Photo by Laura Garcia
The Anthropology Museum in Xalapa gets high marks from everyone who visits. It is renowned for having seven giant Olmec heads on display. About seventeen have been excavated in the State of Veracruz. Carved from basalt, the heads range in size from 6 to 9 feet tall and are estimated at about 20 tons. The museum houses an amazing collection of art and artifacts from pre-Colombian civilizations in Veracruz.
Museo de Antropología
Av. Xalapa s/n
Entre Av. 1° de Mayo y Acueducto
91010 Xalapa, Veracruz, México
Tel: (228) 8 15 49 52
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http://www.uv.mx/max. The flash intro is wonderful!
General Admission: 40 pesos (US$4.00)
Hours (horarios de visita):
Tuesday through Sunday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
This page, from the Xalapa Tourist Network, has some nice images and information in both English and Spanish.
Beautiful photos, both interior and exterior, can be found on George and Audrey DeLange’s pages. They are an American couple who have traveled extensively, not only throughout Mexico but all over the world. Their photographs are enough to make you start planning your trip to Mexico today!
More photos of the Olmec Heads at the museum from the Latin American Studies organization.
A beautiful image of the museum’s entrance hall is here. Photo by Edward Dawson of Dallas, Texas.
A couple more nice photos here on a blog entry from Mexico-with-Heart.
From Planetware, an article on the museum here.