Mexico City is a city that is impossible to get around (go around) the entire city. A city where you can not only enjoy the architecture, nature, but also learn the history and culture of the country by visiting museums. There are a great many museums in Mexico City.
In this article, I want to give some useful information about the museums of Mexico City in the historic center of the city. As for our stay in the city, we went to Mexico City museums for free everywhere we could. Near some (like, Museo Nacional de Arte) a whole line gathered, some Mexico City museums, despite the free days, were half-empty. By the way, the ticket at the entrance is the same, only it says “Libre” (free).
In the article – up-to-date information on prices and modes of operation. The information is useful for those who are planning a trip to Mexico and can’t imagine an immersion in the culture of the country without museums.
Mexico City museums in the center
1. National Museum of Art (Museo Nacional de Arte)
- Address: Taciba,8
- Opening hours: Tuesday through Sunday from 10:30 to 17:30.
- Entrance fee: 65 pesos. Photo (5 pesos) and video (30 pesos).
- Free admission on Sundays.
2. Museo Franz Mayer
Latin American Museum of Decorative Arts.
- Address: Hidalgo, 45 (Plaza Santa Veracruz).
- Mode of operation: Tuesday-Sunday from 10.00 to 17.00. In the summertime on weekends the museum is open until 19.00.
- Entrance fee: 50 pesos; free for children under 12 years of age.
3. Museum of the Old Temple (Museo del Templo Mayor)
This Mexico City museum has 8 rooms, among them “Flora and Fauna”, “Agri-culture”, “taxes and commerce”.
- Address: Seminario, 8
- Mode of operation: Tuesday-Sunday from 09.00 to 17.00.
- Cost of admission: 70 pesos; free for children under 13 years old. Admission is free on Sundays.
4. Glass Painting Museum (Museo Mural Diego Rivera)
This museum in Mexico City was founded in 1986.
- Address: Balderas y Colon.
- Mode of operation: Tuesday-Sunday from 10.00 to 18.00.
- Prices for admission: 19 pesos; free for children under 13 years old. On Sunday admission is free.
5. The Palacio de las Bellas Artes (Palacio de las Bellas Artes)
It is Mexico City’s “calling card”.
- Address: Av. Juarez esq/ Eje Central Lazaro Cardenas
- Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00.
- Entry fee: 65 pesos. Photo and video shooting are extra (30 pesos). Entrance is free on Sundays.
Inside is also the National Museum of Architecture (el Museo Nacional de Arquitectura).
6. Museo Interactivo de Economia
- Address: Tacuba,17
- Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 09:00 to 18:00.
- Cost of admission: 55 pesos.
7. Museum of Popular Art (Museo de Arte popular)
- Address: Revillagigedo,11
- Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00 to 17:30, on Wednesdays the museum is open until 21:00
- Prices for admission: 40 pesos. Entrance free on Sundays.
8. Museum of the Tavern (Museo del Estanquillo)
- Address: Calle Isabel la Católica 26
- Mode of operation: Wednesday to Monday from 10.00 to 18.00. Entrance is free.
9. Palacio Postal
The building itself, which dates back to the 20th century, is also worth seeing. Inside the building is also located Postal Museum.
- Address: Tacuba,1 esq. Eje Central Lazaro Cardenas
- Mode: Weekdays: 08.00 to 20.00. Weekends: 08:00 to 16:00
- Admission to this Mexico City museum is free.
The Postal Palace is also a participant in the “Night of Museums” event held in Mexico City on the last Wednesday of each month from 19.00 to 22.00. During this time, the palace hosts tours, orchestras, including jazz bands, and seminars.
10. Museum of Memory and Tolerance (Museo memoria y Tolerancia).
This is the only museum of its kind in the world. Its mission is to spread the word about the importance of tolerance, non-violence and respect for human rights. Among other compositions in the museum is the history of genocide of different peoples.
- Address: Plaza Juárez
- Working hours: Weekdays from 09.00 to 18.00. Weekdays: from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Cost of admission: 80 pesos; for temporary compositions – 30 pesos. Cost of a visit with an audioguide (given at the entrance): 100 pesos.
11. Mexico City Museum (Museo de la Cuidad de Mexico)
This Mexico City museum has been in operation since 1964.
- Address: José María Pino Suárez 30
- Opening hours: Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00.
- Entrance fee: 20 pesos. Entrance is free on Wednesdays.
12. Mexican Air Force and Army Museum (Museo del Ejercito y Fuerza Aerea Mexicana).
The museum has been in operation since 2010.
- Address: Calzada de Tlalpan No. 1836
- Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Entrance: free.
13. Recinto Homenaje a Benito Juarez Museum
- Address: Plaza de Constitucion
- Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00. Free admission.
14. National Museum of the Stamp (Museo nacional de la Estampa)
- Address: Av. Hidalgo 39, Col. Centro (Área 5)
- Mode of operation: Tuesday-Sunday from 10.00 to 17.45. Admission is 50 pesos.
15. Palacio de la Cultura Banamex
- Address: Francisco I. Madero 17
- Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 10.00 to 19.00. Free admission.
16. Manuel Tolsa Museum (Museo Manuel Tolsa)
- Address: Tacuba,5
- Opening hours: Wednesday-Sunday 10h00 to 18h00. Entrance: 10 pesos.
17. Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso
- Address: Justo Sierra 16
- Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 09.00 to 20.00. Until October 28, 2018 admission is free; after that date, 25 pesos.
18. Museo Panteon de San Fernando
- Address: Plaza de San Fernando 17
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 09.00 to 17.00. Free admission.
19. National Museum of Cultures (Museo nacional de las Culturas)
Address: Moneda No. 13,
Mode of work: Tuesday-Sunday from 10.00 to 17.00. Admission is free.
20. Spanish Cultural Center (Centro Cultural de Espana)
On weekdays from 10:00 to 21:00, on Saturdays from 10:00 to 21:00, and on Sundays from 10:00 to 16:00. Free admission.
21. Museum of Numismatics (Museo de la Numismatica)
Also known as the Casa de la Moneda.
- Address: Apartado,13
- Mode of operation: Tuesday-Sunday from 10.00 to 18.00. Entrance free.