The Olmecs and the cultures of the Gulf of Mexico exhibition at the Quai Branly Museum, 9th October – 25th July 2021

The Quai Branly Museum, not far from our hotels, has a new exhibition on showing the little-know world of pre-Columbian cultures of the Gulf of Mexico – over three millennia of history!

Exposition Les Olmèques et les cultures du golfe du Mexique au Musée du Quai Branly du 9 octobre 2020 au 25 juillet 2021

The civilisation of the Olmecs was largely unknown until the second half of the 19th century, despite the fact that it played an essential role in the history of Mexico.

The new exhibition at the Quai Branly Museum contains over 300 exhibits – some of which have never been seen outside of Mexico – in order to show the incredible diversity of the pre-Columbian world.

Exposition Les Olmèques et les cultures du golfe du Mexique au Musée du Quai Branly du 9 octobre 2020 au 25 juillet 2021
© Archivo Digital de las Colecciones del Museo Nacional de Antropología. INAH-CANON

Among the key exhibits, you’ll see:

— a colossal sculpted head (only discovered in 1946) nearly two metres high,

— a spectacular sculpture showing a human holding a supernatural-looking being in their arms, which was discovered by two children in a village in 1965, and

— a group of sixteen human figurines, only one of which is in granite, with six polished blades behind them like large blocks os stone.

Exposition Les Olmèques et les cultures du golfe du Mexique au Musée du Quai Branly du 9 octobre 2020 au 25 juillet 2021
© Archivo Digital de las Colecciones del Museo Nacional de Antropología. INAH-CANON

Linked with the exhibition, you may be ineterested in:

— a study day to be held in January 2021,

— an audioguide, guided visits (12 years and up) or storytelling visits (6 years and up),

— a special late-night event on Thursday 14th January 2021 with Mexican cuisine as its theme (yum!), and

— a free before party called ¡México! on Friday 5th March 2021 from 7-9pm, with performances, concerts, workshops, a DJ set…

A catalogue of the exhibition is also available (256 pages, 45€ here at amazon.fr).

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The exhibition Les Olmèques et les cultures du golfe du Mexique (The Olmecs and the cultures of the Gulf of Mexico) is at the Quai Branly Museum (here) from 9th October – 25th July 2021

Open every day except Mondays from 10.30am-7pm (10pm Thursdays)

Admission: 12€ / 9€

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