The Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca is part of the Santo Domingo Cultural Center, that is comprised of the Templo de Santo Domingo, the historical botanical garden, the Fray Francisco de Burgoa Library and the Néstor Sánchez Newspaper Archive of Oaxaca.
The museum is located in the upper part of the former convent, and has 14 permanent exhibition rooms and 13 thematic rooms, which, through rudimentary pieces, works of art and archaeological remains, offers visitors an overview of 10 thousand years of history in the state of Oaxaca, from the earliest sedentary settlements and the flourishing of the great pre-Hispanic cultures, conquest and colonization, the era of independence, up to the 20th century.
The Museum is composed of the following rooms: Millennial cultures (10,000 BC - 200 AD), Thriving Times (200 - 900 AD), Treasures of the 7th Tomb- The Ladies (900 - 1521 AD), Contact and Conquest (16th century), Spiritual Conquest of the Past (16th and 17th centuries), Indigenous Answers (16th - 18th century), Matter and Spirit (16th - 18th century), Emergence of the New Nation (late 18th - mid 19th century), Order and Progress (1876 - 1911), Images of the Twentieth Century, Indigenous Communal Life (today), Redefining Community Circle ( today), and Santo Domingo: History and Discoveries (16th - 20th century).
There are 13 small areas located between halls 5 and 7, for interactive activities and learning through multimedia technology.
The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 8:00. There is a entrance fee for admission.