Friday, July 14, 2006

Patzcuaro Museum (Museo)

The Patzcuaro Museum is just a block up from Plaza Chica on the corner. Very interesting Indian Crafts (Purhépecha) from around the lake You can't take pictures inside but can in the courtyard. The required tour guides are great if you show an interest - give them a tip. I think the tour was only 30-40 pesos.

Well in the courtyard

An example of Purhépecha house construction

Pre-history ruins behind the museum

Table and chairs

Looking at the entrance and ticket table

Garden in the courtyard
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Patzcuaro is the ex-capital of Michoacan and before that was Tzintzuntzan, a small town nearby dating to the Purhépecha empire in the 1300's. The museum in Patzcuaro is finding ruins in it's back yard that predates history and they are believed to be earlier than the history of Tzintzuntzan. The Purhépecha were one of the indigenous tribes that were not conquered by the Aztecs

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