Rufino Tamayo Museum, officially named “Museo de Arte Prehispánico de México Rufino Tamayo” (“Museum of Prehispanic Art of Mexico Rufino Tamayo”) opened of January 29th, 1974 in dedication to Rufino Tamayo, a Oaxacan painter whose work was mostly inspired on prehispanic art and donated his extensive collection to it.
It is said that the museum pays tribute to three important eras in the history of Mexico: The prehispanic era, for its artworks, the New Spain era, for the colonial building it is set in, and the modern era, for the modern selection of artists that made the museum possible.
The museum is divided into five sections which contain over a thousand archaeological pieces. Every section is painted into a different colour, designed by Tamayo himself.
Aside from the artwork showcase, the museum also hosts concerts, competitions, conferences and more in order to promote Mexican and international culture. Temporary exhibitions featuring paintings, photography, ceramic sculpture and more are also hosted in the museum.