Museo Nacional de las Culturas del Mundo

Centro Histórico

Constructed in 1567 as the colonial mint, this renovated museum exhibits the art, dress and handicrafts of Mexico's and the world’s cultures. Mixed in for good measure are natural history elements alongside replicas of Egyptian sculptures and K-pop outfits. Explanatory text is in Spanish only.

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