• INAH-Museo Arqueológico de Mazatlán
    INAH-Museo Arqueológico de Mazatlán
  • INAH-Museo Arqueológico de Mazatlán
    INAH-Museo Arqueológico de Mazatlán
  • INAH-Museo Arqueológico de Mazatlán
    INAH-Museo Arqueológico de Mazatlán
Museo Arqueológico de Mazatlán
Housed in a mansion from the Porfiriato period, since 1989 the museum has shown temporary fine art exhibitions and a large collection of pre-Hispanic pieces from the indigenous peoples of Sinaloa, particularly fine pottery and human terracotta figures.

About the museum
The museum offers a glimpse of the pre-Hispanic culture of the region. It was opened in 1989 in a late-nineteenth-century mansion, first under the management of the Sinaloa State Government, and then under INAH from 1998. Since then it has seen constant improvement to its exhibitions, additions to the collection and enhancements to visitor facilities. The museum has a temporary exhibition gallery for the display of photographs, paintings, sculpture and exhibitions of items on loan from other collections. There are four permanent galleries displaying around 300 objects, notably red, black and cream colored ceramics, earthenware pitchers, terracotta human figures showing the clothing and jewelry of pre-Hispanic peoples, spindle whorls (malacates) and stone axes, clay pipes and obsidian arrow tips and knives. The funerary customs and the ballcourts (known as ulama) are particularly important. A funerary urn with a number of skeletons symbolizing the return to the uterus of the mother earth stands out, as does the exquisitely finished codex-style pottery from Aztatlan, which probably originated in Sinaloa; plus the ceramic representation of a warrior or priest, prepared for a ritual with a shield and horns, given that in pre-Hispanic Mexico these were symbols of power. There is also information on the Spanish conquest of the state.

The city’s history and archeology museum was founded on the initiative of Mazatlan historian and journalist, José C. Valadés. One of the displays still features a selection of the excellent photographs he took of ancient Sinaloan sites and monuments such as the ulamas and the finds which arrived at the museum, alongside the important donation by the artist Carmen Parra, consisting of items from the shaft tombs of Nayarit and Jalisco, and material from the Comala tradition of Colima, the Tarascan Plateau, the Veracruz coastal plain and even from Teotihuacan and Tenochtitlan, as well as from its area of influence.

The Northeast Archeological Region was established in 1966 under the charge of archeologist Héctor Gálvez. The team he headed up and managed produced fruitful research based on the archeological remains of the Sinaloan sites of: Mezcales, Villa Unión, Siqueiros, El Walamo, Chametla and Escuinapa, and the Nayarit sites of: San Felipe, Tecuala, Las Varas and Centispac. Some of the key finds from these excavations are now in the museum’s collection. Among the valuable finds which came from Héctor Gálvez’s work is a tripod vessel which appears to represent a figure whose face is covered by the skin of a sacrificial victim; a feature shared with the two pre-Hispanic deities from Mexico: Xipe-Totec and Tlazolteotl, both closely linked to fertility, nevertheless the type of labrets and headdress lead the vessel to be interpreted as representing Tlazolteotl, the goddess of sexuality.
August 1989
Practical information
Temporalmente cerrado

Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 18:00 hrs

$65.00 pesos

  • Extra fee for video cameras
  • Sundays free for Mexican citizens
  • Free entrance for Mexicans under 13 years old
  • Free entrance for Mexican students and teachers
  • Free entrance for Mexican senior citizens
  • No Smoking
  • No entry with food
  • Pets not allowed
Sixto Osuna No. 76, esquina Venustiano Carranza,
Colonia Centro Histórico, C.P. 82000,
Mazatlán, Sinaloa, México.

In the historic center of Mazatlan, the museum is half a block from the coastal promenade, and three and a half blocks from Plazuela Machado.

  • Accesibilidad
  • Biblioteca
  • Módulo de información
  • Sanitarios
  • Toma corriente
  • Visitas guiadas
  • Wifi
  • +52 (669) 981 1455
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Alma Natalia Tunaal Arvallo
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Departamento de Comunicación Educativa
Daniel Humberto Torres Ramírez
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Colección del museo
Museo Arqueológico de Mazatlán
Museo Arqueológico de Mazatlán
Exposición Temporal
Museo Arqueológico de Mazatlán
Cubes and colors
Exposición Temporal
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Ululayu: por favor, lea poesía
Exposición Temporal
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Museo Arqueológico de Mazatlán
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