Monte Alban Museum, Archaeological Ruin Site Oaxaca, Mexico

Monte Alban Museum Hours

Monte Alban Archaeological Site in Oaxaca is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  A road leads to the site from the modern city of Oaxaca.  Buses reach the site and it is also possible to reach the site by taxi or private auto. Biking or hikng the steep hills is also an option.  Elevation gain 1,300 feet from the city, which lies at 5,000 feet above sea level.    Site open seven days, museum closed Mondays
. The huge site sprawls over three peaks with thousands of house sites and terraced fields still visible on the hillsides below the platform mound complexes which comprise the museum and site that is opened to the public.  Museum, restaurant, lavatories, and bookstore are located in the buildng at the site entrance.

Monte Alban Museum Artifacts

The tombs excavated at Monte Alban have yielded atrifacts such as urns burried with the royal dead. 
The most spectacular excavation, that of the 1932 Caso project, uncovered
Tomb 7 and the trove of Mixtec art and tomb offerings.  Those amber, obsidian, turquoise, and lost wax process gold objects are on display at the Santo Domingo Cutural Center.  The Tomb Seven offererings were left in the 14th century by the Mixtec people, a group that entered the region after the decline and abandonment of Monte Alban.  They used the Zapotec tombs to bury their royal dead, leaving the Tomb 7 offerings.

Monte Alban's  Zapotec builders  laid out the city with a north south orientation 1,300 feet above the River Atoyac and the alluvial Valley of Oaxaca.
Starting around
500 BC they quarried stone from the hilltop and flattened the center of the peak to make a broad level plaza while leaving remnants of the peak to the north and south.  By 300 AD the population had risen to 30,000 people by some estimates.
Early artwork demonstrates an Olmec style according to researchers.  Later influences came from Teotihuacan. 
The Zapotec residents built stone platforms running the length of the quarter-mile plaza, tombs, primarily on the eastern and northern slopes, and five ball courts, two of which have been excavated and stabilized.  
The Monte Alban Museum displays glyphs carved in 300 BC with Olmec artistic style depicting defeated leaders of neighboring villages in death some researchers have speculated.  Others researchers say the stones called the Danzantes (the Dancers)  depict sick and injured people and postulate that Monte Alban was a center for healing. 

Reach Monte Alban Museum

Near Hotel Rivera del Angel ( four blocks south, four blocks west of the Zocalo) Autobuses Turisticos operates a tour bus  for trips to Monte Alban.   
Round trip bus
50 Pesos.    Stay as long as you like. the last bus leaves the ruin 5:00 PM  Eight trips daily       Schedule
Monte Alban site open 9:00 Am to  5:00 PM         Allow
three to four hours to visit the ruin.  Museum Closed Monday

Note that the Archaeological site is at 6,300 feet elevation.
Bright sun can be hot in mid day

Monte Alban Archaeological Site Museum

Monte Alban Archaeological Ruin Site in Oaxaca, Mexico offers a museum at the entrance where artifacts that have been uncovered during excavations are displayed.  The huge, ancient city is one of the oldest stone building complexes in Mexico and it occupies three peaks above the City of Oaxaca.  .
Monte Alban Ruin has remnants of thousands of house sites and terraced fields  visible on the hillsides
Monte Alban museum displays skulls showing evidence of surgical proceedure performed at the hilltop city during its 500 BC to 800 AD occupation.
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Monte Alban Archaeological Ruin Site Museum is located at the visitors center near the entrance to the site.
The Museum at Monte Alban Archaeological Site displays artifacts from the ritual center built between  500 BC and 800 AD in Oaxaca Mexico

Monte Alban Archaeological Site

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Monte Alban Ruin Site as seen from the south platform.
Museum artifacts excavated from the tombs of Monte Alban are displayed
Museum artifacts include carved stone such as this,
a replica in place where it was found.  The original is in the museum
Monte Alban Site open seven days, museum closed Mondays
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