The Mexica Hall at the National Museum of Anthropology (MNA) counts on with an interactive screen that allows a better understanding of the emblematic Sun Stone or Aztec Calendar, one of the most complex sculptures, even for specialists.

The interactive resource is result of a pilot project conceived a year ago, promoted by the Museum’s Board and executed by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) and the late Felipe Solis Olguin with the support of Chrysler Foundation, to facilitate the lecture of the monument found in 1790.

The set up of the screen represents a test stage, which would be followed by the installation of similar monitors in different halls of the museum. The touch-sensitive, high-definition screen integrates 2 parts, one called Details and the other Movements.

In the first one, each of the 5 concentric circles carved in the stone are explained, describing its iconography according to research conducted by specialists. The second part recounts the story of its finding and the 7 times it was moved until its arrival to MNA. Animations are accompanied by explicative texts in Spanish, English and French.  

During the presentation of the screen, Diana Magaloni, director of MNA, explained that the project was planned so infantile and juvenile publics can get closer to the monument around which the museum museography was designed.

She declared that Piedra del Sol is one of the most exact and interesting Mexica pieces, which lecture is highly complex. The screen helps to know general aspects of the iconography of each of the 5 rings, without further explanations, since the meaning has not been determined by researchers yet.

The museum’s director remarked the initiative of the Board to look for ways to provide halls with state of the art technology, so the museum discourse keeps valid during the 21st century; she thanked Chrysler Foundation for the resource that allowed the screen installation.

Ana Mondragon, director of the MNA Board, explained that putting the screen in operation costed 25,000 USD and 8 months of work to digitalize the whole structure, make animations and write texts, which were revised by the Mexica Hall curator, Bertina Olmedo.  

Salvador Ledon, president of Chrysler Foundation, remarked that for the company it is an honor to contribute to modernization of one of the most important museums in Mexico, providing an interactive program that makes visits more attractive, helping public to value the richness of Mexica cosmogony.