Museo Regional de Guadalajara

Lonely Planet review

North of the cathedral, this excellent museum tells the story of Guadalajara and the surrounding region from prehistory to the revolution. The ground floor houses a natural history collection whose highlight is a mightily impressive woolly mammoth skeleton. There is also a superb collection of pre-Hispanic ceramics dating from 600 BC including figurines, ceramics and silver and gold artifacts. Upstairs are colonial paintings depicting the Spanish conquest as well as more standard religious allegories, an ethnography section with displays about indigenous life in Jalisco and a revolutionary wing where the guns, uniforms and desks of Mexico’s great rebels are on display. The building is well worth visiting for itself, with its gorgeous tree-planted courtyard.