Attractions

Top Choice Cathedral in Morelia

Cathedral

Getting bored of Mexican churches? Here's one to knock you out of your reverie! Morelia’s beautiful cathedral (unforgettable when it’s lit up at night) dominates the city where it sits side-on to (rather than facing…
Top Choice Museum in Morelia

Museo Casa de Morelos

Arguably Morelia's best museum resides in the former house of independece hero, José María Morelos y Pavón, who bought the Spanish-style mansion on the corner of Avenida Morelos and Soto y Saldaña in 1801. Well-laid…
Museum in Morelia

Museo Casa Natal de Morelos

José María Morelos y Pavón, one of the most important heroes in Mexico’s struggle for independence, is king in Morelia – after all, the entire city is named after him. He was born in this house on the corner of Call…
Historic Building in Morelia

Biblioteca Pública de la Universidad Michoacana

Town councils of the world take note: if you're going to build a public library (which you should), then please make it look like this one. Installed inside the magnificent 16th-century Ex-Templo de la Compañía de J…
Museum in Morelia

Museo del Estado

This free museum of Michoacano history is a slightly dusty and haphazard affair, but packs in plenty of information from prehistoric times to first contact with the conquistadors. Pre-Hispanic arrowheads, ceramic fi…
Notable Building in Morelia

Colegio de San Nicolás

Morelos studied here, one block west of the plaza. While not another Morelos museum, it has become a foundation for the Universidad Michoacana. Upstairs, the Sala de Melchor Ocampo is a memorial to another Mexican h…
Notable Building in Morelia

Palacio de Justicia

Facing the leafy expanse of Plaza de Armas, the Palacio de Justicia was built between 1682 and 1695 to serve as the city hall. Its facade blends French and baroque styles, with stairwell art in the courtyard. An Agu…
Museum in Morelia

Museo Regional Michoacano

Housed in a late-18th-century baroque palace and the recipient of a recent renovation, this museum keeps an impressive array of pre-Hispanic artifacts, colonial art and relics, including one of the carved stone coyo…
Museum in Morelia

Palacio Clavijero

From 1660 to 1767 the Palacio Clavijero, with its magnificently minimalist main patio, imposing colonnades and pink stonework, was home to the Jesuit school of St Francis Xavier. Today the building houses exhibition…
in Morelia

Parque Zoológico Benito Juárez

The zoo is 3km south of the Plaza de Armas and surprisingly pleasant, with most critters in decent habitats. Animals include sea lions, giraffes, elephants, lots of birds and reptiles. Gravel paths make it hard for …