Cristobal there were at least some material to bring... More 

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Polson, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We started the visit to the museum without a guide and quickly turned around to get one - it was $300 pesos. We appreciated the info the guide was able to offer. Ours was professionally trained and worth the extra cost. The museum could definitely use some English translations along with the Spanish explanations. The gift store had nothing to... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First of all my opinion is heavily influenced by my only basic Spanish level. I would certainly enjoy it more if my Spanish was better. Descriptions are in Spanish only and none of guides available at the time I were there was speaking English (I saw a couple guided by an English speaking guide inside, so they do exist, I... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The former convent (who knew there were so many nuns!) is adapted beautifully to a very interesting museum. The building itself is a spectacular example of the period's architecture and construction excellence.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well displayed variety of artifacts with excellent explanations. Brings history to life and adds meaning to a Oaxacan visit.

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm an archaeologist and I nearly missed this gem on a recent visit to Oaxaca. It's poorly advertised and I nearly didn't visit the place. The archaeological exhibition is in a number of rooms in the convent building to the north of Santo Domingo Cathedral. The convent also has a wonderful botanical garden if you are interested. The exhibition has... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

good museum to get an idea of ancient cultures of Mexico. Well documented notes around the exhibits.

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