The Rufino Tamayo Museum of Prehispanic Art

The eighteenth-century colonial house, La Villarraza (also known as La Luz), was formerly the state archive and now houses 800 prehispanic pieces, which were donated in 1974 by the Oaxacan painter Rufino Tamayo.

The Rufino Tamayo Museum of Prehispanic Art

The Rufino Tamayo Museum is also considered as "Museum of Arts" because it includes three periods of art: Pre-Hispanic, Colonial and Modern. Pre-Hispanic Art comprises the entire collection, reason for the exhibition; Colonial Art, the building that houses it, and Modern Art corresponds to museography.

Most of the pieces come from different parts of the country: Guerrero, Colima, Nayarit, Jalisco, Michoacán, Morelos, Puebla, Valley of Mexico, central Veracruz, Chiapas, Campeche, Tabasco and Yucatán. From Oaxaca pieces of the Zapotec and Mixtec cultures are preserved.

The museum carries out:

  • Concerts
  • Courses
  • Conferences
  • Presentations
  • Acts that contribute to spreading our culture
  • Offers the public of Oaxaca and its visitors the artistic manifestations of other environments of the country.
  • How To Get
    The museum is located between Tinoco and Palacios streets and Porfirio Díaz streets.

    Open: Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 16 to 19 hrs. Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays
    General admission $___ pesos
    Contact: José María Morelos 503, Centro. Oaxaca de Juárez. Entre las calles Gral. Porfirio Díaz y Tinoco y Palacios Tel:(951) 516 4750

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