Olmec Head Gift from Xalapa Arrives Safely in Omaha

Thank you, Xalapa, Mexico!  “The King” Olmec Head replica, a gift from the Museo de Antropología de Xalapa to Omaha, has safely arrived in Omaha.

The Museo de Antropología de Xalapa is an anthropological museum in the city of Xalapa, in the state of Veracruz, in eastern Mexico. One of Omaha’s six sister cities.  Opened in 1986, the museum houses the largest collection of artifacts from Mexican Gulf Coast cultures such as the Olmec, the Huastec and the Totonac with more than 25,000 pieces. The most notable pieces in the museum are the giant Olmec heads and the smaller Totonac ones, which are called “caritas sonrientes” (little smiling faces) in Spanish. The museum also contains a beautiful 40,000-square-meter garden.

Read more about the Xalapa Anthropology Museum on their website

This is a photo of the Olmec Head after its’ unloading by Union Pacific at the Henry Doorly Zoo.

Look for the date of an upcoming celebration/dedication to say THANK YOU to all those involved and
to honor the acceptance of this incredible gift from our fifth sister city, Xalapa, Mexico – “The City of Flowers”!