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

Mon, July 26
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Tue, July 27
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Wed, July 28
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Thu, July 29
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Fri, July 30
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Sat, July 31
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Sun, August 01
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Mon, August 02
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Tue, August 03
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Wed, August 04
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Occurs 69 more times through Oct 12

American Museum of Natural History

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

Schedule

July 26, Monday 10:00AM
July 27, Tuesday 10:00AM
July 28, Wednesday 10:00AM
July 29, Thursday 10:00AM
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