Museums and Cultural Attractions in Mexico City

The significant historical influences of Mexico City are palpable as you wander the streets in this prominent city. For years, artists, designers, historians, linguists, and businesspeople have flocked to the capital of Mexico in hopes of uncovering just what makes this city so alluring.

With more than 150 museums in the city, finding something to do will be the least of your worries…Plus, some museums are always free or offer free admission on certain days, so a little planning ahead can ensure that your energy will run out before your funds do!

 We’ve grouped some highlights by interest below.

Art and Architecture

Frida Kahlo Museum: Frida’s home, filled with information about her life and works, is an excellent “first stop” for newcomers to Mexico City.  

Museo de Arte Moderno: Whether you’re a modern art maven or can barely distinguish a Picasso from a Dali, you will enjoy the thought-provoking works housed here.

Museo Jumex: The building itself commands attention; this fairly new contemporary art foundation pays tribute to the diversity of both Mexico and its visitors.

Museo de Arte Popular: If you’re seeking inspiration for gifts, spend an afternoon surrounded by Mexican folk art and crafts. Wander through the collections of textiles, piñatas, and pottery in this top-rated museum.

Museo Rufino Tamayo: Plan a picnic in Chapultepec Park then head to this museum. Note the use of materials used for the construction of the building, which accentuate the light and mood in the display rooms.

Palacio de Bellas Artes: Catch a performance at the cultural center. In addition to notable exhibitions, the building is the place to be for live entertainment in theatre, opera, music, and more. 

 Palacio de Bellas Artes

Palacio de Bellas Artes

Kurimanzutto: Intriguing installations and sculptures will command your attention here. Bring a camera, because the art is unlike anything you’ve seen before!

History and Culture

Museo de Culturas Populares: From the indigenous peoples to the modern residents, this museum outlines the ethic and cultural diversity in Mexico.

Palacio Nacional: The colonial palace houses administrative offices and significant objects that tell the stories of Mexico.

Museo del Objecto del Objecto (MODO): This rotating collection of everyday objects is fascinating to people of all cultures.

Museo Nacional de Antropologia:  The largest and most visited museum in Mexico has certainly earned its reputation. This massive space is filled with remnants of past civilizations.

 Museo Nacional de Antropologia

Museo Nacional de Antropologia

People

Casa del Emilio “El Indio” Fernandez:  Artifacts from the actor and producer’s career in cinema display just how significant El Indio’s industry presence truly was.

Luis Barragan House and Studio: A transcendent architect and engineer, Barragan’s former house is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Dolores Olmedo Museum: Dolores was a contemporary of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. She was a well-known businesswoman and talented musician.

Entertainment

Museo del Juguete Antiguo Mexico: What was your favorite toy when you were little? Keep an eye out for childhood memories throughout this four floor museum. 

The Franz Mayer Museum: Decorative arts including books, ceramics, and more are maintained in this opulent space. The central courtyard provides a moment of respite in the city center.

Papalote Museo del Nino:  Children and adults alike love this interactive space that blends art, technology and science.

Eating and Drinking

MUCHO Museo de Chocolate:  If your favorite food group is chocolate, make this a first stop when you arrive in Mexico. Don’t skip the gift shop at the end!

Museo de Tequila y Mezcal: This museum is open late, which makes for an educational and fun evening. Tapas and tastings can be enjoyed on the terrace rooftop. Salud!

 

So, what are you waiting for? Learn about the city you call home by spending a day exploring these curated cultural attractions. ¡Que te diviertas!

Kim Hill