Futura CDMX

Centro Histórico

The star attraction at this interactive center is a 234-sq-meter scale model of Mexico City, with a projection mapping presentation in Spanish (or English upon request) that shows the capital's growth explosion since pre-Hispanic times. Some of the exhibits are unabashedly propagandist, but you can still learn much about the city and how it sizes up to others.

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3. Palacio de Iturbide

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4. Torre Latinoamericana

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5. Avenida Madero

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This stately pedestrianized shopping avenue west of the Zócalo, linking Bellas Artes and the Zócalo, boasts a veritable catalog of architectural styles…

6. Casa de los Azulejos

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8. Museo de la Ciudad de México

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