National Museum of Anthropology

National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City, Mexico, Pedro Ramírez Vázquez
Project year: 1964
Address: Av. Paseo de la Reforma s/n, Polanco, Bosque de Chapultepec I Secc, Miguel Hidalgo, MEXICO CITY, Mexico
Latitude/Longitude: 19.425994,-99.186282


National Museum of Anthropology that is located at the centre of Mexico City has the world’s largest collection of ancient Mexican art. Ethnographic exhibits about Mexico’s present-day indigenous groups are also included in the museum.

Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, along with Jorge Campuzano and Rafael Mijares designed this building back in 1964. The design has an impressive architecture and includes exhibition halls surrounding a courtyard. Inside the courtyard, there is a huge pond and a vast square concrete umbrella supported by a single slender pillar (known as “el paraguas”, Spanish for “the umbrella”) around which splashes an artificial cascade. The halls are ringed by gardens, many of which contain outdoor exhibits. In an area of 79,700 square meters (almost 8 hectares), there are 23 rooms for exhibits .