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Mexica Exhibition at the Musée du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac from April 3rd to September 8th, 2024


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  • Access to the temporary exhibition "MEXICA" at the Musée du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac.
  • Admission to the museum's permanent exhibition spaces, featuring an extensive collection of arts and cultures from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas.
  • Exploration of thematic galleries dedicated to anthropology, ethnology, and the history of arts, providing a comprehensive perspective on world cultures.

What to expect

The Mexica: Gifts and Gods at the Templo Mayor exhibition at the Musée du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac showcases archaeological discoveries from the Mexica culture, a first in Europe. It highlights the results of fifty years of excavations around the Templo Mayor, following the discovery of the Coyolxauhqui monolith in 1978 in Mexico. This exhibition, developed in collaboration with Mexico's INAH, displays 204 offerings to the gods, illustrating the political power, art, and complex religious thought of the Mexica before the Spanish conquest of 1519.

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Historical Context

The Mexica civilization, often referred to as the Aztecs, was notable for its sophistication in various fields, including architecture, mathematics, and astronomy. The Templo Mayor, located at the heart of their capital, Tenochtitlán, represented the spiritual and political center dedicated to the gods Tlaloc and Huitzilopochtli. The accidental discovery of the Coyolxauhqui monolith in 1978 marked a turning point in Mexican archaeology, sparking extensive excavations that revealed the depth and complexity of Mexica religion and cosmology.

What to Expect

At the "Mexica: Gifts and Gods at the Templo Mayor" exhibition, visitors can expect to discover a fascinating collection of offerings, artworks, and artifacts that testify to the cultural and spiritual richness of the Mexica civilization. The INAH, responsible for curation, plays a crucial role in providing expertise and ensuring the authenticity and preservation of these historical witnesses, offering a unique window into the pre-Columbian past.

Visiting the exhibition provides a rare opportunity to deepen one's understanding of the Mexica civilization, emphasizing its lasting impact on modern history and culture. It's also a unique chance to see up close artifacts never before exhibited in Europe, providing visitors with an unparalleled cultural and educational experience.

Mexica Exhibition: Practical Information

Dates: From Wednesday, April 3, 2024, to Sunday, September 8, 2024
Closed on: Mondays
Opening hours:

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:30 AM - 10:00 PM

Audience: All audiences
Ticket price: Full price: €14.00


Live History Together: Group Quote Request for the Mexica Exhibition

Are you organizing an event for a group of more than 10 people?

Immerse yourselves in the heart of the Mexica civilization with your group! Discover hidden treasures and fascinating rituals of an ancient culture at the Quai Branly Museum. For groups of more than 10 people, send your quote request now for an immersive and enriching experience that will be etched in memories. Don't miss this unique opportunity to travel back in time and explore the mysteries of the Mexicas together.

Customer Reviews

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Vincent F.
May 1st 2024
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Common questions

Where is the Mexica exhibition held?

At the Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac in Paris, in the Jardin Gallery.

When is the exhibition open to the public?

From April 3, 2024, to September 8, 2024, except on Mondays.

What are the exhibition opening hours?

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10:30 am - 7:00 pm, and Thursday: 10:30 am - 10:00 pm.

How much is the admission ticket?

The full price is €14.00.

Why is the Mexica exhibition important?

It presents unique discoveries in Europe about the Mexica civilization, its rituals, art, and architecture.

What is the significance of the Templo Mayor for the Mexica civilization?

It was the spiritual and political center, crucial for understanding their society.

What did the discovery of the Coyolxauhqui monolith reveal?

It marked the beginning of half a century of excavations revealing the cultural richness of the Mexicas.

What type of artifacts can be seen at the exhibition?

Offerings and ritual objects dedicated to Mexica deities.

Is the exhibition suitable for all audiences?

Yes, it is designed for all audiences interested in history and culture.

What do we learn about Mexica society through this exhibition?

Its dynamism, political complexity, artistic achievements, and religious practices.

Why is the discovery of Tenochtitlán significant?

It revealed the existence of an advanced civilization beneath the modern city of Mexico.

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