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The Top 8 Museums in Mexico City - Plan Your Trip!

Mexico City, formerly known as the Mexico Federal District, is #2 in the world in number of museums.

Mexico City draws a huge amount of tourists every year to see its diverse cultures, cuisine, and architecture. There is something for everyone to do and enjoy, every hour of every day and night - definitely worth the visit!

To help plan your trip, here is HostTonight's list of the best museums in Mexico City. Órale güey!

Museo Nacional de Antropología

An official National museum as part of the National Council for Culture and the Arts (CONACULTA) and The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), the National Museum of Anthropology has 23 exhibition rooms. 12 of these are dedicated to the prehispanic, native history of Mexico from the first arrival of humans to the American Continent to the final cultural development and empires of Mesoamerica before the Spanish conquest. Aztecs, Toltecs, Mayas, Teotihuacanos, Oaxaca - they're all here. 

The other 11 rooms offer a complete ethnographic picture of Mexico. Even though the entire museum is recommended to visit, the Aztec and Mayan displays are particularly beautiful and high in quality. 

Location: Intersection of Avenida Paseo de la Reforma with Calzada Gandhi.

Entry is $65 Mexican Pesos (around $3.50 USD).

Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 9am - 7pm. 

National Museum of Anthropology Mexico City

Museo Nacional de Arte

The collection of the National Museum of Art was formed by integrating collections from several exhibitions to provide a global perspective on the evolution of Mexican art, from its beginnings in the colonial era up to the first part of the 21st century.

Location: Calle Tacuba 8, Cuauhtemoc, Centro Histórico, 06010 Ciudad de México.

Entry is $42 MXN (around $2.30 USD).

Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 6pm.

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Museo Franz Mayer

Franz Mayer was a Mexican-nationalized German antique dealer who, throughout his life, assembled a large quantity of art and historical objects. At the time of his death, the vast collection was donated to the people of Mexico for its exhibition in this important museum. 

Location: Hidalgo 45, Centro Histórico, Ciudad de México. Metro line 8, Station Bellas Artes.

Entry is $45 MXN (~$2.30 USD) and free on Tuesdays.

Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm. 

Franz Mayer Museum Mexico City

Museo del Templo Mayor

In the 8 exhibition rooms that make up the Museum of the Great Temple is a large variety of pieces found during different archaeological excavations from 1978 to present. The artifacts tell the story of the evolution of the Mexican people, starting with their pilgrimage from Aztlán in search of the promised land and chronicling the rise of the great capital Tenochtitlán. 

Location: Seminario with Guatemala, Centro Histórico, Ciudad de México. Metro line 2, Station Zócalo. 

Entry is $59 MXN (~$3.25 USD) and free on Sundays.

Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 9am - 5pm.

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Museo Nacional de San Carlos

The National Museum of San Carlos houses a stupendous collection of pieces from renowned artists from the 15th - 20th centuries. The building was the former residence of Counts Peréz Gálvez and de Regla. The vast collection includes paintings and sculptures from the European school, of the 15th - 19th centuries and paintings from the famous Franz Meyer's collection.

Location: Puente de Alvarado 50, Delegación Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City. 

Entry is $31 MXN and free on Sundays. 

Hours: Tuesday - Sunday from 10am - 6pm.

National Museum San Carlos Mexico City

Museo Mural Diego Rivera

The Diego Rivera Mural Museum features, most famously, a permanent exhibit of Rivera's mural Sueño (1947) of a Sunday afternoon on the Alameda Central, a work which shows Rivera as a child, Frida Kahlo, La Catrina, and José Guadalupe Posada. The main room exhibits photographs and documentaries about the life and work of Diego Rivera.

Location: Colón 7, Centro Histórico, Mexico City. Metro Station Hidalgo.

Entry is $19 MXN (~$1USD) and free on Sundays.

Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 11am - 5:30pm.

Diego Rivera Museum Mexico City

Museo Nacional de La Estampa

The Museum of Graphic Arts contains samples of the history of the Mexican graphic arts and the work of visual artists from all over the world, ranging from the prehispanic and colonial periods to the resurgence of the graphic (1922-1960) and the modern era. 

Location: Avenida Hidalgo 39, Centro Histórico. Metro Stations Hidalgo and Bellas Artes. 

Entry is $12 MXN (around $0.70 USD) and free on Sundays.

Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 6pm. 


Museo de la Ciudad de México

The Museum of Mexico City features 27 exhibition rooms that tell the story of the evolution of the urban center, from its original native villages to the present day, via paintings, plans, blueprints, and models. The museum also features expositions, concerts, theater performances, conferences, and art workshops - truly a great place to immerse yourself in the culture of Mexico City.

Location: Pino Suárez 30 Colonia Centro, Colonia Cuahtémoc.

Entry is $24 Mexican pesos (~$1.40 USD).

Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm.

Mexico City Museum

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