Aficionados of art, culture, and history have several excellent museums to choose from in the city. Three stand out, though. Foremost among them is the Museo Nacional de las Culturas de Oaxaca. Housed in the former monastery of the Iglesia de Santo Domingo, the museum is dedicated to the preservation of Oaxaca's cultural and historical heritage, exhibiting many of the state's most important objects of art, artifact, and antiquity, spanning the pre-Columbian to the modern eras.
Next, visit the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, displaying contemporary artists of local, national, and even international renown. After that, take in the Museo de Arte Prehispánico de México Rufino Tamayo, exhibiting the namesake’s personal collection of pre-Hispanic art, each piece treated and exhibited as an object of creative expression, the emphasis on the aesthetic, not the archaeological. And lastly, the brief descriptions of the remaining museums should help with deciding on which, if any, to visit next.