National Palace (Palacio Nacional)
- Type: Museums, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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The National Palace holds the federal executive branch of the Mexican government and sits along Mexico City's main public square, as El Zócalo. The palace itself is a massive, ornate building that contains several gardens, murals and fountains. Its highlights are the Diego Rivera murals painted in panoramic style across the palace's walls, murals that depict the stages of Mexican history, from pre-Columbian days to the current age.
Admission is free and travelers say that a typical stop should last about one to two hours. Be sure to bring your passport or other identification to gain admittance. The palace is open every day but Monday.