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Rufino Tamayo Museum of Pre-Hispanic Art

Av. Morelos 503, Oaxaca, Mexico
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An artists collection

Rufino Tamayo was a great artist and he used the ancient Mayan and native Mexican and Guatemalan... read more

Reviewed 28 March 2016
This is a gem!

This little museum has a stunning collection of ancient art from around the region. As others have... read more

Reviewed 27 March 2016
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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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Av. Morelos 503, Oaxaca, Mexico
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Reviewed 28 March 2016

Rufino Tamayo was a great artist and he used the ancient Mayan and native Mexican and Guatemalan artisan work as inspiration for some of his own art. The museum houses a lovely collection of special pieces and has good description in English. The house has...More

Thank stiniSwitzerland
Reviewed 27 March 2016

This little museum has a stunning collection of ancient art from around the region. As others have noted, there is no English signage -- but most of the rooms have cards available with a translation, so look for those if you have a question. The...More

Thank Pauler80020
Reviewed 27 March 2016

Signage is almost 100 percent Spanish (This is a museum in Mexico, after all.) but that does not detract at all from this excellent collection of Pre-Hispanic art. Even if you have been to the Anthropology Museum in Mexico City, this collection has many new...More

Thank Arthur H
Reviewed 14 March 2016

This is a wonderful museum filled with ceramic antiquities. The building itself is nice as well. It really gives you an insight into the people of thousands of years ago and what went on in their lives through their sculpture/art. We bought one of the...More

Thank Pamela V
Reviewed 13 March 2016

On the day we visited, there was almost no one else there. So unlike a visit to a more famous museum, we were not bothered by tour groups taking selfies in front of the exhibits.

Thank mjaberry
Reviewed 12 March 2016

This is a rather small museum, which I might have been expecting to be bigger or have a more vast variety of pre-hispanic pieces, due its fame. The labels are in spanish only, which I can't complain as it is my mother language, but it...More

Thank FedericoRodriguez
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 5 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
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