Top ChoiceMuseum in Polanco & Bosque de Chapultepec

Museo Nacional de Antropología

Museo Nacional de Antropología

This world-class museum stands in an extension of the Bosque de Chapultepec and is a highlight of visiting CDMX. Its long, rectangular courtyard is surrounded on three sides by two-level display halls. The 12...

Top ChoiceArts Center in Alameda Central

Palacio de Bellas Artes

Palacio de Bellas Artes

Immense murals by world-famous Mexican artists dominate the top floors of this splendid white-marble palace – a concert hall and arts center commissioned by President Porfirio Díaz. Construction on the iconic...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Coyoacán & San Ángel

Museo Frida Kahlo

Museo Frida Kahlo

Renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was born in, and lived and died in, Casa Azul (Blue House), now a museum. Almost every visitor to Mexico City makes a pilgrimage here to gain a deeper understanding of the...

Top ChoiceArchaeological Site in Centro Histórico

Templo Mayor

Templo Mayor

Before the Spaniards demolished it, the Aztec 'Great Temple' Teocalli of Tenochtitlán covered the site where the cathedral now stands, as well as the blocks to its north and east. It wasn’t until 1978, after...

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Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo

Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo

If you saw the movie Frida (2002), you’ll recognize this museum, designed by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera's friend, architect and painter Juan O’Gorman. The artistic couple called this place home from 1934 to...

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Museo Casa de León Trotsky

Museo Casa de León Trotsky

The Trotsky home, now a museum, remains much as it was on the day when one of Stalin's agents, a Catalan named Ramón Mercader, caught up with the revolutionary and smashed an ice axe into his skull. Memorabilia...

Top ChoicePublic Art in Centro Histórico

Secretaría de Educación Pública

Secretaría de Educación Pública

The two front courtyards here are lined with 120 fresco panels painted by Diego Rivera in the 1920s. Together they form a tableau of ‘the very life of the people,’ in the artist’s words. Uniquely, the murals are...

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Museo Mural Diego Rivera

Museo Mural Diego Rivera

This museum is home to one of Diego Rivera’s most famous works, Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central (Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in the Alameda Central), a 15m-long mural painted in 1947. Rivera...

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Museo de Arte Popular

A major showcase for folk art, this is a colorful museum that even kids love. Crafts are thematically displayed from all over Mexico, including carnival masks from Chiapas, alebrijes (fanciful animal figures)...

Top ChoiceMonument in Alameda Central

Monumento a la Revolución

Monumento a la Revolución

Unveiled in 1938, this monument contains the tombs of the revolutionary and post-revolutionary heroes Pancho Villa, Francisco Madero, Venustiano Carranza, Plutarco Elías Calles and Lázaro Cárdenas. The star today...

Top ChoicePalace in Centro Histórico

Palacio Nacional

Palacio Nacional

Inside this grandiose colonial palace you'll see Diego Rivera murals (painted between 1929 and 1951) that depict Mexican civilization from the arrival of Quetzalcóatl (the Aztec plumed serpent god) to the...

Top ChoiceViewpoint in Centro Histórico

Torre Latinoamericana

Torre Latinoamericana

The Torre Latinoamericana was Latin America’s tallest building when constructed in 1956, and thanks to the deep-seated pylons that anchor the building, it has withstood several major earthquakes, including those...

Cathedral in Centro Histórico

Catedral Metropolitana

Catedral Metropolitana

One of Mexico City’s most iconic structures, this cathedral is a monumental edifice: 109m long, 59m wide and 65m high. Started in 1573, it remained a work in progress during the entire colonial period, thus...

Museum in Ciudad Universitaria & Tlalpan

Anahuacalli

Anahuacalli

Designed by Diego Rivera to house his collection of pre-Hispanic art, this museum is a templelike structure of volcanic stone. The ‘House of Anáhuac’ (the Aztec name for the Valle de México) also contains one of...

Museum in Polanco & Bosque de Chapultepec

Museo Jumex

Museo Jumex was built to house one of Latin America's leading contemporary art collections. Temporary exhibits draw on a collection of around 2600 pieces from renowned Mexican and international artists previously...

Historic Building in Centro Histórico

Casa de los Azulejos

Past the pedestrian corridor Gante stands the amazing Casa de los Azulejos. Dating from 1596, it was built for the Condes (Counts) del Valle de Orizaba. Most of the tiles that adorn the outside walls were...

Museum in Centro Histórico

Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso

Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso

Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and David Siqueiros painted murals here in the 1920s. Most of the work on the main patio is by Orozco; look for the portrait of Hernán Cortés and his lover La Malinche...

Viewpoint in Alameda Central

Monumento a la Revolución Paseo Linternilla

The star attraction of the monument is the 65m-high summit paseo linternilla accessed by a glass elevator. The vertigo-inducing elevator opens to a spiraling staircase that ascends to a round terrace with a...

Shrine in Mexico City

Basílica de Guadalupe

Basílica de Guadalupe

A cult developed around this site after a Christian convert named Juan Diego claimed in December 1531 that the Virgin Mary appeared before him on the Cerro del Tepeyac (Tepeyac Hill). After numerous sightings, so...

Street in Centro Histórico

Avenida Madero

This stately pedestrianized shopping avenue west of the Zócalo, linking Bellas Artes and the Zócalo, boasts a veritable catalog of architectural styles and some small museums. Expect slow-moving throngs of...