Top Choice Cathedral in Morelia


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…
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…
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…
Museum in Morelia

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Alfredo Zalce

Modern-art fans might find something interesting at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Alfredo Zalce named for the Michoacano artist and muralist. The 19th-century building hosts temporary exhibitions of contemporary a…
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…
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…
Gardens in Morelia


Near the convention center, about 1.5km south of the city center, there's a worthwhile Orchid House, which exhibits nearly 3000 species of wild and hybrid orchid. The orchids bloom best in April, May and October.
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…
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…