Anahuacalli Museum

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Front view of the Anahuacalli Museum in Mexico City

The Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli or simply Anahuacalli Museum is a museum located in Coyoacán, in the south of Mexico City.

The unique museum was conceived and created by muralist Diego Rivera, who, motivated by his own interest in Mexican culture, collected near 60,000 pre-Hispanic pieces during his life and projected a building to place and exhibit them. It was completed after his death by architects Juan O'Gorman and Heriberto Pagelson and Rivera's own daughter, Ruth. Built of black volcanic stone, it takes the form of a pyramid. The museum articles are collected from almost every indigenous civilisation in Mexico's history.

The word Anahuacalli literally means "house around of water" in Nahuatl.


The building forms a teocalli with means “sacred house”, its design notably influenced by the Teotihuacan culture as can be appreciated in the building’s boards, recreating the image of the rain god Tlaloc. It also shows Maya and Aztec influences, as can be appreciated in the hexagonal (Maya) and rectangular (Aztec) arcs that give access to the different showrooms.

There are funerary urns, masks and sculptures from the ancient culture of Teotihuacan and a smaller gallery next to the pyramid contains an exhibition of papier mache sculpture relating to the Days of the Dead, celebrated from October 31 to November 2.

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