Conclusion and Bibliography

Museums are a space to broadcast art, ancient antiquities, and tell a story that guides the visitor from the past to the present. The development of a national museum takes a lot of work and thinking of how to best portray your nation through both the good and the bad. While Mexico received a lot of its influence through colonization from Europe, they also can connect to the vast civilizations of their past. In doing this they can project their own thoughts and identity from what the rest of the world sees. The National Museum of Mexico was among the first national museums to have developed because of this we are able to see how they progressed in their implementation. Since they are part of a civilization that was deemed to need to be colonized we can see how this impacted Mexican art and their identity moving forward. 

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