On September 17, 1964 the National Museum of Anthropology was inaugurated, but its background dates back perhaps to October 13, 1790, when six Mexica monoliths, among them Coatlicue, the Sun Stone and the Tizoc Stone were found at a shallow depth, buried for around 270 years, in what we now know as the Zócalo.
The Museum of Anthropology is the sum of Mesoamerican civilization. Its rooms house everything to understand that cultural universe which still keeps many secrets. For that reason 26 rooms were assigned to exhibit the best preserved objects, from Olmec to Mayan culture, from Zapotec to Mixtec, from the pre-Classic period to present times.
This book offers a detailed follow-up of all the Museum’s galleries, in such a way that the visitor may recognize and better value the pieces seen on the tour. Its explanations are extremely useful for deciphering the cosmos that reigned before the arrival of European civilization.
Moreover, in its 44,000 m2 (473,612 ft2) of covered areas the best artists of the times participated, such as Rufino Tamayo, Manuel Felguérez and Leonora Carrington. Its architect, Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, left Mexicans a masterwork.