Visiting Museums in Mexico City

Information about some of the many museums in Mexico City, featuring art, history, culture, archeology and much more...

Many of Mexico City’s museums are internationally renowned, and several regularly appear on lists of the top “must-see” museums around the world. Additionally, there are several established UNESCO world heritage sites in Mexico City, with several more under consideration. These sites, such as the Zócalo, Xochimilco, Chapultepec Castle and the Central University City Campus of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), are considered to be significant to the common heritage of humanity, and several of these sites feature one or more museums.

Many of Mexico City’s museums emphasize important themes in Mexican culture and history. Housed in archeological sites, 16th century convents, palacios, and modern buildings, these museums allow visitors to explore pre-Hispanic civilisations and the experiences of conquest, colonialism, revolution and independence through ancient artifacts, architecture, photography, murals, cartoons, painting, sculpture, folk art, and more.

There is a growing number of thematic or special interest museums in Mexico City. In addition to those highlighting the work of famous Mexican artists – most notably, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera – museums can be found dedicated to antique toys, chocolate, tequila and mezcal, Mexico’s traditional ‘cowboys’, dentistry and narcotics, to name just a few.

Admission to some museums is free; those charging entrance fees will often have reduced rates for children under 12, students, teachers, and seniors (members of INAPAM – the National Institute for the Elderly) with valid ID. Non-Mexican student and teacher IDs are frequently accepted. Mexico City’s museums are very popular and sometimes very crowded destinations on Sundays when admission is usually free for Mexicans and residents. Most museums are closed on Mondays, and occasionally a museum or its major exhibitions will be closed for holidays or to install new exhibits. Some museums allow visits by appointment only.

Photography is almost always allowed as long as a flash is not used. Some museums will charge a photography fee in addition to the cost of admission.

Larger museums may provide tours, which are often available in English.  Additionally, at some of the museums popular with tourists, visitors may be approached before entering the museum by “freelance” tour-guides.  Many museums also offer courses, workshops, lecture series and children’s activities.

Many of the major museums are easily accessible by Metro. Wheelchair access should be confirmed by contacting the museum directly.

National Anthropological Museum (Museo Nacional De Antropología)

This 80,000m2 national museum houses more than 600,000 objects, many of which date from the pre-Hispanic period. Of particular note is the Stone of the Sun, commonly known as the Aztec Calendar, which is on display at the museum. Permanent exhibitions feature pre-Hispanic civilisations, while temporary exhibits highlight non-Mexican cultures.

  • Museo Nacional De Antropología (Spanish)
    At: Paseo de la Reforma at Gandhi Park, Col. Polanco
    Tel: (55) 5286 1791 / (55) 5553 6266 / (55) 5553 6332
    Open: Tuesday to Sunday 09:00-19:00
    Free admission for children under 13, students and teachers with valid ID, police officers, graduates and scientists with INAH Permits, retirees, senior citizens and people with disabilities; Sundays and holidays free for Mexican nationals and residents with valid ID
    Metro: Auditorio

Museum of Popular Art (Museo De Arte Popular)

Dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Mexican folk art and crafts, the collection is housed in a restored firehouse and explores religious themes, the magical and fantastical, and the roots of Mexican art. The museum offers hands-on craft workshops for children aged between 6 and 12.

  • Museo De Arte Popular (Spanish)
    At: Revillagigedo 11, Col. Centro Histórico
    Tel: (55) 5510 2201
    email / email
    Open: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-18:00, Wednesday 10:00-21:00
    Discounted admission for children under 13, people with disabilities, seniors, students and professors, indigenous people, and artists with valid ID; free admission on Sunday
    Metro: Balderas, Luis Moya

Júmex Museum (Museo Júmex)

Opened in 2013, this museum houses a portion of the Júmex Collection, the largest private contemporary art collection in Latin America. Items from this collection of Mexican and international artwork are rotated through the museum’s exhibits, and temporary exhibitions are held several times a year.

  • Museo Júmex (Spanish)
    At: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 303, Col. Ampliacíon Granada
    Tel: (55) 5395 2615
    Open: Tuesday to Saturday 11:00-20:00, Sunday 11:00-21:00
    Discounted rates for Mexican nationals, and students and teachers with valid ID; free admission for seniors with valid ID and children under 15; free admission on Fridays

Soumaya Museum (Museo Soumaya - Plaza Carzo)

This private museum was established by Carlos Slim in honor of his late wife, and houses over 66,000 pieces of art, religious items, coins and the largest collection of casts of Rodin’s sculptures outside of France. Much of the collection focuses on European art, but there is a large collection of Mexican art as well. The aluminum-covered building itself is architecturally distinctive.

  • Museo Soumaya (Spanish)
    At: Blvd Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra 303, Col. Ampliacíon Granada
    Tel: (55) 5616 3731
    email to reserve tours
    Open: Seven days a week, 10:30-18:30
    Free admission

Museum of Modern Art (Museo De Arte Moderno)

This museum features 20th century modern art produced by national artists, including Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and Rufino Tamayo, as well as by international artists.

  • Museo De Arte Moderno (Spanish)
    At: Paseo de la Reforma, Col. Bosque de Chapultepec
    Tel: (55) 5553 6233 / (55) 5211 8331 / (55) 5211 7827 / (55) 5211 8207
    Open: Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00–17:30
    Free entry for children under 6 and INAPAM members with valid ID; discounts for students with valid ID; free admission on Sunday
    Metro: Chapultepec

The Rufino Tamayo Museum of Contemporary Art (Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo)

The museum features temporary exhibits, and a permanent collection of over 300 paintings, sculptures, engravings, textiles and other works of contemporary art donated from the private collection of Rufino Tamayo.

  • Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo (Spanish)
    At: Paseo de la Reforma Gandhi Park, Col. Polanco
    Tel: (55) 5286 6519 / (55) 5286 6599 / (55) 5286 6529
    Open: Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00–18:00
    Free admission for students, teachers, and seniors with valid ID; free admission on Sunday
    Metro: Chapultepec

Dolores Olmedo Patiño Museum (Museo Dolores Olmedo)

Housed in a 17th century hacienda, this collection features works by Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and Angelina Beloff as well as pre-Hispanic pieces.

  • Museo Dolores Olmedo (Spanish)
    At: Av. México 5843, Col. La Noria, Xochimilco
    Tel: (55) 5555 1221 / (55) 5555 1016 / (55) 5555 0891  
    Open: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-18:00
    Discounted rate for Mexican nationals; free admission for children under 5
    Tren Ligero: La Noria

Diego Rivera Anahuacalli Museum (Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli)

This museum houses Diego Rivera’s lifelong collection of more than 50,000 pre-Hispanic pieces.

  • Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli
    At: Museo 150, San Pablo Tepetlapa, Coyoacán
    Tel: (55) 5617 3797 / (55) 5617 4310 / (55) 5617 6825, (55) 5617 6874
    Open: Wednesday to Sunday, 11:00-17:00; tours are available every half hour until 16:30 and take approximately 45-60 minutes
    Discounted rates for students over the age of 6; free admission to children under the age of 6, people with disabilities, residents of San Pablo Tepetlapa, El Reloj, La Candelaria, Ruíz Cortínez, Díaz Ordaz and El Rosario with valid ID, and with ICOM credentials.
    Tren Ligero: Xotepingo

Diego Rivera Mural Museum (Museo Mural Diego Rivera)

Features photographs, documents, and Rivera’s murals, as well as artwork by artists whose style was similar to Rivera’s.

  • Museo Mural Diego Rivera (Spanish)
    At: Balderas y Colón, Centro Histórico
    Tel: (55) 5521 5318
    Open: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-18:00
    Free admission for students, teachers and INAPAM members with valid ID; free entry on Sundays
    Metro: Hidalgo

Papalote Children’s Museum (Papalote Museo del Niño)

Located in the Bosques de Chapultepec, the theme of this museum is “Touch, play, and learn”. It features almost 300 interactive exhibits based on five different themes. Up to 50 of these exhibits are intended for children under the age of 5. The museum also features an IMAX theater.

  • Papalote Museo del Niño (Spanish)
    At: 2a. Sección del Bosque de Chapultepec
    Tel: Línea papalote: (55) 5237 1773 Ticketmaster: (55) 5325 9000
    Open: Monday to Friday, 09:00-18:00, open until 23:00 on Thursday; weekends and holidays 10:00-19:00; certain exhibits operate on specific schedules. The museum closes occasionally on Mondays, so visitors should consult the museum website.
    A number of ticket packages are available, ranging from individual to family admission
    Metro: Constituyentes

Antique Toy Museum (Museo del Juguete Antiguo Mexico)

This museum houses the largest collection of antique toys in the world.

  • Museo del Juguete Antiguo (Spanish)
    At: Dr. Olvera 15, Col. Doctores 
    Tel: (55) 5588 2100 / (55) 5588 2100
    Open: Monday to Friday 09:00-18:00, Saturday 09:00-16:00, Sunday 10:00-16:00
    Metro: Obrera

Frida Kahlo Museum - Blue House (Museo Frida Kahlo - Casa Azul)

This museum is in the childhood home of Frida Kahlo, in which she later lived with her husband Diego Rivera. The permanent collection features their art, their collection of pre-Hispanic sculptures, and also many personal items displayed in bedrooms and other living spaces. Temporary exhibits are also displayed.

  • Museo Frida Kahlo - Casa Azul (Spanish)
    At: Londres 247, Col. Del Carmen
    Tel: (55) 5554 5999 / (55) 5658 5778 
    Open: Tuesday 10:00-17:45, Wednesday 11:00-17:45, Thursday to Sunday 10:00-17:45; note that the museum has scheduled closures; visitors should check the website to confirm that the museum is open
    Discounted admission is available for students and teachers with valid ID, children of school age, and seniors with ID; free admission for people with disabilities, and children under 6
    Metro: Coyoacán

The Chapultepec Castle National Museum of History (Museo Nacional De Historia Castillo De Chapultepec)

This museum is housed in the Chapultepec Castle. Previously a military college, the official residence of Emperor Maximilian of Habsburg and later the presidential residence, the Castle became the home of the museum in 1944. The museum features 12 exhibits of objects from the pre-Hispanic era through colonialism, revolution and independence, and murals by Mexican artists.  Many of the rooms remain as they were when the Castle served as a residence, and visitors can see furniture, decorations, utensils and other objects of daily life.

  • Museo Nacional De Historia Castillo De Chapultepec (Spanish)
    At: Bosque de Chapultepec, First section, Col. Polanco
    Tel: (55) 5061 9200
    Open: From Tuesday to Sunday 09:00 - 17:00
    Free admission for children under 13, seniors over 60, retirees, people with disabilities, students, and teachers with valid ID
    Metro: Chapultepec

Museum of Tequila and Mezcal (Museo de Tequila y Mezcal)

This small museum takes visitors through the history and production process of tequila and mezcal, and finishes with an opportunity to sample each. Visitors must be over the age of 18 to participate in the tasting.

  • Museo de Tequila y Mezcal (Spanish)
    At: Plaza Garibaldi, Historic Center
    Tel: (55) 5526 6540 / (55) 5529 1238
    Open: Sunday to Wednesday 13:00-22:00, Thursday to Saturday 13:00-24:00
    Discounted admission for teens aged 13–17, INAPAM members and teachers with valid ID; free admission for children under 13
    Metro: Garibaldi

Charrería Museum (Museo Nacional De La Charrería)

This museum features the traditional costumes and accessories of the traditional Mexican ‘cowboy’ and a large collection of watercolors on rustic themes.

  • Museo Nacional De La Charrería
    At: Av. Isabel La Católica 108 Y José María Izazaga Col. Centro Histórico
    Tel: (55) 5115 3734
    Open: Monday to Friday 10:00-18:00
    Free admission
    Metro: Isabel la Católica

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