Hall of Mexico and Central America

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street

The diverse art, architecture, and traditions of the Maya, Toltec, Olmec, Aztec, and other Mesoamerican pre-Columbian cultures are the subjects of this hall. The outstanding collections on display include monuments, figurines, pottery, and jewelry th... more

The diverse art, architecture, and traditions of the Maya, Toltec, Olmec, Aztec, and other Mesoamerican pre-Columbian cultures are the subjects of this hall. The outstanding collections on display include monuments, figurines, pottery, and jewelry that span from around 1200 B.C. to the early 1500s. Each object provides clues about the political and religious symbols, social traits, and artistic styles of its cultural group. Especially striking works on view include Costa Rican gold ornaments and a 3,000-year-old Olmec jade sculpture called the Kunz Axe, which may represent a chief or a shaman who transformed himself into a jaguar to partake of the animal's power. Also displayed are 9th-century Mayan stone carvings depicting scenes of conquest. Existing as early as 1500 B.C., the Mayan culture did not consist of a single empire, but rather was a collection of independent city-states that alternately warred and traded with one another.


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Hall of Mexico and Central America

Hall of Mexico and Central America
08/14/2020 10:00 AM
Fri, August 14
10:00AM
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Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Hall of Mexico and Central America
08/15/2020 10:00 AM
Sat, August 15
10:00AM
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Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Hall of Mexico and Central America
08/16/2020 10:00 AM
Sun, August 16
10:00AM
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Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Hall of Mexico and Central America
08/17/2020 10:00 AM
Mon, August 17
10:00AM
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Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Hall of Mexico and Central America
08/18/2020 10:00 AM
Tue, August 18
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Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Hall of Mexico and Central America
08/19/2020 10:00 AM
Wed, August 19
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Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Hall of Mexico and Central America
08/20/2020 10:00 AM
Thu, August 20
10:00AM
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Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Hall of Mexico and Central America
08/21/2020 10:00 AM
Fri, August 21
10:00AM
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Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Hall of Mexico and Central America
08/22/2020 10:00 AM
Sat, August 22
10:00AM
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Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Hall of Mexico and Central America
08/23/2020 10:00 AM
Sun, August 23
10:00AM
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Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Occurs 70 more times through Nov 01

American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024
(212) 769-5100

Schedule

August 14, Friday 10:00AM
August 15, Saturday 10:00AM
August 16, Sunday 10:00AM
August 17, Monday 10:00AM
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