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Mexico City can very well be called as the city of museums.
In research done by the National Council for Culture and Arts in 2010, the country of Mexico had about 1,121 museums in all, and Mexico City alone has about 141 cultural buildings.
Museums like the National Museum of Cultures, Museum of Temple Mayor, National Museum of Anthropology, etc. are places where you can learn about the rich culture and heritage of the Mexicans.
The city not only has the largest number of museums, but it also possesses some of the world’s strangest museums like the Cartoon Museum, Shoe Museum, the Pen Museum etc. Some of the museums often hold exhibitions showcasing the art and culture of Mexico.
Opened in 1968, Museo Nacional de Antropologia has an extensive collection of artefacts, spanning some 100,000 sq. ft. area. The ground floor showcases native cultures and societies of Mexico before the Spanish conquest. It has the gigantic statue of the water god Tlaloc at the entrance which weighs approximately 200 tons. Eleven halls of this museum exhibit archaeological findings, which symbolise the different American cultures that flourished in this region of Mesoamerica. The famous Aztec sun stone is one of the extraordinary collections of artwork from the indigenous population.
National Museum of Cultures is devoted to education about the diverse cultures around the world. Located inside a colonial building, this museum contains a large number of artefacts in its 19 display rooms. The museum contains objects like prehistoric articles, cave paintings and also a large variety of modern exhibits.
The Museum of the Object of the Objects (or MODO) is a unique museum established in 2010 and focuses on design and communications. The museum is dedicated to the objects related to everyday use and has about 50,000 articles which date back to the 18th century. This museum signifies the evolution in graphic and industrial designs for over 200 years.
Address: Colima 145, Cuauhtémoc, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 to 18:00
Tel.: +52 55 5533 9637
Temple Mayor is an archaeological site located in the Zocalo next to Catedral Metropolitana. It was one of the largest and important temples of the Aztecs in their capital city of Tenochtitlan. The remains of this ancient temple were found in 1978 after workers of an electric company unearthed the Aztec stone of the moon goddess Coyolxauhqui. This amazing archaeological discovery is a part of the Historic Centre of Mexico City and included in UNESCO's World Heritage List.
The Museum of the Templo Mayor, located within the precincts of the discovery site, houses all the archaeological materials excavated until date.
Address: 8 Seminario St., Downtown, Cuauhtemoc, D.F., 06060., Mexico
Opening Hours:Tuesday to Sunday 9:00 to 17:00
Tel.: +52 55 4040 5600
Museum of Modern Art exhibits a permanent collection of the 20th-century Mexican art. It also showcases the work of contemporary artists like Frida Kahlo, Rivera, Siqueiros and many more. The famous work - Las Dos Fridas of Frida Kahlo and some of Diego Rivera's notable murals are the highlights of this museum. The grounds surrounding the museum also include a sculpture garden.
Address: Av. Paseo de la Reforma S/N, Miguel Hidalgo, Bosque de Chapultepec I, 11560 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
Tel.: +52 55 8647 5530
Created by renowned muralist Diego Rivera the Anahuacalli Museum is located at Coyoacán, in Mexico City. Diego Rivera was concerned about the Mexican culture and had collected about 50,000 pre-Hispanic pieces, which are housed at the museum. This spectacular structure is made up of black volcanic stone and was completed after Rivera’s death by his daughter and architects Heriberto Pagelson and Juan O'Gorman.
Address: Museo 150, San Pablo Tepetlapa
04620, Coyoacán, Ciudad de México
Tel.: +52 55 5617 3797, +52 55 5617 4310, +52 55 5617 6825, +52 55 5617 6874
Diego Rivera Mural Museum is home to the murals created by notable muralist Diego Rivera. The museum houses the popular mural ‘Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda of Diego Rivera’ which is on permanent display in the museum. The museum focuses on preserving the works of Diego Rivera, but occasionally works of other artists are also displayed here.
Address: Calle Balderas y Colon S/N, Cuauhtémoc, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
Opening time:Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00
Tel.: +52 55 1555 1900
Located in Alameda Central, Palace of Fine Arts is home of the National Folkloric Ballet and Mexico’s principal opera house. It features important murals and several exhibit halls. The theatre of this palace boasts a fantastic stained glass curtain. The curtain depicts the Valley of Mexico with two imposing volcanoes, namely Popocatepetl and Iztacihuatl. It has a museum on the second and third floor, which houses the collection of over 6000 works, paintings and sculptures done by some famous artists of the country.
Address: Av. Juárez, Centro Histórico, 06050 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
Tel.: +52 55 5512 2593
National Museum of Art is located near the Plaza de Tolsa. It is a neo-classical building, constructed between 1904 and 1911. At the entrance, there is an attractive statue of Carlos IV. The ground floor focuses on the native cultures and societies of Mexico before the Spanish conquest, including sculptures, ceramics, paintings and drawings in the 14 exhibit halls. Temporary exhibitions are also held in this museum on many occasions.
Address: Calle Tacuba 8, Cuauhtemoc, Centro Histórico, 06010 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico