A 1,500-piece exhibition of Mexican history titled “La Grandeza de México” (“The Grandeur of Mexico”) was inaugurated on Monday, Sept. 27, by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

The exhibit, which celebrates 200 years of the consummation of the country’s independence, a date commemorated that same day with parades and a gala reenactment of the events leading up to the nation’s independence, is being held in two separate venues in Mexico City, the National Museum of Anthropology and History in Chapultepec Park, and the main building of the Public Education (SEP) Secretariat, in the Historic Center.

Speaking during AMLO’s daily press conference at the National Palace just hours before the opening, Mexican Culture Secretary Alejandra Fraustro said that of the 1,500 pieces in the collection, more than 900 are being exhibited publicly for the first time.

“All of Mexican history is represented in the collection, from the pre-classic period to the 20th century, a demonstration that the history of this country did not begin just 500 years ago,” Fraustro said.

She went on to say that, among the pieces that the exhibition will include, are “replicas of codices recently donated by the Vatican.”

The exhibit is set to remain open to the public through December.

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