Attractions

Top Choice Cathedral in Morelia

Morelia Cathedral

Morelia’s cathedral, considered by many to be the country's most beautiful, dominates the city center, where it flanks rather than faces the central plaza. It took almost a century to build (1660−1744), which explai…
Top Choice Historic Building in Morelia

Biblioteca Pública de la Universidad Michoacana

Installed inside the magnificent 17th-century Ex Templo de la Compañía de Jesús, the shelves of the city's breathtaking university library rise up toward the domed and painted ceilings and are crammed from head to t…
Top Choice Museum in Morelia

Centro Cultural Clavijero

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

Museo Regional Michoacano

Housed in a dozen rooms of a renovated late-18th-century baroque palace, this museum contains an impressive array of pre-Hispanic artifacts, including a reconstructed open tomb from El Opeño, colonial art and relics…
Church in Morelia

Santuario de la Virgen de Guadalupe

A standard baroque structure on the outside dating from 1708 to 1716, this hushed sanctuary to Mexico's patron is a different story within. Get ready for a glistening profusion of pink, red and gold, gold, gold! The…
Notable Building in Morelia

Colegio de San Nicolás de Hidalgo

This building is now part of the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, which produced such scholars as Morelos, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla and José Sixto Verduzco. Upstairs, the Sala de Melchor Ocampo is …
Museum in Morelia

Museo Casa de Morelos

This museum, arguably Morelia's best on the subject of José María Morelos y Pavón, resides in the former house of the independence hero, who bought the Spanish-style mansion for his sister in 1801. Well-laid-out dis…
Gallery in Morelia

Museo de Arte Colonial

This ambitious museum contains five rooms chock-a-block with religious paintings and sculptures, including more than 100 depictions of the crucified Christ. Highlights include a small statue of Jesus wearing a skirt…
Gallery in Morelia

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Alfredo Zalce

Modern-art fans might find something interesting at this art museum in Bosque Cuauhtémoc named for the Michoacano artist and muralist Alfredo Zalce (1908–2003). The lovely late-19th-century building contains a dozen…
Zoo in Morelia

Parque Zoológico Benito Juárez

Morelia's zoo is located 2.5km south of the Plaza de Armas and is surprisingly pleasant, with most critters in decent habitats. Animals include sea lions, giraffes, elephants and lots of winged creatures. Gravel pat…