Mexico City is one of the largest cities in the world and that means there is a whole lot to see and do during your visit. Restaurants and food stands abound, history is tangible, and the city seems to have an energy that makes you want to go out and explore. Even though it is one of the largest cities in the world, it’s also one of the most affordable. You won’t break the bank exploring this modern metropolis. You’ll find plenty of restaurants where you can experience great authentic Mexican cuisine and plenty of attractions to peak your interest. Some of these attractions include museums. You’ll definitely want to make time for some Mexico City Museums. In fact, Mexico City has the second highest number of museums in the world. When it comes to museums, Paris is the only city that surpasses it. That means there is a museum or two for everyone in the city. While there is more than enough to keep you busy, you will likely end up in a Mexico City Museum during your visit.
Here are a few museums I think you should make time in your schedule to visit. Just remember, many Mexico City museums are closed on Mondays, so you’ll want to plan accordingly.
Mexico City Museums
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
This museum is located within Chapultepec Park in Mexico City and is dedicated to archaeological and anthropological artifacts from Mexico’s history. Most of the artifacts date to Pre-Columbian times. This is where you will see the Stone of the Sun (also known as the Aztec calendar) and Xochipilli statue. This Mexico City museum is the largest and most visited in Mexico. Make sure you schedule enough time to explore it because it could take you several hours.
Address: Av. Paseo de la Reforma s/n, Polanco, Bosque de Chapultepec I Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Palacio de Bellas Artes
While not technically a museum, Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes is an important cultural center. The institution has hosted many notable events in music, dance, theatre, and opera. It’s also played host to literary figures and sometimes has exhibits focused on painting, sculpture, and photography. It’s also located next to the Alameda Central Park which is filled with sculptures and outdoors public art. If nothing else, it’s a stunning building and well worth the visit to snap a photo.
Address: Av. Juárez, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, 06050 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Chapultepec Castle is located on top of Chapultepec hill and is the only royal castle in the Americas. It was built for the Spanish Viceroy Bernando de Galvez. Eventually it would become the home of Emperor Maximilian I and his wife, Empress Carlota. However, it is now the National Museum of History. A visit to this Mexico City museum means exploring history, the castle, and taking in the incredible views.
Address: Bosque de Chapultepec I Secc, 11100 Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
The Templo Mayor, or Great Temple in English, was the main temple of the Mexica people in their capital city of Tenochtitlan. When the Spanish conquered what is now Mexico, they destroyed the temple complex and began building their own churches and other buildings on top of the ruins. It is now a museum where you can walk through the remains of the Templo Mayor and see many artifacts. This Mexico City museum is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site along with the nearby Zocalo, main plaza of Mexico City, and the historic center.
Address: Seminario 8, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Cuauhtémoc, 06060 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Museo de Pulque y las Pulquerias
This Mexico City museum pays homage to a slightly alcoholic traditional beverage of Mexico called Pulque. The beverage is made from a specific type of agave plant and has been consumed in Mexico for more than 3000 years. You can gain a historical overview of the beverage and see many of the tools used to produce it. The museum is only two rooms but also includes a Pulqueria (Pulque Bar) downstairs where you can use your ticket to try a shot of the drink.
Address: Av. Hidalgo 107-109, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Guerrero, 06300 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Museo Frida Kahlo
The Frida Kahlo Museum, also known as the Blue House, is dedicated to the life and works of famed Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo. The museum is actually situated in what was once the artist’s home. Aside from exploring the home where Frida Kahlo was born, grew up, and died in, you can explore a large collection of her work and also the work of her husband Diego Rivera. Located in the Coyoacán neighborhood of Mexico City, it is one of the most popular and most visited museums in the city. Buy your tickets online ahead of time and you’ll get in much quicker. There will be lines so be prepared to wait.
Address: Londres 247, Del Carmen, 04100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Museo del Jugete Antiguo
Mexico City’s old toy museum houses over 20,000 toys from the early 20th Century and offers visitors a history lesson through the playthings. The toys range from the 19th Century all the way to the 1980s which are arranged in a delightfully chaotic way, much the same as a child organizes their bedroom. If you love toys and fun then this is the museum for you!
Address: Calle Dr Olvera 15, Doctores, 06720 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Museo de Arte Popular
This Mexico City museum promotes and preserves Mexican handcrafts and folk art. It is located in an old fire house and its collection includes pottery, piñatas, alebrijes, furniture, toys, glass, paintings, textiles and anything else you can think of. It’s a truly one-of-a-kind museum and well worth a visit. It’s also one of the least visited larger museums in Mexico City so you won’t have to deal with huge crowds.
Address: Revillagigedo 11, Colonia Centro, Centro, 06050 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Museo del Objeto del Objeto
Out of all the Mexico City museums, this might be the most unique for its crazy collection of just about everything. The focus of the museum is to chronicle the history and culture of commercial, promotional, and advertorial design in Mexico and the world. It does so with a collection that examines the everyday items we’ve interacted with in the last 200 years. But, as humans, we love to collect things and this museum really pays homage to the collector in all of us.
Address: Colima 145, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Museo Dolores Olmedo
If you’re hoping to see more artwork by Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Angelina Beloff, then you’ll definitely need to visit the Museo Dolores Olmedo. It houses the greatest collection of artwork by these artists (125 by Diego Rivera and 25 by Frida Kahlo) along with their scripts and drawings. It’s also home to over 6,000 pre-Hispanic figurines and sculptures. A very neat aspect is its live animals as well which include geese ducks, peacocks, and Xoloitxcuintles (Mexican hairless dogs).
Address: Av Mexico 5843, La Noria, 16030 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
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