Museums to Enjoy in Mexico City

May 05, 2017

Museums in Mexico City

Mexico City is home to more than 150 museums, which makes narrowing them down quite a task. From iconic art to national history, these are some of Mexico City’s must-visit museums.

Museo Nacional de Historia
Also known as the National History Museum, Museo Nacional de Historia is housed in an impressive neo-Gothic cast;e that sits atop a hill, and has been around since the 1860s. This historic building used to be the official residence of emperor Maximiliano I, but today is home to a number of displays encompassing everything from historic documents to paintings and furniture. Visitors can also take a tour of the many rooms in the castle, including the bedroom that used to belong to Empress Carlota.

Museo Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo is one of the most iconic of Mexican artists, and this museum, which is housed in Coyoacan, used to actually be Kahlo’s house. Also referred to as the Blue House due to its eye-catching color scheme, Museo Frida Kahlo beautifully reflects the essence of the artist, with each room in this house gallery making it feel as though you are stepping into one of Kahlo’s vivid paintings yourself.

Museo Nacional de Arte: MUNAL
To begin with, the building in which the Museo Nacional de Arte: MUNAL is housed is the old Public Work Palace, and is absolutely spectacular, having been designed by Silvio Contri. Within the museum, visitors will find a mind-blowing collection of national pieces of art, ranging from the 16th century to the 1950’s. Expect to see pieces by masters such as Gerardo Murillo, Jose Maria Velasco, and Manuel Ocaranza.

Museo de Arte Popular
This is another of Mexico City’s art museums, but is one that is about so much more than pieces of art. In addition to the immersive permanent exhibits that you will find here, you will also be able to learn more about Mexcio’s roots when it comes to the arts, and how this has played such a significant role in local culture. The Mexican folk art pieces that you will see here will also definitely dazzle you, each accompanied with an erudite wall text, in both English and Spanish, to provide some background information.

Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Many consider the Museo Nacional de Antropologia to be one of the best museums in the city, if not the world, and, after paying it a visit, you are likely to agree that it certainly lives up to its reputation. This sprawling museum, which occupies an area of around 4100 square metres, has an impressive collection that is divided up into two categories, ethnology and archaeology, and there are 11 gallery rooms dedicated to each category. This collection is a fantastic introduction into Mexico’s unique culture, and the carefully curated temporary exhibits always help to round this out.

Whether you are into art, history, culture or anything else, you are likely to find a number of museums in Mexico City that appeal to you. While you will likely not be able to view them all in one visit, be sure to check out the above-mentioned museums, as they are, without a doubt, some of the city’s finest.

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