Tamayo Museum (Museo Tamayo)
Not to be confused with the modern art museum of the same name in Mexico City, Tamayo Museum—officially known as the Rufino Tamayo Museum of Pre-Hispanic Art—was inaugurated in 1974. Highlights include figurines dating back to the 13th century and a robust collection of Xoloitzcuintli dog artifacts. Take time to visit each of the five color-coded exhibition halls and relax in the central courtyard at this compact but well-curated museum.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Art, archaeology, and art history fans won’t want to miss the Tamayo Museum in Oaxaca.
- Plan to spend around an hour enjoying the exhibits.
- There are onsite bathrooms.
- Tamayo Museum is both wheelchair and stroller accessible.
How to Get There
Museo Tamayo is situated on Avenida Morelos in the Oaxaca City downtown, just four blocks from the zocalo (central plaza). Most visitors find it easiest to arrive on foot, especially as street parking nearby is limited.
When to Get There
Tamayo Museum is open Wednesday—Monday from 10am to 2pm, and 4pm until 7pm most days. The museum closes at 3pm on Sundays. Arrive at least an hour before closing to make the most of your visit.
Who Was Rufino Tamayo? One of Mexico’s most preeminent visual artists, Rufino Tamayo was a Oaxaca-born Zapotec painter, muralist, and sculptor who lived from 1899 until 1991. In his youth, he moved to Mexico City and began to study art. His style eventually came to be defined by bold colors, Zapotec influence, and images of women, including his wife Olga.
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