Discovering History at the National Museum of Anthropology

We went to the National Museum of Anthropology and we were captivated by the beauty of these artifacts.

Stone of the Sun is an intricately carved basalt disk that is one of the most iconic artifacts of Aztec civilization. The stone measures about 12 feet in diameter and weighs approximately 24 tons. It was discovered in 1790 in Mexico City’s Zocalo (main square), which was once part of Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital. The stone dates back to the early 16th century, during the reign of the Aztec emperor Moctezuma II. It was likely carved around 1500 AD.

Then, there’s the replica of the Temple of Quetzalcoatl (I think), adorned with the feathered serpent deity’s visage.

The Codex Colombino tells the life of 8 Deer “Jaguar Claw,” the Mixtec lord from the kingdom of Tututepec. This pre-Hispanic manuscript dates back to the 12th century and is the only one of its kind that remains in Mexico. The Codex Nuttall, details the genealogy of Mixtec lords and the history of 8 Deer “Jaguar Claw,” renowned for his military conquests and numerous wives.

The vibrant illustrations and glyphs pull you into a narrative that transcends time and it’s so beautifully crafted.

This museum is really well curated. We enjoyed the artifacts and the explanation. It’s definitely got more English than the palace museum.