Must-see attractions in Mexico City

  • Museo del Estanquillo

    Centro Histórico

    Housed in a gorgeous neoclassical building two blocks from the Zócalo, this museum contains the vast pop-culture collection amassed over the decades by…

  • MUAC

    Ciudad Universitaria & Tlalpan

    Designed by veteran architect Teodoro González de León, the contemporary art museum's sloping, minimalist-style glass facade stands in stark contrast to…

  • Museo de la Ciudad de México

    Centro Histórico

    Formerly a palace of the Counts of Santiago de Calimaya, this 18th-century baroque edifice now houses a museum with extensive exhibits focusing on the…

  • Museo del Objeto del Objeto

    Roma

    Packing a collection of nearly 100,000 pieces, some as old as the Mexican War of Independence (1810), this two-story design museum tells unique versions…

  • Palacio de Iturbide

    Centro Histórico

    Built for colonial nobility, in 1821 this became the residence of General Agustín Iturbide, a Mexican independence hero who was proclaimed emperor here in…

  • Museo Tamayo

    Polanco & Bosque de Chapultepec

    A multilevel structure built to house international contemporary art, donated by Oaxaca-born painter Rufino Tamayo to the people of Mexico. The small…

  • Museo Memoria y Tolerancia

    Alameda Central

    A mazelike, unique museum of 55 halls dedicated to preserving the memory of genocide victims. The multimedia exhibit chronicles crimes committed against…

  • Museo de Arte Moderno

    Polanco & Bosque de Chapultepec

    The collection here exhibits work by noteworthy 20th-century and contemporary Mexican artists, including canvases by Dr Atl, Rivera, Siqueiros, Orozco,…

  • Laboratorio de Arte Alameda

    Alameda Central

    As is often the case with museums in the centro, the 17th-century former convent building that contains the Laboratorio de Arte Alameda is at least as…

  • Casa Guillermo Tovar de Teresa

    Condesa

    The converted art storehouse of historian and bibliophile Guillermo Tovar de Teresa opened its doors in 2018 as a sumptuous museum of the Museo Soumaya…

  • Universum

    Ciudad Universitaria & Tlalpan

    A huge science museum offering fun-filled attractions for kids, such as a planetarium and permanent exhibits that explore biodiversity, the human brain…

  • Parque México

    Condesa

    The ideal place to start your Condesa explorations is at its heart in the buzzing greenery of Parque México, attracting professional dog walkers, dancers…

  • Museo Nacional de Arte

    Centro Histórico

    Built around 1900 in the style of an Italian Renaissance palace, this museum holds collections representing every school of Mexican art until the early…

  • Parque Nacional Desierto de los Leones

    Mexico City

    Cool, fragrant pine and oak forests dominate this 20-sq-km national park in the hills surrounding the Valle de México. Around 23km southwest of Mexico…

  • Museo de El Carmen

    Coyoacán & San Ángel

    A storehouse of magnificent sacred art in a former school run by the Carmelite order. The collection includes oils by Mexican master Cristóbal de…

  • Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil

    Coyoacán & San Ángel

    One of the city’s first contemporary-art spaces, this San Ángel museum was founded by Yucatecan businessman Álvaro Carrillo Gil to store a large…

  • Papalote Museo del Niño

    Polanco & Bosque de Chapultepec

    Your children won’t want to leave this innovative, hands-on museum. Here kids can put together a radio program, channel their inner mad scientist, join an…

  • Audiorama

    Polanco & Bosque de Chapultepec

    Audiorama is a small circular outdoor space enclosed in the greenery of Chapultepec, sometimes used for intimate classical music performances. It is…

  • Sagrario Metropolitano

    Centro Histórico

    Adjoining the east side of the Catedral Metropolitana is the 18th-century Sagrario Metropolitano. Originally built to house the archives and vestments of…

  • Museo Nacional de la Estampa

    Alameda Central

    Devoted to the graphic arts, this museum has thematic exhibits, such as Zapata through contemporary images, from its collection of more than 12,000 prints…

  • Museo Archivo de la Fotografía

    Centro Histórico

    Occupying a 16th-century colonial-era building, the city's photo museum hosts changing exhibits focusing on all things Mexico City. Additionally, the…

  • Centro de la Imagen

    Alameda Central

    The Centro de la Imagen is the city’s photography museum. The small, innovatively designed space stages compelling exhibitions, often focusing on…

  • Centro Cultural Jesús Reyes Heroles

    Coyoacán & San Ángel

    The Centro Cultural Jesús Reyes Heroles is a colonial-era estate hosting art and book presentations. Take a wander around the grounds, where yuccas and…

  • Iglesia de la Santa Veracruz

    Alameda Central

    Originally constructed in 1586, this church was rebuilt in the 18th century and now houses the Museo Franz Mayer. It features two doors in Mexican baroque…

  • Fuente de Xochipilli

    Polanco & Bosque de Chapultepec

    This complex of cascade fountains opened in 1964, featuring architecture inspired by Tenochca (of Tenochtitlan) style with eagle-warrior heads and sloping…

  • MUCA Roma

    Roma

    Sponsored by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), this small university museum exhibits Mexican and international contemporary art with…

  • Casa Frisaac

    Ciudad Universitaria & Tlalpan

    This 19th-century estate, once the property of President Adolfo López Mateos, houses an art gallery with temporary exhibits, and a small auditorium for…

  • Museo Nacional de Culturas Populares

    Coyoacán & San Ángel

    The Museo Nacional de Cul­turas Populares stages innovative exhibitions on folk traditions, indigenous crafts and celebrations in its various courtyards…

  • Centro de Cultura Casa Lamm

    Roma

    This cultural complex contains a gallery for contemporary Mexican painting and photography as well as an excellent art library.

  • Plaza of Three Cultures

    Plaza de las Tres Culturas

    Mexico City

    So named because it symbolizes the fusion of pre-Hispanic and Spanish roots into the Mexican mestizo identity, this plaza displays the architectural…

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Museo Nacional de las Intervenciones

    Museo Nacional de las Intervenciones

    Mexico City

    On August 20, 1847, Mexican troops defended this 17th-century former monsatery against US forces advancing from Veracruz in a dispute over the US…

  • View of sugar skulls, a common gift for children and decoration for the "Day of the Dead", at the "Museo del Juguete Antiguo México" in Mexico City on October 20, 2020. - The collection of skulls is from 1968 and were made as gifts for the different sports delegations that participated in the 1968 Mexico Olympic Games. (Photo by ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP) (Photo by ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP via Getty Images)

    Museo del Juguete Antiguo México

    Mexico City

    Mexican-born Japanese collector Roberto Shimizu has amassed more than a million toys in his lifetime, and this jumbled four-floor museum showcases about…

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    Ex-Convento de Churubusco

    Mexico City

    On August 20, 1847, this former convent was the scene of a historic military defeat, when Mexican troops defended it against US forces advancing from…

  • Acuario Inbursa

    Polanco & Bosque de Chapultepec

    Mexico's largest aquarium holds 1.6 million liters of water and 280 well-cared-for marine species, including barracuda, manta rays and five types of…

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    Museo de la Basílica de Guadalupe

    Mexico City

    The Museo de la Basílica de Guadalupe, at the rear of the Antigua Basílica, has a fine collection of colonial art interpreting the miraculous vision.

  • Plaza Santo Domingo

    Centro Histórico

    Smaller and less hectic than nearby Zócalo, this plaza has long served as a base for scribes and printers. Descendants of those who did the paperwork for…

  • Museo Jardín del Agua

    Polanco & Bosque de Chapultepec

    Diego Rivera painted a series of murals for the inauguration of Cárcamo de Dolores, Chapultepec's waterworks facility built in the 1940s. Experimenting…