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Situated in the old convent of the Siete Principes, this museum is the main center of cultural and artistic promotion in the community.
Although a Palacio de Gobierno has stood on this spot since the Zócalo's construction in the 16th Century, this version was built in 1832, to replace one that was destroyed by earthquakes. Today, the Palacio is being converted into a museum, and the main draw is the large, colorful mural by Arturo Bustos, featuring depictions of important people and events from throughout Oaxaca's history, dating back to the indigenous people before the arrival of the Spanish.
The archaeological site of Monte Albán is one of the most important historical sites in the entire state of Oaxaca, thus its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Just outside Oaxaca City, the ruins date back to the height of the Zapotec Empire, as far back as 500 BCE. The well preserved site features a ball court, various pyramids which visitors can climb, as well as an interesting museum featuring artifacts excavated from the site. The site, although not the largest ruin site, is still fairly large and visitors should allot at least several hours to properly explore. Buses to the site run from the Hotel Rivera del Ángel, in the Centro Historico of Oaxaca City.
Housed in a 17th-century building which has gone through many incarnations, the Museo de los Pintores Oaxaqueños exhibits works from, you guessed it, Oaxacan painters. Works range from 18th -entury paintings by Miguel Cabrera to works by beloved painter Rodolfo Morales. The revolving exhibitions feature all kinds of paintings, from realism to religious works, to erotic, indigenous and abstract. Also located on the first floor of the building is a tourist information desk, as the entire building was a tourist information office before it was the museum.
The Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Oaxaca, located in the historic center of the city is housed in an 18th-century building known as the Casa de Cortés. The building is fabled to have been the home of the famous Conquistador Hernan Cortés in Oaxaca, although history shows the building was constructed too late for this to be true. Regardless, the museum now housed here features modern artists from Oaxaca and all around Mexico. Exhibitions include ceramics, sculpture, photography, paintings and more. There are also various temporary exhibitions.
The Oaxaca Philatelic Museum features one of the best collections of Oaxacan and Mexican stamps in the country. The exhibitions come from the collection of José Cosino y Cosio, which also features some interesting international postal paraphernalia as well. The museum is located right next to the Templo de Santo Domingo.
Located in Oaxaca, Museo Regional del Estado de Oaxaca or Regional Museum of the State of Oaxaca traces the history and culture of the city. Housed inside the former convent of Santo Dominigo built in the 16th Century, it has a sterling collection of exhibits from the history of Oaxaca.
The Oaxaca Cultural Center museum (Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca) is adjacent to the Templo de Santo Domingo, in the former convent section of the building. Visitors enter into a spacious courtyard, from which you will be led to the Biblioteca (Library) de Francisco Burgoa, featuring an impressive collection of centuries old works. Upstairs, rooms feature treasures excavated from various archaeological sites of the region, including impressive rooms full of artifacts recovered from Monte Albán. This museum is one of the most comprehensive histories of Oaxaca you will find in the entire state. The museum also features an ethnobotanical garden, which visitors can only visit on a guided tour.