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Amparo Museum

Located in the city of Puebla and housed in two colonial-era buildings, the Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo), despite its smaller size, is one of Mexico’s most important archeological museums—and sadly also one of the least-visited.

The museum holds a superb collection of historic artifacts from many of Mesoamerica’s indigenous civilizations, such as the Maya, Aztecs, Zapotecs, and Olmecs, and many more besides. Here you can see Mayan stelae depicting the mythological story of the creation of the world; sculptures of rabbit-headed scribe gods; stone representations of Totonac gods of death; ceramic statues of powerful Zapotec lords; and numerous Aztec sculptures of animals like Xoloitzcuintle dogs, spider monkeys, jaguars, coyotes, and snakes.

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