One of the finest museums in Mexico, the Museo Amparo (Amparo Museum) in Puebla hosts temporary exhibitions and houses a large collection of Pre-Hispanic, colonial, modern, and contemporary Mexican art. The Amparo Museum is funded by the Amparo Foundation, a charitable organization which was founded by Manuel Espinosa Yglesias in memory of his late wife Amparo. It opened its doors in February 1991.
The Amparo Museum is housed in two colonial buildings, one a mansion, the other a former hospital. These buildings were brilliantly adapted to display the impressive collection, and the displays, besides offering insight into the different cultures and periods of Mexico, show what was happening concurrently in the rest of the world. The museum is a pioneer in interactive multimedia and the displays are complemented by video and interactive displays.
As you walk through the Amparo Museum's eight rooms dedicated to Pre-Hispanic Mexico, you'll see over 2000 pieces which were carefully selected to represent Mexico's early civilizations. These include vases, figures, stelae, altars, sculptures and tools. Unlike other museums, the displays are not organized by geographic region, but rather, each room has an overarching theme which allows you to see a panorama of Mesoamerican civilizations. A highlight of this section of the museum is the large timeline that takes up a whole wall and shows the history of Mexico from the earliest times to the present, and draws parallels with other cultures.
The Amparo Museum's collection of colonial art on the second floor is exhibited within a setting that recreates a colonial home - this was, in fact, the home of the Espinosa family - and gives you an idea of what the home of a wealthy family of the period would have looked like. The collection includes furniture and decorative objects; you'll see beautifully carved wood and polychrome ivory, silverware, and much of the Talavera pottery for which Puebla is famous. Don't miss the collection of images of the Virgin of Guadalupe.