Don’t let the Mexican food, music and culture distract you from the AMAZING museums in Mexico City. The rumor is that MX City has more than 150 museums! Compare this to New York City’s measly 120 (or thereabouts). You could spend months visiting all of these, but don’t worry. We’ve picked the 5 best museums you CAN’T MISS visiting while in Mexico City, so you don’t have to!
This first museum you may have already heard of. Famous for its archeological artifacts, the Museo Nacional de Antropología holds an important collection of pre-hispanic art. This museum is the 7th largest in the WORLD, based on gallery space. With permanent and temporary exhibits galore, you could spend days here. Definitely dedicate an afternoon for your visit. And when you go, don’t forget to check out the famous Aztec Sun Stone!
If you go to Mexico City, the Frida Kahlo Museum is a must do. Iconic artist, Frida Kahlo, was born, lived and raised in the cobalt-blue house that now serves as her namesake museum.
This place gives you a look into Frida’s tumultuous life, with her art, memorabilia and personal items scattered around the house. Considering that this museum is a sort of pilgrimage, even among the locals, our pro tip is to go on the weekdays or get there early on weekends!
LocalAventura tip: Visit Frida’s neighborhood on a Frida Kahlo bike tour that takes you around her old stomping grounds. Itinerary also includes colorful neighborhoods, markets, snacks, and a guided tour through the museum.
History-buffs can step right up to this 18th-19th century Chapultepec Castle (inside is where Museo Nacional de Historia is located), once the residence of Emperor Maximilian and his wife Carlotta (Charlotte). Not only does this castle display rooms with era-matching furniture, but it also has an excellent exhibition on Mexican history from the Aztecs, to the conquest, and on through to the 20th century. This castle museum is located in Chapultepec Park, a beautiful green space with great views over Mexico City.
Bonus: this is the only royal castle in the Americas!
Located in the old Palace of Communications, the MUNAL (Museo Nacional de Arte) holds both Mexican and international art in a beautiful neoclassical building that is worth a look at. The collection highlights Mexican art from the early colonial period to the mid 20th century with several works by José María Velasco. This museum has been known to host excellent temporary exhibits, so be sure to check their website during you stay! Pro tip: Sundays are free!
This is the perfect place to visit if you are an architect enthusiast visiting Mexico City. Built in 1932-4, the exterior of the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Arte is a Neoclassical and Art Nouveau design, complemented by an Art Deco interior. The building itself is worth seeing, not to mention the artistic murals by Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros waiting for you inside. The palace is also the frequent host for notable music, dance, theatre and opera events for Mexico City.
Want to know more about these museums? Or are you interested in other cultural places Mexico City has to offer? Contact one of our LocalAventura experts for some tips on what to do and see in Mexico City! We are always happy to help.