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Museo de Antropología

Set in spacious gardens on the west side of Avenida Xalapa, 4km northwest of the center, the building that encases this remarkable museum (containing Mexico’s second-finest archaeological collection) is a work of ar…
Museum in Xalapa

Museo Ex-Hacienda El Lencero

Almost as old as New Spain itself, this former posada (inn) was initiated in 1525 by Juan Lencero, a soldier loyal to Hernán Cortés, and served as a resting place for tired travelers toiling between a newly European…
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Parque Ecológico Macuiltépetl

Atop a hill north of the city, this 40-hectare park is actually the heavily wooded cap of an extinct volcano. Spiraling to the top, the park’s paths are a treasure for the city’s robust fraternity of joggers, and pr…
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Contemporary art gallery

The town’s contemporary art gallery is in a renovated colonial building 1km east of the city center showing worthwhile, sometimes edgy, temporary exhibitions. There’s a small movie theater here that shows artsy film…
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Galería de Arte Contemporáneo

The town’s contemporary art gallery is in a renovated colonial building 1km east of the center. Showing an interesting range of temporary exhibitions and some ceramics, there’s also a small movie theater that screen…
Museum in Xalapa

Museo Interactivo de Xalapa

In the city’s less intriguing suburbs, this new jack-of-all-trades museum works wonders on rainy days with hyperactive kids. There are six themed rooms (science, ecology, art etc), a planetarium and an IMAX cinema. …
Gallery in Xalapa

Pinacoteca Diego Rivera

Tucked beneath the west side of the plaza, this small gallery houses a modest collection of Rivera’s works, as well as pieces from other Mexican artists. There's excellent coffee to be had at the Jarochostyle Café o…
Park in Xalapa

Parque de los Tecajetes

Another dense, jungle-like nature park where you’ll forget you’re in the city. It’s 1km from the center on Avenida Ávila Camacho. Joggers and walkers enjoy rustic paths and stone aqueducts.
Park in Xalapa

Jardín Botánico Clavijero

Southwest of the town center, this attractive park has an expansive collection of subtropical and cloud-forest plants. The pines are particularly prolific.
Museum in Xalapa

Museo Casa de Xalapa

For a quick exposé of Xalapan history, head to this museum in an old colonial house close to Parque Juárez. It’s small, but lovingly put together.