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Things to do in Mexico City

The Centro Histórico boasts architecture from the baroque Metropolitan Cathedral to Aztec archaeological site, Templo Mayor and Museum. Sprawling wooded Bosque de Chapultepec is home to several museums, including the National Museum of Anthropology. City retreats include Mexico Park in Condesa and the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco. Hip neighbourhoods such as the Zona Rosa, Condesa and San Angel feature some of the country's leading contemporary art galleries. Most museums are closed on Mondays.

Metropolitan Cathedral, Mexico City. Courtesy of Audrey and George De Lange, www.delange.org
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City. Courtesy of Audrey and George De Lange, www.delange.org
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National Museum of Anthropology

History of Mexican life

A modernist architectural masterpiece and the city's finest museum, the National Museum of Anthropology in Chapultepec brings Mexico's history and ethnography to life. The display on the Spanish conquest is especially fascinating, and there's lots of information in English.



Cost

MX$51; concessions & under-13s free

Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 9am-7pm

Address

Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City 11560

Telephone

+52 (55) 5553 6253

Transport

Chapultepec metro

Website

National Museum of Anthropology Website

Franz Mayer Museum, Mexico City. Courtesy of www.ciudadmexico.com.mx
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Franz Mayer Museum

Decorative arts

Located in Alameda Central, the Franz Mayer Museum is housed in a former hospice and peaceful retreat from the bustling city. The items featured include ceramics, silver, furniture, textiles, sculptures and paintings. All are as functional as they are beautiful.



Cost

MX$45; concessions MX$25; under-12s free

Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 10am-5pm

Address

Hidalgo 45, Mexico City 06300

Telephone

+52 (55) 5518 2266

Transport

Bellas Artes metro

Website

Franz Mayer Museum Website

Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City. Courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art
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Museum of Modern Art

Mexican and international masterpieces

The Museum of Modern Art in Bosque de Chapultepec has permanent exhibitions featuring works by Rivera, Kahlo, Siqueiros, Tamayo and Dr Atl. It also hosts temporary exhibits of the work of international artists and there's a popular sculpture garden to explore.



Cost

MX$20; concessions free; Sun free

Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 10am-5.30pm

Address

Paseo de la Reforma and Gandhi, Mexico City 11560

Telephone

+52 (55) 5211 8331

Transport

Chapultepec metro

Frida Kahlo Museum, Mexico City. Courtesy of Banco de México Fideicomiso Museos Diego Rivera Anahuacalli y Frida Kahlo
4

Frida Kahlo Museum

Artistic icon

The Frida Kahlo Museum in Coyoacán was home to the Mexican painter and her husband, Mexican/Spanish muralist Diego Rivera. Evidence of her life - clay pots, a wheelchair, pre-Colombian art - abounds. The museum also has a bookstore and café.



Cost

MX$55; concessions MX$20; under-6s free

Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 10am-5.45pm

Address

Londres 247, Mexico City 04000

Telephone

+52 (55) 5554 5999

Transport

Coyoacán metro

Website

Frida Kahlo Museum Website

Dolores Olmedo Patiño Museum, Mexico City. Courtesy of Dolores Olmedo Patiño Museum
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Dolores Olmedo Patiño Museum

Rivera's masterpiece collection

Housed in a grand hacienda in Xochimilco, the Dolores Olmedo Patiño Museum boasts 127 paintings by Spanish/Mexican muralist Diego Rivera and 25 works by Frida Kahlo, as well as collections of pre-Colombian, colonial era and folk art and artefacts.



Cost

MX$55; Tue free

Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 10am-6pm

Address

5843, Avenida México, Mexico City 16030

Telephone

+52 (55) 5555 1221

Transport

Metro to Tasqueña; then tren ligero to La Noria.

Website

Dolores Olmedo Patiño Museum Website

Leon Trotsky Museum, Mexico City. Courtesy of Audrey and George De Lange, www.delange.org
6

Leon Trotsky Museum

The revolutionary's last days

The Leon Trotsky Museum in Coyoacán, with its riflemen's watchtowers atop high stone walls, relives the period he took refuge here before he was killed. Trotsky's office has been left as it was and his grave is in the backyard.



Cost

MX$40; concessions MX$20

Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 10am-5pm

Address

Avenida Río Churubusco 410, Mexico City 04100

Telephone

+52 (55) 5658 8732

Transport

Coyoacán metro

Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City. Photo by Claudia Fogg, © Whatsonwhen
7

Palacio de Bellas Artes

Early 20th-century architecture

The Palacio de Bellas Artes in Alameda Central is a flamboyant hybrid of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, best known for its immense murals. It also has an architecture museum and a folklore museum, an elegant bookstore, a café, and temporary exhibitions.



Cost

MX$35; Sun free

Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 10am-6pm

Address

Avenida Hidalgo 1, Mexico City 06050

Telephone

+52 (55) 5512 2593

Transport

Bellas Artes metro

Website

Palacio de Bellas Artes Website

Templo Mayor and Museum, Mexico City. Courtesy of www.dfinitivo.com
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Templo Mayor and Museum

Aztec archaeological site

This pyramid-shaped Aztec temple, uncovered in 1976, was once used for human sacrifices. Today the Templo Mayor and Museum in the Centro Histórico is an archaeological site. Most of the remains, including 6000 artefacts, can be viewed in the museum.



Cost

MX$45; concessions & under-13s free; Sun free

Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 9am-5pm

Address

Seminario 8, Mexico City 06060

Telephone

+52 (55) 5542 4943

Transport

Zócalo metro

Website

Templo Mayor and Museum Website

Our Lady of Guadalupe Basilica, Mexico City. Courtesy of Audrey and George De Lange, www.delange.org
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Our Lady of Guadalupe Basilica

Pilgrimage site

Our Lady of Guadalupe Basilica is a bold architectural statement and national icon. Built in Guadalupe in 1976, it houses a cloak said to show the face of Mexico's patron saint. There is also a 17th-century basilica and museum on site.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Daily 6am-9pm

Address

Calzada de Guadalupe, Mexico City 07050

Telephone

+52 (55) 5577 6022

Transport

La Villa-Basílica metro

Website

Our Lady of Guadalupe Basilica Website

Metropolitan Cathedral, Mexico City. Photo by Claudia Fogg, © Whatsonwhen
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Metropolitan Cathedral

Hispanic catholic exuberance

Metropolitan Cathedral in the Centro Histórico boasts breathtaking Hispanic Baroque flamboyance. Built in the 16th century, it is also the oldest cathedral in the Americas. Sunday evening mass features mariachis, Mexican musical groups, and the bell tower provides city views.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Daily 8am-8pm

Address

Plaza de la Constitución, Mexico City 06060

Telephone

+52 (55) 5510 0440

Transport

Zócalo Metro

National Palace, Mexico City. Courtesy of Audrey and George De Lange, www.delange.org
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National Palace

Centre of national politics

Built in 1563, the National Palace in the Centro Histórico houses the presidential office and Federal Treasury. Most impressive are the several extensive murals by Mexican/Spanish muralist Rivera. The botanical gardens display a well-tended collection of regional flora.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Tue-Fri 10am-4pm; Sat & Sun 10am-5pm

Address

Plaza de la Constitución, Mexico City 06060

Telephone

+52 (55) 3688 1261

Transport

Zócalo metro

Website

National Palace Website

Chapultepec Castle, Mexico City. Courtesy of www.ciudadmexico.com.mx
12

Chapultepec Castle

Mexico's royal past

Chapultepec Castle offers panoramic city views from a hill at the heart of wooded park, Bosque de Chapultepec. The former imperial and presidential palace houses the National History Museum. Visit the hall of mirrors at the base of the hill.



Cost

MX$51; concessions free; Sun free

Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 9am-5pm

Address

Bosque de Chapultepec, Mexico City 11560

Telephone

+52 (55) 5241 3100

Transport

Chapultepec metro

Website

Chapultepec Castle Website

Floating Gardens of Xochimilco, Mexico City. © Jeremy Thompson
13

Floating Gardens of Xochimilco

Boating getaway

Once the Aztec city's breadbasket, Xochimilco is filled with canals, making up the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco. At the weekends, local families hire trajinera boats and float down the canals while enjoying a picnic. Pass by historic buildings, restaurants and musicians.



Cost

MX$200 (per hour, per group of up to 20 people)

Opening Hours

All day

Address

Salitre, Mexico City 16010

Transport

Tasqueña metro; then tren ligero to last stop

Arena de México, Mexico City. © Luz Montero
14

Arena de México

Traditional Mexican wrestling

Colonia Doctores is home to the Arena de México where lucha libre, Mexican wrestling, takes place. Crowds of up to 17,000 give the arena a circus-type ambience twice a week. There are three or four bouts a night.



Cost

MX$70-MX$140

Opening Hours

Tue & Fri from 8.30pm

Address

197, Dr Lavista, Mexico City 08400

Telephone

+52 (55) 5588 0266

Transport

Cuauhtémoc metro

Mexico Park, Mexico City. © Arturo de Albornoz
15

Mexico Park

Public garden respite

Built in 1926 on the site of a former horse-racing venue, the oval-shaped Mexico Park in Condesa is a welcome dose of greenery with fountains, waterfalls, ponds and a lake with swans. In spring the lilac-coloured jacarandas are in bloom.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Daily dawn-dusk

Address

Avenida Michoacán, Mexico City 06170

Transport

Chilpancingo metro

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