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Museum Guide for Mexico City

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In Mexico City, a place of beautiful castles, great houses, stately palaces, and spiritual sites, you can find incredible stories about Mexican history and how it has informed modern times. The Mexico of today is a compilation of the cultural influences of the pre-Hispanic period, the Spanish conquest, independence, and the revolution. These influences can be seen in the architecture, design, art, music, and food. If you want to truly discover these wonders, I recommend you visit the museums of Mexico City.

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Like a Local

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7 Places

Frida Kahlo Museum

Speciality Museums

Museo Casa De Leon Trotsky

Speciality Museums

Museo Nacional de las Culturas Populares

Speciality Museums

National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia)

Speciality Museums

Palacio de Bellas Artes

Art Museums

National Palace (Palacio Nacional)

Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Historic Sites, History Museums

Museo Soumaya

Speciality Museums

Lucero Lizbeth I's City Tips

  • The subway is a an easy to use form of transport.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes, and bring a small backpack for your day out.
  • Museums in Mexico City typically have an entry fee, but there are specific free visit dates.
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    Frida Kahlo Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Lucero Lizbeth I Says:

    The Frida Kahlo Museum is a beautiful and melancholic site, where you can see the artist's pictures and works and imagine how she lived. Frida Kahlo was a great artist and a great woman who managed to express her emotions through her art in trying personal and political times. The museum, a blue house in the Coyoacan borough, is where she lived when she was a girl and when she was married to artist Diego Rivera.

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    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Coyoacan Center is a great place to walk around and enjoy a historic part of the city. Visit the cathedral and eat a big ice cream or sip an artisanal coffee.
    • Reading about Frida Kahlo's life before your visit will allow you to appreciate the museum to its fullest!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 535 things to do in Mexico City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Highlight of Coyoccan visit 16/11/2017
    • Very interesting 16/11/2017
    • Frida Kahlo Museum
    Address:
    Calle Londres 247
    Col. Del Carmen, Coyoacan
    Mexico City 04100
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 55545999
    Other:
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    Museo Casa De Leon Trotsky
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    Lucero Lizbeth I Says:

    At the house of Marxist theorist and revolutionary Leon Trotsky, not only will you learn about his works, but also about how his story intertwined with those of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros. He lived imprisoned inside his house, and when you enter you can smell and see the sadness and despair of living in total confinement away from one’s country. It's a reflective place to learn about Trotsky's life, exile, and writing.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • I recommend making this a combined visit: First see Frida Kahlo’s house, then the nearby Leon Trotsky Museum, and stay for a film at the Trotsky Cine Club.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #42 of 535 things to do in Mexico City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Trotsky's house and garden 15/11/2017
    • I had not been in a while. 14/11/2017
    • Museo Casa De Leon Trotsky
    Address:
    Circuito Interior (Avenida Rio Churubusco) 410
    Del Carmen, Coyoacán
    Mexico City 04100
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 55 5658 8732
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Museo Nacional de las Culturas Populares
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    Lucero Lizbeth I Says:

    The food, music, dance, languages, architecture and handicrafts of Mexico are all components of its cultural expression and distinctive internationalism. At this museum, you can see photography, jewelry, and handmade items created by indigenous communities — Mexican folk art at its best!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Visit the market one block from the museum for a local vibe, and grab a traditional lunch or snack.
    • Closed on Mondays.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #139 of 535 things to do in Mexico City
    • Very interesting exhibits 04/01/2017
    • Not much to see 22/10/2016
    • Museo Nacional de las Culturas Populares
    Address:
    Avenida Hidalgo, 289
    Mexico City 04100
    Mexico
    Phone:
    52-5-5545030
    Hours:
    Tue - Thu
    10:00 - 18:00
    Fri - Sun
    10:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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    National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia)
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    Lucero Lizbeth I Says:

    This is the city's most important history museum, where you can learn about the different pre-Hispanic cultures that lived in Mexico. The National Museum of Anthropology holds a fascinating collection of objects and artifacts from the ancient American civilizations.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Go for a walk in nearby Chapultepec Park, where you can also visit the castle of Maximiliano and Carlota, the royal couple of Mexico 1864-1867.
    • Closed on Mondays.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 535 things to do in Mexico City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Incredible museum experience! 16/11/2017
    • A must see when in Mexico City 15/11/2017
    • National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia)
    Address:
    Avenida Paseo de la Reforma
    Chapultepec Polanco
    Mexico City 11560
    Mexico
    Phone:
    05 553 6266
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    09:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Palacio de Bellas Artes
    Art Museums
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    Lucero Lizbeth I Says:

    This impressive and wonderful construction project began in 1904 and was finished in 1934. At the Palacio de Bellas Artes, you can see the murals of international artists like Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Jose Clemente Orozco, Jorge Gonzalez Camarena, Rufino Tamayo, Manuel Rodriguez Lozano, and Roberto Montenegro. Come here to appreciate the importance of art in a place where history, politics, battles, music, painting, and dance have been juxtaposed throughout history.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • It's better walk here and appreciate the surrounding architecture: Visit the Palacio de Mineria and stop to admire the Postal Building.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 535 things to do in Mexico City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • OPERA in MEXICO CITY 16/11/2017
    • Beautiful Pallace in the heart of Mexico City 16/11/2017
    • Palacio de Bellas Artes
    Address:
    Avenida Juarez y Eje Central s/n
    Centro Histórico
    Mexico City 06050
    Mexico
    Phone:
    51 30 09 00 ext. 2528
    Other:
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    National Palace (Palacio Nacional)
    Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Historic Sites, History Museums
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    Lucero Lizbeth I Says:

    The National Palace has set the stage for numerous stages of Mexico's history: the Aztec (pre-Hispanic) empire, Spanish rule, the royal period, independence, and modern day. If you want to understand the Mexican people, come here to reflect on the importance of this succession and on the cultural influences of pre-Hispanic values, Spanish religion, French fashion, and North American capitalism.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • You will find many heritage sites nearby: the Cathedral, the Templo Mayor, and Centro Joyero.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 535 things to do in Mexico City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A gem 13/11/2017
    • One of the most most amazing places in Mexico 09/11/2017
    • National Palace (Palacio Nacional)
    Address:
    Avenida Pino Suarez, Corregidora esquina Guatemala
    Zócalo
    Mexico City 06060
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 55 3688 1255
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Museo Soumaya
    Speciality Museums
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    Lucero Lizbeth I Says:

    This museum, which opened its doors in 2011, is representative of modern life in Mexico. Its contemporary design, a centerpiece in Plaza Carso hear the Polanco metro, demonstrates great technological and architectural advancements. The building is brilliant and splendid, and the light of the sun, reflected on its surface, moves as you walk past. Inside, you will find a variety of pre-Hispanic, 19th and 20th century Mexican, and international artworks, with an emphasis on painting and sculpture.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Also in this area, you can visit Acuario Inbursa (the aquarium), shop at the mall in Plaza Carso, and sample international food at excellent restaurants.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 535 things to do in Mexico City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting building, smallish collection 17/11/2017
    • Amazing art collection, private art collection 16/11/2017
    • Museo Soumaya
    Address:
    Blvd Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 303
    Col Ampliacion Granada, Miguel Hidalgo
    Mexico City 11529
    Mexico
    Phone:
    52-5-5163731
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:30 - 18:30
    Other:
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