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While a museum of calendars might not sound riveting, this extraordinary museum is unexpectedly interesting. It takes a wide angle view of calendars and its 19 exhibition rooms start with displays relating to time itself, including a look at how the galaxy – and therefore time – works and how time is measured in other ages and cultures. The remaining galleries are devoted to calendar artwork including decades of Mexico's calendars.

The building itself is a stunningly renovated mansion, complete with beautiful gardens and courtyards.The outdoor areas and the excellent cafe set on its lawns provide a perfect oasis from the heat, and a place to reflect on the sometimes amusing (and often titillating and politically incorrect) retro calendar depictions.

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1. Cathedral

0.06 MILES

The 18th-century cathedral features both baroque and neoclassical styles, with an emphasis on straight lines and few curves; it's said that the first Mass…

2. Templo de Santa Clara


The 17th-century Templo de Santa Clara has an extraordinarily ornate baroque interior. Masses are held frequently so you'll have to inquire as to the best…

3. Fuente de Neptuno

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A block west of Jardín Zenea is the Fuente de Neptuno, designed by noted Mexican neoclassical architect Eduardo Tresguerras in 1797.

4. Museo de la Ciudad

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Inside the ex-convent and old prison that held the deposed Emperor Maximilian, the 11-room Museo de la Ciudad has some good alternating contemporary art…

5. Museo de Arte de Querétaro

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Querétaro's art museum, adjacent to the Templo de San Agustín, occupies a splendid baroque monastery built between 1731 and 1748. It's worth visiting to…

7. Templo de Santa Rosa de Viterbo

0.22 MILES

The 18th-century Templo de Santa Rosa de Viterbo is Querétaro's most splendid baroque church, with its pagoda-like bell tower, unusual exterior paintwork,…

8. Teatro de la República

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This lovely old functioning theater, complete with impressive chandeliers, was where a tribunal met in 1867 to decide the fate of Emperor Maximilian…