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We cannot possibly list all of México City's more than 150 museums.  We have tried to list a few of the most important, along with some that are not so important, but interesting anyway.  The following list should help you decide which museums you want to visit.  Admission prices vary, but all are very reasonable. 

Many of México City's museums offer free admission on Sundays and holidays.  Some, not all, are closed on Mondays.

 

Museums (Museos) Location Telephone
     
Museo Nacional de Antropología...Extensive collection of artifacts, spanning some 100,000 square feet.  This is one of the finest anthropological museums anywhere in the world and certainly the most important in México. The ground floor focuses on the native cultures and societies of México before the Spanish conquest. The famous Aztec sun stone is displayed among the extraordinary collection of artwork from the indigenous population. The museum also provides information about how the descendents of these cultures live today.  Chapultepec Park - Sec.1 5553-1902
Museo Templo Mayor...contains over 3,000 pieces unearthed from this site and from other sites in central México. The centerpiece is an 8 ton disk discovered at the Templo Mayor depicting the moon goddess Coyolxauhqui. Seminario 8 5542-4784
Museo de Arte Moderno...This museum contains an excellent collection of modern art focusing on the works of Mexican artists. Exhibits include Mexican painting, lithography, sculpture, and photography. Chapultepec Park - Sec.1 5553-6233
Museo Nacional de Arte...Exhibits here feature mostly Mexican artists. A whole room is devoted to plastic arts, of México, from the 1930s to the 1960s. Other rooms feature revolving exhibits of contemporary painters, sculptors, lithographers, and photographers from around the world. Calle Tacuba 8 5521 7320
Museo Rufino Tamayo...This impressive building houses Tamayo’s fine collection of art that includes paintings and sculptures from Picasso, Miro, and Warhol, as well as works by the renowned Mexican muralists. Chapultepec Park - Sec.1 5286-6519
Centro Cultural de Arte Contemporáneo...Permanent collections are impressive, additionally exhibits from the Louvre and the Prado are occasionally displayed here. The Center also houses an intriguing  Photographic Art section and many amazing pre-Hispanic artifacts. Campos Elíseos 5282 0355
Museo Nacional de Historia...The Chapultepec Castle was the former home of Maximilian and is the current home of the National Museum of History. Visitors to the castle can inspect the various salons, with their opulent furnishings and a the splendid imperial carriage. Murals by Orozco, Siqueiros and O´Gorman are also housed here. The incredible view of the city and manicured grounds make the trip to the castle even more spectacular. Chapultepec Park - Sec.1 5553-6224
Museo de Frida Kahlo...Frida Kahlo was born here and lived with Diego Rivera off and on from 1929 until her death in 1954. This is a fascinating museum and Kahlo's personality is reflected in this house. Giant papier-mâché skeletons outside to the gloriously decorated kitchen and even the bric-a-brac in her bedroom.  Londres 247
Coyoacán
5554-5999
Museo José Luis Cuevas...One of downtown's newer museums in a refurbished former convent. Superb collection of contemporary art, as well as work by México's José Luis Cuevas, who is one of the country's best contemporary artist.  The sensational La Giganta , Cuevas's 8-ton bronze sculpture is on display in the central patio. Academia 13 5542-8959

Museo del Palacio Nacional: Built from the ruins of the Aztec temple, the palace was erected on the site of the former palace of Moctezuma, and Cortés   maintained his headquarters here. The original building has undergone countless changes in the past four centuries. Today the National Palace houses the offices of the president and the Finance Ministry. The central staircase and mezzanine are decorated with some of Diego Rivera´s most stirring murals, giving a vivid pictorial history of Mexico.

East side of the Zócalo 5542-6466

Museo Mural Diego Rivera: This museum's only treasure is Diego Rivera´s mural "Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park," an engaging depiction of famous political, entertainment and society figures of the time.

Balderas at Colón 5510-2329

Museo Franz Mayer:  This building dates to the 16th century. Beautifully restored, it houses a vast collection of exquisite colonial-era art and rare items accumulated by Mayer and donated to the people of México. This museum features mostly functional pieces, such as furniture, watches, trunks, utensils and altarpieces.

Ave.  Hidalgo 45

5518-2270

Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes:  Mexico´s principal opera house and home of the National Folkloric Ballet, features important murals and several exhibit halls.  An architectural masterpiece inside and out, its interiors are a beautiful blend of art nouveau and art deco. The main theater boasts a magnificent Tiffany stained-glass curtain.  The curtain depicts the Valley of México and its two imposing volcanoes, Popocatépetl and Iztacihuatl.

Lázaro Cárdenas
and Av. Juárez
5512-2593

Museo de la Ciudad de México:  Housed in a colonial era masterpiece, the museum documents the history of México City
since pre-Columbian times.

Pino Suárez 30 5542-0671

Museo de San Ildefonso: This site of major temporary art exhibits showcases early Mexican mural art, especially by José Clemente Orozco. 

Justo Sierra 160

5702-2834

Museo del Niño - Papalote:  Described by The New York  Times as one of the largest and most technologically sophisticated "touch and do" museums in the world.  This museum contains over 200 interactive exhibits grouped into five different themes related to the arts, science and technology. An IMAX theatre screens breathtaking films on Mexican culture, archaeology and other interesting topics.

Chapultepec Park - Sec. 2

5237-1781

Poliforum Cultural Siqueiros:  Few in this world ever get the opportunity to build monuments to themselves.  That is just what renowned muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros has done with his Poliforum. The upper level houses one of the largest murals ever painted, "The March of Humanity," covering an area of 27,000 square feet. The three-dimensional mural, or  "sculpto-painting," is a combination of metals and acrylics on asbestos-concrete panels over iron. Poliforum adjoins the World Trade Center.

Insurgentes Sur
at
Filadelfia
5536-4522

Museo-Estudio Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera: The famous artist couple lived in this 1930s avant-garde abode with separate houses for each of them from 1934 to 1940, when they divorced. Rivera stayed on until his death in 1957. The museum has only a few examples of Rivera´s art and none of Frida´s, but features a lot of memorabilia.

Diego Rivera 2
San Angel
5548-3032

Museo Anahuacalli: This dramatic museum was designed by Diego Rivera to house his own collection of pre-Hispanic art, mostly of pottery and stone figures.  The fortress like building is made of dark volcanic stone and incorporates many pre-Hispanic stylistic features. It also contains one of his studios and some of his work.

Calle del Museo 150
Coyoacán

5617-4310

Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil: This museum has a permanent collection of first-rank Mexican artists, with numerous works by Rivera, Siqueiros and Orozco.  Temporary exhibits are excellent too.

Revolución No. 1608
San Angel
5550-6298

Museo del Carmen: This museum is in the former monastic quarters to one side of the Iglesia del Carmen.  Mainly devoted to colonial-era furniture and religious art.  A big tourist attraction are the mummified bodies in the crypt, which are thought to be 18th-century monks, nuns and gentry.

Av. Revolución 4
San Angel
5550-4896
Museo de San Carlos: Housed in a charming mansion that was designed by Manuel Tolsá, this museum contains a fine selection of European art, part of which was donated by the King of Spain in the 18th century. Puente de Alvarado 50
Centro Historico
5592 3721

Museo Dolores Olmedo: The Olmedo museum has perhaps the biggest and most important Diego Rivera collection of all. It is a fascinating place, set in a peaceful 16th-century hacienda with large gardens. Dolores Olmedo, a wealthy socialite who still lives in part of the mansion, was a patron of Rivera, amassing a large collection of his art.

Ave. México 5843
Xochimilco
 

5555-0891

Museo y Santuario de Nuestra Señora Virgen de Guadalupe: The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, considered by Catholics to be the holiest site in the Western Hemisphere, is home to a church of striking modern design and an old church that pay tribute to México's patron saint.

Plaza Hidalgo 1 5577-6022

Museum of Popular Culture  Coyoacán/San Angel - This museum shows many diverse aspects of Mexican popular culture. It has a great show of clothing and handicrafts.

Ave. Hidalgo 289 5668-1565


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