Most of the oldest artifacts in the permanent collection of the Mexican museum in San Francisco are either fake or don’t meet the national museum standards.

It turned out that only 83 of the 2000 artifacts of the pre-Hispanic museum collection can be considered authentic. Other 1917 are decoratives and are likely to be put into schools or smaller museums.

The museum council told reporters they were shocked by the investigation results conducted at the request of the Smithsonian Institute.

The Mexican Museum was founded in 1975 and worked as a public museum. In 2012 it became one of the branches of the Smithsonian Institution, which resulted in holding quality artifacts that can be exhibited to public.

"The first years the museum brought its collection mostly for donations and basically all the works were accepted," says Andrew Kluger, the chairman of the museum's board of trustees.

An independent team of museum managers from Mexico City conducted a study and presented their findings at the end of June. It should be noted that only 83 articles from the collection of the gallery were recognized as a museum quality. By the way, "a huge amount of modern ceramics that imitated archaeological artifacts, including a couple of high-quality fakes, was identified” among others.

The museum plans to check its entire collection (including more than 16,000 items stored) by 2019 to decide which works will remain in the museum and which ones should be banned.