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Museo del Fuego Nuevo, Estado de Veracruz

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Contact: +52 55 5686 9443
Open Hours: 10a-6p Tu-Su
The museum's name is derived from a ceremony that was conducted on Cerro del Huizache, now known as Cerro de la Estrella or Star Hill, before the arrival of the Spanish. Considered to be a Native American ceremony of paramount importance, it was held every fifty-two years, and was intended to renew the fire of the sun, ensuring the cycle of life. The collection consists of more than five hundred exhibits such as arrowheads, scrapers and ceramic figurines, all displayed in fairly new installations that were inaugurated in January 1998. The museum is located within the Cerro de la Estrella Ecological Park, which is also home to the Fuego Nuevo Pyramid. It is possible to climb to the top of this latter construction by way of the steps running up the side, or by using the graded passages that wind around the perimeter.