Historical Museums & Galleries

(In the center of town)

Museo Regional de Oaxaca (Alcalá at Gurrión next to Santo Domingo)

Has finds from Monte Alban as the permanent collection, as well as temporary exhibits, some of which are terrific.


Museo de Textil, or Textile Museum (Hidalgo 917)


They normally have two concurrent small exhibits, highlighting different textile making techniques utilized throughout Mexico, not just Oaxaca.  Beautiful building, worth checking out



Rufino Tamayo (Morelos 503)

The artist’s outstanding collection of pre-Columbian art objects


Jardín Etnobotánico (Gurrion, next to Templo Santo Domingo)
Located behind Santo Domingo Church

4 tours a day in English and Spanish at this stunning botanical garden.  Show up 10 minutes before and sign up.  They do not allow guests to wander in alone as many of the species are endangered.

It is a beautiful oasis, and one of the most important gardens in the world.

Museo Belber Jimenez (Matamoros 307)

New museum conveying historical perspective on jewelry and textiles from Spanish to modern times

Manuel Alvarez Bravo Museum (M. Bravo 116, corner Garcia Vigil)




A lovely museum named after the famous Mexican photographer, with excellent rotating photographic exhibits by contemporary international artists.





Museo de Filatelia de Oaxaca (MUFI) (Reforma 504)

A museum dedicated to the postage stamp with all kinds of antique and regional stamps from all over Mexico and two galleries with changing exhibits.  A fun and interesting place, as well as a beautiful building.


(Outside of Oaxaca City)

Museo Estatal de Artes Populares de Oaxaca (MEAPO), or State Museum of Popular Art of Oaxaca, located about 20 minutes from Oaxaca city in San Bartolo, Coyotepec.

This museum is dedicated to folk art from all over the state of Oaxaca under the direction of master ceramicist Maestro Carlomagno Pedro Martínez.





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