INAH. National Institute of Anthropology and History

  • CATEGORY: Museums, Institute
  • PHONES: (55) 4166 0780 al 84


The National Institute of Anthropology and History, INAH, is a federal government organism founded in 1939 to guarantee the research, conservation, protection and spreading of the pre-historical, archaeological, historical and paleontological heritage of Mexico. Its creation has been fundamental to preserve Mexico’s cultural heritage.

Nowadays, the Institute carries out its function through a structure composed of a Technical Secretary, responsible of supervising the fundamental work whose tasks are done through seven national offices and 31 regional centers located in the states of Mexico. This organization is responsible of more than 110,000 historical monuments built between the 16th and 19th centuries and 29,000 archaeological zones registered in the whole country and it is in charge of a network of 120 museums in Mexico.

An essential task is the academic research, for which more than 800 academics work in the fields of History, Social Anthropology, Archaeology, Linguistics, Ethnohistory, Ethnology, Physical Anthropology, Architecture, Conservation of Heritage and Restoration. This task is complemented with the education of professionals in the National School of Anthropology and History in Mexico City, the School of Anthropology of Northern Mexico in Chihuahua as well as the Manuel del Castillo Negrete National School of Preservation, Restoration and Museology in the capital of the country.

On the other hand, the Institute integrates a set of documentary archives like the National Library of Anthropology and History that gathers the biggest collection of publications in historical and anthropological fields in Mexico, besides the fact that there are housed documentary funds and codices of historical significance.

There is also the National System of Photographic Libraries, composed of 17 centers distributed in Mexico (the most important is located in Pachuca, Hidalgo) and that altogether house a real iconographic richness.


Hamburgo No. 135 421, Col. Juárez, C.P. 6600, México, Ciudad de México


From Monday to Friday, 09:00 - 18:00 hrs.


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Tel. (55) 4166 0780 al 84