Museums in Mexico City that you can't miss! (Pt. I)

By: Mariana Flores | Published: 3/31/2022 | 6 Mins

Discover the most amazing museums in Mexico City (Pt. I)

Hello GlobeQuest readers, this is Mariana!

Today I will talk about what I did on my last trip to Mexico City, more specifically, about all the museums I visited and that I recommend that you see if you haven't been there before!

The list isn't extensive; however, I want to take my time to explain all you need to know about each museum, which is why I decided to split this article into two parts.

I will also include useful information about how to visit each of them, which is fairly easy and unlike what you have probably heard, it's quite a great experience to explore the city. I recommend you to install this handy transportation app: Google Play | App Store

So without further ado, let's start with Part I!

Soumaya Plaza Carso

Soumaya Museum | GlobeQuest Blog
Blvd. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra andn Presa Falcon, Miguel Hidalgo, CDMX

How to get there
There are many ways to get to this incredible museum: you can take the metro's orange line 7, and on the way out, you can rent a bike, take the purple bus, call an uber/taxi or, if you want to go sightseeing, go walking to enjoy the beautiful sights that Polanco has to offer.

General information
Located at Plaza Carso in Polanco, this modern museum has more than 70 thousand works of art, such as sculptures and paintings by artists like Cézanne, Renoir, Matisse, Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Auguste Rodin. It also has a vast collection of coins, including colonial coins and banknotes. Admission is free, and it is open 365 days a year.

Soumaya Museum | GlobeQuest Blog

Lobby: Upon entering the museum, you will be delighted by the contrasting modern style that blends perfectly with the eighteenth-century pieces, such as The Gates of Hell, by Auguste Rodin, based on the Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri. Contrary to what you would expect, this museum has to be explored in extrema res, meaning you have to start the tour experience on the higher floor, from Room 6 through Room 1.

Personally, my favorite rooms are Room 6: The Age of Rodin (featuring impressive busts, sculptures by Auguste Rodin, and art pieces by Monet, Van Gogh, Renoir, Degas, etc.) and Room 5: 20 Centuries of Art in Mexico (showcasing everything from the Mesoamerican era to the murals by Diego Rivera), as they are a mix of European and Mexican works that captivate and surprise you.

Soumaya Museum | GlobeQuest Blog

When exploring all these museums in Mexico, I noticed that you rarely find benches in front of the exhibits; that's why Soumaya makes it a perfect place to go on a date or visit with your family, no matter their age.

Also, a new AR app that integrates a virtual experience with certain pieces was introduced into the museum, so the only thing you have to do is scan them with your phone, and they will come to life with augmented reality!

After exploring this museum, you can visit Plaza Antara or the heart of Polanco, which is Masaryk Street, where you will find some of the best restaurants in Mexico City!

National Museum of Anthropology

National Museum of Anthropology | GlobeQuest Blog
Paseo de la Reforma Av. and Calzada Gandhi, Col. Chapultepec, Polanco

How to get there
You can get to this museum by taking the Metro Chapultepec Line 1 -route 95 Parabús "Reforma-M. Antropología"- or taking the Metro Auditorio Line 7 -route COVILSA Parabús "Reforma-Lago".

General information
General admission is $85 MXN (about $4.5 USD), but if you wish to use a professional camera, there is an additional fee of $45 MXN (or $2.5 USD). Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00, and Sundays from 10:00 to 17:00.

National Museum of Anthropology | GlobeQuest Blog

The museum presents two main themes, Prehispanic art and the ethnographic past of the different regions of Mexico; it has 22 permanent rooms and two with temporary exhibitions.

Ground Floor: Here, you will find all the rooms that serve as an introduction to Mexico's archaeology and prehispanic cultures, from the settlement of America to the consolidation of indigenous cultures. The main visual resources of these rooms are the small and large scale models, bones, ceramics, jewelry, and tools, among amazing pieces that represent different Mexican cultures.

Upper floor: This area is dedicated to the contemporary indigenous settlements of Mexico. You will find large-scale models of the different regions and representative handicrafts. Besides the visual elements of the upper floor rooms, some areas are accompanied by musical representations used during festivals and rituals, which creates an atmosphere that surrounds you and makes you feel like part of the exhibits.

The Mexica Room was the most outstanding room for me. It displays the Aztec calendar found underneath the Zocalo of Mexico City after being buried by the Spaniards centuries ago. It currently sits in the middle of the room and can be admired from any point due to its impressive size.

If you want to learn more about this famous relic, click here!

National Museum of Anthropology | GlobeQuest Blog

Likewise, another room you can't miss is the Mayan Room, mainly for the tomb dedicated to Pakal, where you can see the famous jade mask stolen in 1985 and recovered in 1989.

Outside the museum, you can take a walk in the Chapultepec forest and enjoy a meal at the "Lago" restaurant, located by the charming lake.

Chapultepec Castle

Chapultepec Castle Museum | GlobeQuest Blog
Bosque de Chapultepec I Secc, Miguel Hidalgo, 11100 Mexico City

How to get there
You must take the metro's pink line 1 and get off at the Chapultepec station to get there. You can also board the Metrobus on Reforma towards Campo Marte and get off at Antropología.

General information
Its official name is the "National History Museum," but it is better known as "El Castillo de Chapultepec." The amazing location of this museum makes you live the experience before arriving at the museum since you must first enter and walk through a part of the Chapultepec Forest to get to the ticket office, situated at the bottom of the Castle.

The general admission costs $85 MXN (about $4.5 USD), and you can visit it Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 17:00. After getting your tickets, you have to go up the access ramp, where you will admire spectacular views and take incredible pictures.

Chapultepec Castle Museum | GlobeQuest Blog

Here you will find rooms dedicated to the history of Mexico, from the conquest of Tenochtitlan to the Revolution. The construction of the Castle began in 1785 when it was originally built as a resting house for the Viceroy, and it has served several purposes throughout the centuries, such as a military school, imperial residence, presidential home, and a museum since 1939.

It features 12 permanent exhibition rooms located in the west wing of the Castle; and 22 rooms in the area known as Alcázar, where the bedrooms of Emperor Maximiliano and President Porfirio Díaz, respectively, were located when they inhabited the Castle during their terms of office.

The Castle of Chapultepec is a great experience that you can't miss. It is impressive that a stunning piece of history is located in the middle of such a modern city. It also houses a thorough representation of the history of Mexico with incredible murals that make you feel like you are a part of what happened within those walls. Depending on the date you visit, it is likely that in addition to the visit, you will come across cultural events that take place inside the Castle.

Chapultepec Castle Museum | GlobeQuest Blog

And that's it for this occasion; remember to stay tuned for Part II of this article to discover more amazing museums!

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