Rufino Tamayo Museum of Pre-Hispanic Art, Oaxaca

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Browse the extensive collection at Rufino Tamayo Museum of Pre-Hispanic Art. Founded in the 1970s, the museum houses items donated by the famous Oaxacan painter Rufino Tamayo, who was inspired by pre-Columbian artwork and collected pieces throughout his life. Explore the colonial-era building's five rooms, each painted a different color. View stone sculptures, ceramics, figurines, and other art pieces from the pre-Hispanic era, with English and Spanish explanations. Visit the gift shop for a charming souvenir. Put Rufino Tamayo Museum of Pre-Hispanic Art on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Oaxaca trip itinerary builder app .
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  • This museum is very unique in that the pieces were collected by an artist (Rufino Tamayo) based on their artistic merit as well as age, etc. Not a large museum but beautifully done.  more »
  • Highly recommended! An agile and quick visit, with wonderful pieces. A good view of our culture.
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  • This was one of the highlights of my trip to Mexico. I believe you can't really know a country unless you study its history. This museum gave me a huge boost in my knowledge of Mexico. One of the great things about this museum, over almost any other I've visited in Mexico, is the English language printed paper guides that they provide in each room. They describe virtually every item in the museum. Actually, without them, I probably wouldn't have understood, or therefore enjoyed, the museum very much. If you want to really experiance this place pick up a guide as you enter each room and proceed via its order. I don't know if admission is always free but it was today.
  • I liked the colors and the displays. $ was more than the average museum for the size. Paid more here than to visit the archeological ruins of Monte Albán.
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