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Tenochtitlan (Nahuatl languages: Tenōchtitlan pronounced [tenoːt͡ʃˈtit͡ɬan]; Spanish: Tenochtitlán), also known as Mexico-Tenochtitlan (Nahuatl languages: Mēxihco Tenōchtitlan pronounced [meːˈʃiʔko tenoːt͡ʃˈtit͡ɬan]; Spanish: México-Tenochtitlán), was a large Mexica altepetl in what is now the historic center of Mexico City. The exact date of the founding of the city is unclear. The date 13 March 1325 was chosen in 1925 to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the city. The city was built on an island in what was then Lake Texcoco in the Valley of Mexico. The city was the capital of the expanding Aztec Empire in the 15th century until it was captured by the Spanish in 1521.
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You can catch a glimpse from the outside of the majestic stone ruins from a past city. They offer English description panels as well and is worth a look to see the intricate details of the building designs.
This is THE museum to visit in Mexico City. You will learn how Mexico City began and how the Spanish imposed their culture on the Aztecs to create what we experience today as modern day Mexicans. It is my personal favorite museum because of the proximity of the archeological findings and ongoing research. Do not miss the museum when visiting Mexico City.
I visited this museum about 10 years ago and it has improved SO much! The display areas have been updated and include English descriptions. They also have a massive new piece discovered just a few years ago. It's displayed nicely and is quite impressive! You must go visit!
Breath taking ruins placed right next to the cathedral built from its stolen stones. A moving walk through history. Attached to a wonderful museum dedicated to the Aztec civilization. Not only will you see an amazing site, but you will probably also learn some thing. Try to swing by on a Sunday when all museums in Mexico City are free. Well worth it
A must visit spot in the city. The main temple of the Aztecs, this is what the Spanish conquerors didn't destroy, and what remains is amazing. Impressive sculptures some size, very realistic and very good museography.
Wonderful museum! Be prepared to be in the sun and finish any drinks you have with you before you enter because they are not allowed. Don't miss the interior portion of the museum which covers artifacts from Teotihuacan and surrounding areas. It also gives an overview of Pre-Hispanic life and culture, the Spanish destruction, and the discovery of expanse of the Sacred Precinct during the modernization of the colonial city.
I loved the exhibition of The Templo Mayor because it is exposed to the outside and you can really see detailed architecture, there are also descriptions in both Spanish and English. Really enjoyed it and I recommend it to everyone. You should go on Sundays because it's free access.
Excellent museum that has interpretive signs both in Spanish and English (for the most part) and covers much of what the actual archaeologists found including plants and animals. Typically plants don't get much attention in museums or even by archaeologists, so I was impressed. I was also very impressed by the Mexican citizens visiting who seemed far more interested and attentive than any Americans I have ever seen in US museums. Has a check in for extra baggage and things like skateboards.
Very interesting. One improvement would be if they rewrote the English site descriptions. The language was too flowery and didn't just clearly explain the subject matter.
A historical site which was razed to build new cathedrals in place. Entrance fee is 70 pesos. Worth the visit. The ruins are well preserved and the museum provides further insight of the culture and life of the past. This attraction is one of the must visit in Centro Historico in CDMX.
This museum is very nice! Everything is explained in Spanish and English. The outdoor section showing the various sections of temple ruins were well labeled. The interior museum has 8 rooms, each with a different theme. I found the first four rooms to be the most interesting. I loved the interior design of the museum too.
Amazing site. Explanations are clear and interesting but in Spanish only throughout the exterior exhibits. Some dual language in the entrance museum. Interesting exhibit on the Mixteca going on now... I don't know if it's always there or a changing exhibit. Do not bring food, water or gum with you.. you will be asked to throw it away.
Excellent, and quite large modern feeling museum that includes the exterior archaeology site and an unexpectedly extensive museum. You should leave at least a couple hours for the site. There were not any specific children's sections but it was laid out well, and visually interesting enough I think kids would find it accessible. One of my favorites in CDMX
This is a must stop when you are in Mexico City, whether you are a tourist or a local resident, in this site you will know the history of the ancient Aztecs. It has a new lobby where they exhibit a "tree of life". It is definitely a museum that is well preserved and constantly investing in the new findings that help to understand more this impressive culture.
Amazing museum consisting of the excavated ruins of the city centre of the Aztec city Tenochtitlan. What I especially enjoyed about this is that there is a gallery of photos from the actual archaeological work, which gives you a glimpse of how the site must have looked like during the excavation process, as well as the hard work that goes into excavations and analysis. Loved the photos, but I wish the descriptions were also in English (I docked a star for that).
This UNESCO World Heritage site is top class. Very well done both on the exterior excavation site and museum. Clear signage throughout, with the exception of the temporary exhibits. The museum design is also very clear in progression, which helps learning the history of Tenochtitlan.
So much history, so much to learn. It's like a tiny slice of the anthropology museum (which I can't recommend enough). Go early. The Sunday midday crowds really make it hard to appreciate what you're looking at, when fully half the people are taking selfies instead of looking at what's right in front of them. 4 stars only because most of the interpretation plaques are in Spanish only. I fully understand how this complaint makes me sound, but know your audience. English is an international language, and you're only charging the foreigners admission. (If my friend hadn't asked me a question right in front of the gatekeeper, I would have gotten in for free.) So please make it possible for us to understand what we're looking at - and paying for. (Most of the outdoor plaques are Spanish & English. Almost everything inside is Spanish only.) Also? Security is a joke. Two different guards looked in the main part of my bag. They made me throw away my water, but didn't look at the rest of my bag, even though the metal detector was going off. (It was going off for everybody.) What's the point?