Pinacoteca Diego Rivera
Tucked beneath the west side of the plaza, this small gallery houses a modest collection of Rivera’s works, as well as pieces from other...
On the plaza's north side is the Palacio Municipal.
Museo Casa de Xalapa
For a quick exposé of Xalapan history, head to this museum in an old colonial house close to Parque Juárez. It’s small, but lovingly put...
A busy and sleekly modern arts center with a cinema, theater, gallery, bookstore and cafe.
Hidden downstairs in the Mesón del Alférez Xalapa, this brightly decorated place attracts a crowd of loyal regulars who come for the...
Parque Juárez information
Xalapa's centrally located main square feels like a terrace, with its south side overlooking the valley below and the snowcapped cone of Pico de Orizaba beckoning in the distance. Greener and better kept than most other plazas in Mexico, you’ll find monkey puzzle trees and manicured hedges among the shoe-shiners, balloon sellers and wandering minstrels.
On the plaza’s north side is the 1855 neoclassical Palacio Municipal and on the east side is the Palacio de Gobierno , the seat of Veracruz' state government. The Palacio de Gobierno has a fine mural by Mario Orozco Rivera depicting the history of justice above the stairway near the eastern entrance on Enríquez.