- Archaeology room: it exhibits objects of the Olmeca, Maya, Zoque and Chiapas Cultures, which inhabited the territory of the State of Chiapas in pre-Hispanic times. The room is divided in four periods:
- Prehistory in Chiapas: (8000-2000 BC), explains the theory of the population of America and recreates the environment in which these human groups developed. It also exhibits ancient tools made of stone.
- Forming or Pre classical period: (2000 BC - 300 AD), the first human settlements emerge. The object called "the dancer", a man - jaguar that appears to be dancing (1000-300 BC), stands out. There are other objects that are testimony of the commercials relationship between the people of Chiapas and those of the centre of Mexico (Teotihuacán).
- Classical Period: (300-900 AD) the cultural and artistic tendencies that developed before the year 1000 BC flourished on this stage.
- Postclassical period: (1000-1524 AD), illustrates how the Mexicas conquered the peoples of the region and the trading routes they used.
- History room: it exhibits objects ranging from the period of the conquest up to the Mexican revolution. It has a huge collection of wooden masks, weapons and implements of war, colonial items for religious purposes and important documents, amongst other objects.
885 Hombres Ilustres Street (former Madero Park), Tuxtla Gutierrez.
(52-961) 20459 / 34501
Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:00 hours till 16:00 hours.
Mondays to Saturdays the entrance is free for students, teachers and members of the National Institute of the Third Age (INSEN). Access is free for everybody on Sundays.
Museum of Palaeontology Eliseo Palacios:
it is unique in Mexico's Southeast due to its characteristics. Its 7 rooms show fossil remains of vegetal, invertebrates and vertebrates coming from almost all of the municipalities within the State of Chiapas.
Its collection embraces more than 200 fossils whose antiquity oscillates between 300 million and 10 thousand years. Its main treasure is the reconstruction of the giant ground sloth, or "giant beast", the largest land mammal inhabiting America during the Pleistocene.
Another one of its exhibits is the "Amber from Chiapas", showing pieces of fossil resin with insects trapped inside. Besides, this Museum inaugurated on October the 21st of 2002, has a laboratory in exhibition, in which visitors can watch the restoration and conservation works on the fossils carried out by the palaeontologists.
Hombres Ilustres Street unnumbered, Tuxtla Gutierrez.
(52-961) 60002 / 60054
Tuesdays to Fridays from 10:00 hours till 17:00 hours. Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 hours till 16:00 hours.
general public 5 pesos, save children and members of the National Institute of the Third Age (INSEN), who get in for free.