There are a wide variety of interesting museums in Mexico City; some of them are huge and world-wide recognized. Check the different museums before your trip to Mexico City, and make sure you find the best choice according to your preferences.
The most popular museums in Mexico City are:
• The National Museum of Anthropology houses the largest collection of sculptures, jewels and handcrafts from ancient Mexican cultures. There are 23 permanent exhibit halls and it takes at least one complete day to visit them all. Archeology exhibits are located on the ground floor and ethnographical exhibits about present-day indigenous groups in Mexico are on the upper level. All the rooms are organized in chronological order and a proper tour will provide the visitor a clear idea of how the cultures have changed over time. The National Museum of Anthropology was built in the 1960’s by Pedro Ramirez Vazquez and it is surrounded by a large courtyard which is a nice place to sit down after so much tourism in Mexico.
• The Museum of Modern Art is known for having the best permanent exhibition of painters and sculptors from the modern Mexican art movement; it also houses very important temporary exhibitions of national and international modern art. The three greatest Mexican artists are fully represented here: Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros. The Museum of modern Art also contains master pieces from other famous artists such as Frida Kahlo, Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo, Tamayo, José Luis Cuevas, Alejandro Colunga, Francisco Toledo, and Vladamir Cora. A must-seeing museum when visiting Mexico City.
• The Fine Arts Palace Museum is the masterpiece of theaters in this architecturally rich city. The exterior of the Palace was built with an early-20th-century Art Nouveau style and covered in Italian Carrera marble, while the inside is completely 1930s Art Deco style. Many master architects worked together in the theater construction, which started in 1904 and was finally opened in 1934. The Mexican painter Gerardo Murillo designed a fabulous Art Nouveau glass curtain which is made from nearly a million iridescent pieces of colored glass; the curtain portrays the Valley of Mexico with its two great volcanoes. A not to miss cultural attraction of Mexico City.
• The National History Museum is in the Chapultepec Castle which was built in 1784 and has nineteen rooms with collections of pre-Columbian materials and reproductions of old manuscripts. In 2004, archaeologists discovered an ancient Teotihuacan settlement behind the landmark.
• The National University’s Museum, also called Universum is a science museum that belongs to the UNAM, which is largest university in Latin America.
• The Mexico City's Museum was originally a mansion built in 1778, and it became a museum in 1964. This museum has complete information about the country’s past; it contains fine maps, pictographic presentations of the initial settlements, outlines of the social organization as it developed, and models of several famous buildings.
• The Anahuacalli Museum houses Diego Rivera’s extensive collection of pre-Columbian art, which is the largest private collection with more than 52,000 pieces. This is probably the most unusual museum in Mexico City and it was designed by Rivera himself before his death in 1957.
Other very popular museums in Mexico City are:
• Plaza de las Tres Culturas
• Dolores Olmedo Museum
• Rufino Tamayo Museum
• José Luis Cuevas Museum
• Papalote, children's Museum
• Casa Mural Diego Rivera
• National Palace
• San Idelfonso Museum
• Franz Meyer Museum
• Templo Mayor Museum
• San Carlos Museum
• National Art Museum
• Frida Kahlo Museum
• Leon Trotsky Museum
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