Museo Rufino Tamayo

Museum in Oaxaca City
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A top-class museum, even by Oaxaca's high standards, showing off a wondrous collection of pre-Hispanic art donated by the city's most famous artist, Rufino Tamayo (1899−1991). It traces artistic developments in preconquest times and includes some truly beautiful pieces laid out in color-coded backlit cases in a series of uncluttered rooms set around a lovely 17th-century patio.

The abundant figurines – some as old as 1250 BC – are from sites all around Mexico and are displayed as art rather that archaeology.