A Glimpse Back in Time at Museo Teotihuacán
We visited as a guest
The first thing that we did when arriving in Teotihuacán was to visit the museum located at the archeological site. It was the perfect way to start our visit to the magical place by allowing us to learn about the history of the indigenous people who once lived in the region.
It took us about an hour to slowly explore the museum, but I could have spent all day reading about the history. Teotihuacán means “place of the Gods,” in Aztec and the city first formed in 150 BCE and 200 CE.
The museum is filled with thousands of artifacts from the Mayan, Aztec and Toltec civilization. There are small plaques in front of each display case that talks about the items in each glass case along with a little bit of history behind the artifacts (both in Spanish and English). They have everything from skeletons to tapestries to death masks.
At the end of the museum is a giant room with glass floors that features a large model of what Teotihuacán originally looked like and a glass window where guests can catch their first glimpse of the majestic pyramids.
Once we were done exploring the museum, it was time to experience walking to the top of the pyramids. We were able to walk to the top of the pyramid of the sun, and visitors are only allowed to walk to the first level of the pyramid of the moon. After learning about the history of Teotihuacán in the museum, and then getting to walk to the top of the pyramid was a fully immersive experience.
When planning a trip to Mexico City, a visit to Teotihuacán is a must. When you first arrive, I know that you’ll be tempted to run over to the pyramids, but I recommend going to the museum first so that you’ll get the most out of your experience visiting the area. Teotihuacán is about a one hour drive from Mexico City. Visitors can take a public bus to the area or hire a tour guide. There is a fee of 64 pesos to enter the park which includes the museum entrance.
Enjoy these photos of the artifacts I saw while exploring the museum…
Photos are allowed – but no flash photography is prohibited.
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