The Palacio de Gobierno, which houses state government offices, was finished in 1774. It’s open to the public – just walk in – and it’s well worth stopping by, mainly due to two impressive socialist realist murals by local artist José Clemente Orozco (1883–1949). The real head-turner is the 1937 mural of Miguel Hidalgo that dominates the main interior staircase. Hidalgo brandishes a torch in one fist while the masses struggle at his feet against the twin burdens of communism and fascism.
Another Orozco mural in the ex-Congreso (former Congress Hall) upstairs depicts Hidalgo, Benito Juárez and other historical luminaries. On the ground floor there’s a well-curated museum about the history of Jalisco. It also includes a section on the cultivation of tequila. Labeling is in Spanish.