Mexico City is filled to the brim with museums! There are over 150 of them in total, making it one of the top-ranking cities in the world for museums. If you’re a museum lover, Mexico City’s historic center is your version of Disneyland. It might be a little ambitious to try and visit all the city’s museums in just one trip, so we’ve made a hit-list of the 9 best museums in Mexico City with everything from culture and art to history!
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1 – Museo Nacional de Antropología
Our top recommendation is The Museo Nacional de Antropología (National Anthropology Museum) – often regarded as one of the best museums in the world. Located in the Bosque de Chapultepec park, the huge museum explores practically every aspect of pre-Hispanic history and temporary exhibitions commonly feature other great civilizations from around the globe.
Some of the museum’s most amazing pieces include the giant stone heads of the Olmec civilization, the original Aztec sunstone calendar, and ancient sculptures of the Aztec God of death. With over 20 indoor and outdoor exhibits, you might have to visit twice to get a good look at everything!
Where is the Museo Nacional de Antropología?
Av. Paseo de la Reforma s/n, Polanco, Bosque de Chapultepec I Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX
2 – Museo Jumex
If modern and contemporary art is your thing, the Museo Jumex is for you. Boasting world renowned artists like Andy Warhol, Damien Hurst, Jeff Koons, and Marcel Duchamp, the museum’s 4 floors burst with provocative paintings, strange colors, and larger than life works that draw visitors from all over.
Everyone knows this is one of the best museums in Mexico City, so get there as early as possible if you’re visiting on the weekend, or you might be caught in a very long line to get in.
Where is the Museo Jumex?
Blvd. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 303, Granada, 11520 Ciudad de México, CDMX
3 – Museo Soumaya
The iconic building will probably look familiar to you, but it’s what’s inside Museo Soumaya that will really make an impression. Housing over 65,000 works spanning 30 centuries, Museo Soymaya has one of the most complete art collections on earth.
Soumaya is particularly well known for housing masterpieces from Rodin, Van Gough, and Dali, as well as important Mexican art and temporary exhibits from other internationally renowned art collections.
Don’t forget to take a few Instagram photos of the space-age exterior before your go!
Where is the Museo Soumaya?
Blvd. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Presa Falcon esquina, Granada, 11529 Ciudad de México, CDMX
4 – Museo Frida Kahlo
Museo Frida Kahlo can only be described as a one-of-a-kind immersive art experience for lovers of Mexican culture. Also known as the Blue House, it’s where Frida was born, where she lived with Diego Rivera, and where she died in 1954.
If you’re a big fan of Frida Kahlo, the Blue House has everything you’re looking for. Frida’s dresses, her bed, one of her diaries, and even her ashes are on display here!
Where is the Museo Frida Kahlo?
Londres 247, Del Carmen, Coyoacán, 04100 Ciudad de México, CDMX
5 – MUAC (Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo)
The MUAC is a spacious contemporary art museum located on the UNAM campus, Mexico’s largest public university. The UNAM has long been at the forefront of social change and political struggle, something which is strongly reflected in the museum’s exhibitions.
The museum building was designed by Mexican architect Teodoro Gonzalez de Leon, attracting architecture fanatics from all over the world.
Paintings, drawings, audiovisual spaces, and protest graffiti from the 1950s onwards are housed in the MUAC. After an afternoon of admiring Mexico’s finest contemporary masterpieces, refuel at the museum’s fancy restaurant.
Where is the MUAC?
Insurgentes 3000, C.U., Coyoacán, 04510 Ciudad de México, CDMX
6 – Museo Nacional de Historia
The Museo Nacional de Historia (National History Museum) is housed in the grandiose Chapultepec Castle, a colonial palace in the middle of the city’s largest and most popular public park.
The museum houses art and historical objects from various stages of Mexico’s history, including the war of independence and the revolution of 1910.
Take your camera, because the panoramic views from Chapultepec Hill are the best in the city.
Where is the Museo Nacional de Historia?
Primera Sección del Bosque de Chapultepec S/N, San Miguel Chapultepec I Secc, Miguel Hidalgo, 11580 Ciudad de México
7 – Museo de Arte Popular
A list of the best museums in Mexico City wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the fascinating Museo de Arte Popular.
Mexican folk art, stained glass, obscure textiles, and colorful furniture make this an unmissable stop on your tour of the city’s museums. The museum offers unique exhibits with a fusion of modern and traditional art techniques, as well as an incredible variety of visiting exhibitions from other parts of Mexico or even from overseas!
If you’re in town for more than just a day or two, the museum also holds workshops, guided nighttime tours, and art courses throughout the year.
Where is the Museo de Arte Popular?
Revillagigedo 11, Colonia Centro, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06050 Ciudad de México, CDMX
8 – Palacio de Bellas Artes
One of Mexico City’s most recognizable buildings is also home to one of its best museums. The Palacio de Bellas Artes, constructed over the span of about 30 years in the early 20th century, draws swathes of tourists with several halls displaying historical paintings, plastic arts, and contemporary paintings.
The museum also houses some of Mexico’s most well-known murals from artists such as Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and José Clemente Orozco.
Even if you don’t go inside, at least marvel at the building’s one-of-a-kind exterior!
Where is the Palacio de Bellas Artes?
Av. Juárez S/N, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06050 Ciudad de México, CDMX
9 – Museo del Objeto del Objeto
The Museo del Objeto del Objeto (Museum of the Purpose of the Object) offers a well curated collection that aims to look at society through everyday objects.
Exhibitions rotate every few months, but themes include advertising, vintage fashion, old household appliances, food packaging, and other familiar items that give visitors new and challenging perspectives on the meaning of otherwise common objects.
Where is the Museo del Objeto del Objeto?
Colima 145, Roma Nte., Cuauhtémoc, 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX