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Oaxaca Culture Museum (Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca)
Oaxaca Culture Museum (Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca)

Oaxaca Culture Museum (Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca)

Open Tuesday through Saturday 10 am - 6:15 pm
Calle Macedonio Alcalá S/N Centro, Oaxaca, Mexico

The Basics

One of the best places to visit if you want to learn more about the history of Oaxaca in particular, the Oaxaca Culture Museum offers an insight into the state’s pre-Hispanic past and post-colonization present. Most visitors stop by independently to browse the exhibits, although some city tours of Oaxaca also include a stop at the Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca, alongside other key landmarks such as Santo Domingo and the city's many markets.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Signage is in Spanish at the Oaxaca Culture Museum; however, English-language audio guides are available for a small fee.

  • Expect to spend around an hour at the museum.

  • The Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca is accessible for wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

The Oaxaca Culture Museum is situated next to the Santo Domingo Church in the center of downtown Oaxaca. Just blocks from the so-called “tourist corridor” of Calle Alcalá, it’s within easy walking distance of most central accommodations and attractions. Most city tours pass by the museum, with some including time to enjoy the exhibits.

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When to Get There

The Oaxaca Culture Museum is typically open from 10am to roughly 6pm, Tuesday through Saturday. It’s best to get there early to enjoy the exhibits more or less to yourself, however the museum can also provide a cool respite from the beating Oaxaca sun in the early afternoon.

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Other Museums in Oaxaca

Oaxaca is home to a wealth of museums that are worth exploring on your next visit. The Oaxaca Stamp Museum (Museo de la Filatelia de Oaxaca) is a surprisingly engaging stop, while the MACO (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo) is a must-see for art enthusiasts in Oaxaca and has a fantastic on-site gift shop.

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