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Mexico’s capital is one of the coolest cities in the world. It has the perfect mixture of modern and traditional. You’ll find the cultural diversity, sky-high buildings, and millions of people any big city has. But, you’ll also see Mexican culture everywhere.
It’s an underrated travel destination. Most people go to the beaches when they visit Mexico. However, Mexico City has so much history & beauty to offer. If you’re considering visiting Mexico, you HAVE to include Mexico City in your itinerary. We guarantee you’ll fall in love with it.
Especially if you’re a museum lover. When we think of the museum capitals of the world, we think of New York or Paris. But, Mexico City doesn’t fall far behind. It has over 150 museums. It has museums focused on different types of art, history, science-based museums, etc.
With so many museums, everyone will find something they love. Our advice would be to look into the museums you’re interested in beforehand. Take into consideration what you usually like before choosing which ones to visit.
Lucky for you, you don’t have to do research. We’ve put together a list for you of the best museums in Mexico City. As well as a description of each of them so you can see if they pique your interest.
THE BEST MUSEUMS
1. Frida Kahlo Museum
You’ve probably heard of artists Frida Kahlo and her husband, Diego Rivera. They’re two of the most famous Mexican painters. Well, The Frida Kahlo Museum, otherwise known as Caza Azul, was their home.
The tour includes an exhibition of some of Frida’s work. But, most importantly, you’ll see the place these two incredible artists lived and worked. And, the house many famous international figures stayed. Like, Russian politician Leon Trotsky who lived with them for a while.
You’ll get a glimpse into the couple’s life as you walk through their home. Whether you’re a fan of their work or not, it’s a good experience. They both had interesting lives, especially Frida. Plus, it’s so popular that it’s now considered a must-visit in Mexico City.
On the other hand, It has one of the most Instagramable spots in the city. The wall that says: “Frida and Diego lived in this house” is on everyone’s feed after they visit.
Entrance fee for foreigners: From Tuesday to Thursday it’s $250 Mexican pesos (12.42 USD approximately). On weekends, $270 Mexican pesos (13.41 USD).
Opening time: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m to 5 p.m
You can learn more about the Frida Kahlo Museum here.
2. Jumex Museum
The Jumex museum focuses on contemporary art. It has one of the largest contemporary art exhibitions in Latin America. It was created by a foundation looking to innovate and experiment within the arts.
Its exhibitions change constantly. It has shown the works of famous contemporary artists. Including the famous Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Cy Twombly, and many others.
You should give this place a chance even if you don’t know much about contemporary art. Who knows, you might walk out a real contemporary art enthusiast.
Entrance fee for foreigners: It’s free for now because of the pandemic. But, it’s usually $50 pesos per person (2.48 USD approximately).
Opening time: It’s open Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
You can learn more about the Jumex Museum here.
3. National Museum of Anthropology
The National Museum of Anthropology is one of the most famous museums in the city. And of the biggest ones, with 22 exhibition rooms. It’s home to a huge collection of Mexican archeological and anthropological artifacts.
It serves as a tribute and celebration to the indigenous communities of Mexico. Since its home to various artifacts that belonged to them.
If you’re a tourist, this is a must-visit. Mexico is a country with a fascinating past. You should learn about it while you’re there. This museum is a great place to do that. You’ll get a glimpse into Mexico’s story before its colonization, into how people lived. We’re sure you’ll come out of it fascinated by Mexico.
Entrance fee for foreigners: $80 pesos (3.97 USD approximately) per person.
Opening time: It’s open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They close on Mondays.
You can learn more about the National Museum of Anthropology here
4. Soumaya Museum
The Soumya museum is one of the most famous museums in the city. The picture standing outside of it is mandatory at this point. That’s because the architecture of the building is incredible.
It’s a very big museum so come ready to walk A LOT. It’s not the place to show off your cool new shoes, bring comfortable ones.
It exhibits art from all over the world, from Europe to Asia. And of course, you’ll find Mexican art. That includes paintings, clothes, photography, and objects from Mexico’s colonial times.
It houses work by very respected artists, including the only Van Gogh paintings in Mexico.
Entrance fee for foreigners: It’s free every day for everyone.
Opening time: It’s open every day from 10:30 a.m to 6:30 p.m.
You can learn more about the Soumaya Museum here.
5. Palacio de Bellas Artes
The Palacio de Bellas Artes is a work of art itself. I would even say it’s the most beautiful building in the city. And, it’s located in the heart of the city which is also beautiful. There are many things to see in the area after you visit the museum.
It houses one of the most renowned opera houses in the world. And, it shows 17 murals by some of the most famous Mexican artists. Including Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco.
You can’t go to Mexico City and not visit this museum. If you want to choose one out of this list, this should be it.
Entrance fee for foreigners: $75 pesos (3.72 USD approximately)
Opening time: Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m
You can learn more about the Palacio de Bellas Artes here.
6. Memory and Tolerance Museum
The Memory and Tolerance Museum is special. As you can guess from the name, its goal is to create awareness of the importance of human rights and tolerance. It does this through exhibitions about various historical events.
It has a permanent exhibition about genocides. Focusing on the holocaust and other lesser-known genocides. Another permanent exhibition focuses on the history of humanity, emphasizing diversity and inclusion. They have an exhibition about LGTBQ+ discrimination also.
It deals with heavy subjects, which leaves you feeling horrified and hopeful all at once. You should go prepared for that.
That being said, it’s one of the best ones on this list. It makes you reflect and leaves good messaging behind. It stays with you afterward.
Entrance fee for foreigners: $95 pesos (4.72 USD approximately).
Opening time: It only opens Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
You can learn more about the Memory and Tolerance Museum here.
7. National Art Museum
This museum is impressive from the beginning. The building is beautiful on the outside & inside. Some of the ceilings have beautiful murals and it’s filled with statues. It’s worth a visit simply for the building.
It houses art from various periods of Mexican history. From the 16th to the 20th century. You’ll get a real look into Mexican art and how the country’s history influenced it.
Entrance fee for foreigners: $70 pesos (3.48 USD approximately).
Opening time: Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
You can learn more about the National Art Museum here.
EXTRA: Papalote Children’s Museum
As you can guess, this museum is perfect if you’re traveling with children. It’ll be a super fun & educational experience for them.
It has interactive exhibitions focused on science, art, and technology. They even play movies sometimes.
You can learn more about the Papalote Children’s Museum here.
MUSEUM VISITING ADVICE
Museums in Mexico City usually have cheap entrance fees. Some are even free on Sundays. The downside of visiting them on Sundays is that they’re usually very crowded. Sunday is family day in Mexico so a lot of people go out on Sundays.
You’ll most likely find these museums pretty full on Sundays. If you don’t mind the crowds though, take advantage of the free entrance fees.
Another tip would be to take comfortable clothing and shoes, especially shoes. Some of these museums are huge, which means you’ll do a lot of walking. You don’t wanna be the person complaining about their feet hurting.
For international travelers. Most descriptions in Mexico City museums are translated into English. So, don’t worry if the only thing you know in Spanish is: “Hola, ¿cómo estás?”. That won’t be a problem.
A lot of museums also offer guided tours and they’ll probably have them in English. You just have to ask. Mexican people are super friendly, I’m sure they’ll be happy to help you.
One last thing to keep in mind, some museums require you to pay to take pictures inside. Make sure to ask beforehand. You don’t wanna be the tourist getting told off for breaking the rules. That would be embarrassing. The fees to be able to take pictures inside are usually pretty cheap.
As you can tell now, Mexico City is a cultural hotspot. If you love going to museums, you won’t have a shortage of them in this city. You’ll find one you like no matter what you’re interested in.
The ones we talked about on this list are only our top 7 museums. But, Mexico City is one of the cities with the most museums in the world. So, there are many more museums to explore. We’ll give you more recommendations in the future.
Remember, museums are not only a fun activity, but they’re also educational. They’re a great way to get educated in a fun way. Especially while traveling. They’ll help you learn about the country without opening a single textbook.
If you’ve been to Mexico City. What’s YOUR favorite museum you’ve visited there?. Let us know, we’d love to know your opinions