This is one of the most famous museums in downtown Mexico City, as it keeps a lot of history of ancient Mexico, to be able to visit it completely you must set aside a day just for this museum, it is so wide, we will give you a brief summary of what you will find.
If you want to visit it and you don’t live near the city, the best thing to do is to look for lodging in the hotels near the Templo Mayor in CDMX, so you can enjoy more comfort while visiting it, we recommend you to stay at Hotel Canada near the Templo Mayor Museum.
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History of the Templo Mayor Museum
Its doors are open to the public since October 12, 1987, being one of the works directed by the architect Pedro Ramirez Vazquez which took the construction from the shape of the Great Temple the museum, the cuel is located right in the same place that was formerly the most important ceremonial center of Mexico.
Inside the museum there are eight rooms that house thousands of archaeological pieces found from 1978 to the present, it also has a bit of history of the Aztec people, 99% of which come from the archaeological zone.
They also describe the pilgrimage of the Mexica people and their settlement in Lake Texcoco until the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors along with the fusion of the two cultures.
The 8 rooms of the Great Temple Museum
The Museum of the Great Temple is composed of two sections and divided into eight rooms, on the south side is everything related to the cult of Huitzilopochtli, and on the north side was dedicated to Tlaloc, then we will tell you a little more about it:
Room nº 1. From Coatlicue to the Great Temple
You will find all the research done since 1790 on the archaeology of the sacred precinct of Mexico-Tenochtitlan in which they found Coatlicue and the Stone of the Sun.
Room nº 2. Ritual and sacrifice
You will find objects that were used in funeral rites, religious ceremonies and human sacrifices. In ancient times, the Mesoamerican people lived according to their religious beliefs in which they applied rites to almost everything they did.
Room nº 3. Homage and trade
You will discover the objects that were used as tribute in the trade between the Mexican people and neighboring towns, until now there is a map which shows the route that the Mexicans traveled.
Room nº 4. Huitzilopochtli
This is the god of war, the patron of the Mexicans also known as “hummingbird of the south”, in the past they made their sculpture with amaranth seeds, and for this reason there are no other representative figures, since the seeds hardly last in time.
Room nº 5. Tlaloc
This space was dedicated to the god of rain, one of the most ancient of Mesoamerica, on his goodness depended the fertilization of the earth so that it would bear fruit, on the contrary, on his anger depended the loss of crops, by sending hail and floods.
Room nº 6. Flora and fauna
The place was designated for the perception that the people of Mexico had regarding nature, the remains of animals were related to their religious world, in which there were many gods that had animal features.
Room nº 7. Agriculture
You will find the tools used by the natives until today to carry out their agricultural work, meanwhile, you will also notice that in the past, some gods presided over this activity, among them is Tlaloc.
Room nº 8. Historical Archeology
You will find exhibits that mark the end of the pre-Hispanic era, beginning with the Spanish conquest until the 20th century, which have been saved in the excavations of the Templo Mayor project.
Location of the Templo Mayor Museum
It is located right next to the Metropolitan Cathedral, Seminario 8, Col. Centro (Zona 6), Cuauhtémoc, C.P. 6060, Mexico, in the middle of the Zócalo square, Mexico City, if you are staying at the Hotel Canada you will be very close to the museum.
Hours of the Templo Mayor Museum
You can visit it from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, since it is closed on Mondays, on Sundays the entrance is free for nationals and foreigners residing in the country, also for children under 13 years, students, teachers, seniors, pensioners and retirees.
The entrance fee to the Templo Mayor Museum in 2022 is 80.00 Mexican pesos per person. For any other information you may need you can visit their website www.templomayor.inah.gob.mx
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