With Mexico City boasting more museums than any other city in the world, it’s no wonder that choosing which to visit while in town can be a daunting process. With approximately 150 museums to choose from, we narrowed down a few of our favorites to consider the next time you’re in need of some Mexico history or architecture and design, or a stunning combo of both.
Frida Kahlo Museum
Casa Azul (The Blue House), as it’s often called, served as the home where the famed Mexican artist was born, lived and died. Now, turned into a museum, the home’s vibrant blue exterior is unmissable and inside it is filled with an array of mementos and personal items. Like one would expect, the home-turned-museum is a perfect representation of the artist’s creative and tumultuous life.
Casa Luis Barragan
The only individual property in Latin America to receive the honor of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this contemporary work was completed in 1948 by Luis Barragan. Today, the museum contains his residency and studio and is just as the architect left it before his death in 1988.
Museo Nacional de Antropología
For tons to see and experience, the National Anthropology Museum is among some of the best. The extensive space features permanent exhibitions divided into archaeology and ethnology, with each featuring 11 separate rooms. Guests can also enjoy temporary exhibitions which are constantly in rotation.
Even if you don’t go inside, this museum is worth visiting for its avante-garde shape that’s characterized by a curvy structure and shiny, reflective exterior. As a part of the Fundación de Carlos Slim, A.C., the museum includes a collection of more then 30 centuries of art from Europe and the Americas. It also notably contains the world’s largest collection of works by Auguste Rodin outside of France.
Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes
This iconic building has often been called the “Cathedral of Art in Mexico” and has served as the home to notable artistic and cultural events, performances, exhibits and more. Inside, murals by Diego Rivera, Siqueiros and more can be found along with beautiful architecture and more. In 1987 the palace was declared an artistic monument by UNESCO.