Did you know that Mexico City is the 2nd city in the world with the most museums? If you didn’t, now you know. And taking that into consideration, there are indeed a lot of places that you can visit, there is something for everyone. Whether you are interested in art, photography, history of Mexico, pre-hispanic history or art, you can find everything here. This also can be a problem, because you don’t know what to visit first. But we are here to help you, we are going to share with you a list of the best museums in Mexico City, that are definitely a must see.
Be sure to visit some of these museums, and enjoy your stay in this outstanding city. Here is the list of best museums in Mexico City.
1. Museo Nacional de Antropología (MNA)
Like any other museum in the world that is this big and has a lot to offer, it is pretty difficult to explore everything just in one day. But before you go you can do a little research online, and see what’s most interesting to you, a make a plan for what you want to see. Or if you have some extra time, you can always go back there again. This museum has some of the most important collections of pre-hispanic art, and something that you don’t need to miss, The World of the Maya and the Map of Meso-America, two incredible murals.
2. Teoría del color
This is such an interesting museum, and everyone will love it here. It has a special Experimental Sound Space room, which is a dark room where sound works of all types are created. The museum was designed by Teodoro González de León, and it has a space of installations that are designed specifically for this building. Definitely, something that you don’t want to miss.
3. Museo Frida Kahlo, Casa Azul
This is one of the most visited museums in the whole city because one of the most important female figures in the art world was born here, Frida Kahlo. She also lived in this house, and she died here, her ashes are now placed in her bedroom. It’s called the Blue House, and here you can see some of her most popular works, but you can also see how she lived, you can see her diaries, her dresses, and every little thing that meant something to her.
4. Munal, Museo Nacional de Arte
The construction of the museum building began in 1904, and first, it was the Palace of the Secretary of Communications and Public Works. The building itself is very impressive, and you will definitely enjoy your stay here. The collections that are held here are from the viceroy era to the middle of the 20th century. You can see the famous sculpture Malgré Tout” (“In spite of it all”) by Jesús Fructuoso Contreras here.
5. Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes en el Centro
Another building which constructions began in 1904 and the interior of the building was designed in the decades after the revolution. It has several exhibition halls where that are dedicated to plastic arts and history. And the most important part of the museum are the murals of some of the greatest Mexican artists like Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Roberto Montenegro, Jorge González Camarena, and José Clemente Orozco.
Its construction began in 1904 during the Porfirio Diaz dictatorship, and its interiors were designed in the decades after the revolution. Not to mention the vestibule’s impressive Art Deco construction. Inside, there are several exhibition halls for plastic arts and history, and dominating its walls are some of the most imposing murals of the greatest Mexican Muralists: Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco, Roberto Montenegro, and Jorge González Camarena.
6. Museo de Arte Moderno
This museum holds one of the most important collections of 20th-century art in Latin America. There are always very interesting temporary exhibits that you can visit, but something that you need to visit is its collection of famous artist like Frida Kahlo, Leonora Carrington, Diego Rivera, and Remedios Varo.
7. Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo
If you are a true art lover then this is the place for you to be. This museum has an impressive collection of Rufino Tamayo, which was donated by the artist himself. It also has an international collection from the 1960’s-70’s. And it always has some great exhibits.
8. Museo Dolores Olmedo
We kept something very interesting for the end, the home of Dolores Olmedo. You will enjoy your visit to this museum because it has outstanding gardens where you can walk and relax, and it holds the collections from Dolores. She was a great friend of Diego Rivera, and here you can see some of his greatest works. Also, there are paintings of his first wife, Angelina Beloff and Frida Kahlo also. But be careful, and do a little research before visiting, because these paintings are always traveling the world, so there is a possibility that they will not be on display the time you visit.
We hope that we helped you a little and that you will visit some of the museums on this list. We know that you will enjoy whatever you decide to visit only one or all of them.