Palacio de Bellas Artes

#3 in Best Things To Do in Mexico City
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Key Info

Avenida Juarez y Eje Central s/n

Price & Hours

Free
Tues-Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Details

Museums, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.5scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Considered the cultural center of Mexico City, the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) is a must-visit. The exterior of the palace showcases art nouveau and art deco-style architecture, while the inside features marble floors and vaulted glass windows. 

In addition to its architectural grandeur, the building hosts cultural events in the national theater, including music, dance, theater, opera and literary performances. The museum at the palace also holds several famous murals, including the work of the famous Mexican muralist Rufino Tamayo. On the top floor, you'll find the National Museum of Architecture, which showcases the work and lives of famous Mexican architects, and multiple art museums and galleries. 

Travelers say that the palace is sure to be one of the most beautiful sights you'll see in Mexico City and add that if you get the chance, take in a performance in the world-class theater. 

The palace is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., while the museum is open from Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last entrance at 5:30 p.m.). Admission to the museum is 70 pesos (about $3.70), but you can save money by visiting on Sundays when admission is free. Rates for performances vary by discipline. For more information, check out the palace's website

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#1 Museo Nacional de Antropología

Located within the famous Chapultepec Forest, the Museo Nacional de Antropología (National Museum of Anthropology) holds artifacts from Mexico's pre-Columbian era, dating from about 100 B.C. to A.D. 1521. The facility houses artifacts, including the famous Aztec Calendar Stone, known as Piedra del Sol, as well as the famed 16th-century statue of Xochipilli, the Aztec god of art, games, beauty, dance and maize (among others). The museum offers a look at how tradition, culture and life were formed in all regions of Mexico. 

The museum is so extensive that many travelers claim you can spend a whole day exploring the many collections and exhibits and recommend giving yourself plenty of time to explore. As one of the largest and most visited museums in Mexico, the grounds are also home to a gift shop, a cafeteria, a locker room and the National Library of Anthropology and History. 

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