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“great pre-hispanic collection” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo)

Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo)
Ranked #5 of 92 things to do in Puebla
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Owner description: This museum houses numerous artifacts and pieces of art from pre-Columbian and colonial times.
Chicago, Illinois
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250 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“great pre-hispanic collection”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2012

Time well spent at this museum with a great collection of pre-hispanic artifacts.

Visited April 2012
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Portland, Oregon
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“An excellent museum of pre-Columbian artifacts”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2012

The Amparo Museum is a very well constructed and managed museum of pre-Columbian history. The items displayed are excellent. The explanations are not hard for "so-so Spanish readers" to understand.

Visited April 2012
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Warsaw, Poland
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“Small, but insighful!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2012

The prehispanic part of the museum is one of the best - not too big (so you will not get exhausted) covers all regions of Mexico (and Guatemala). Which is good, to see the items compared, not only "this is our pyramid and what we have found in it".

What is more important, the museum guides you through the eras of 'indigenas' in Mexico giving you the overview that made me understand context of all pyramids I have seen so far in the region. Also nice is a timeline showing the civilisation and art achievements in all continents compared. You can see what happened in Mexico when there were pyramids in Egipt, or what kind of art was created in Asia when there was Leonardo daVinci in Italy. Really nice.
Definitely worth visiting!!

Visited March 2012
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new york
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Says it All without words”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2012

Fantastic way to learn about pre-colonial Mexico. Visual timeline says it all. History in pictures and artifacts. Fun information for kids, on understanding daily life, rituals. This museum is a must see.

Visited March 2012
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Rochester, Minnesota, United States
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“LOVED IT!! Extremely interesting ...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

I have to give a disclaimer that I am incredibly interested in ancient cultures (especially those in Mexico) so I was expecting to enjoy the museum. What I was not expecting, however, was the size of the museum and the number of pieces in their collection. There was a huge amount of fascinating prehispanic items - statues, figurines, pottery, carvings, etc. The collection included items from throughout Mexico spanning the entire prehispanic history. It inncluded artifacts from Tolteca, Totonaca, Nayarit, Azteca, Maya, Huasteca, Olmec, and other civilizations. The museum was clean and very well maintained. Even my husband, who has shown very little interest in this type of thing, was enthralled. Visiting the museum was our favorite stop in Puebla!

The only thing which was slightly annoying was that if you wanted to take photos, you had to pay an extra 50 pesos (~$5). I declined to pay that and instead ended up purchasing a book with beautiful color photos (much better than those I would have taken myself) and also descriptions of the pieces. Admission was 35 pesos per person. Note that they are closed on Tuesdays ... we atttempted to visit on a Tuesday but had to postpone our visit til Wednesday morning.

Visited February 2012
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