Ciudad de México y sus Museos
September 4 – 11, 2017
A Cultural Learning Experience
Mexico City is bountiful with museums – more than 175 of them – which is not a surprise taking into account its very rich cultural and historical past. Some say that Mexico City actually has the title of the City with The Most Museums, beating out stiff competition from New York, London and Paris. Obviously it would be impossible to visit them all in our upcoming visit, so we’ve compiled the best art, history and culture museums in Mexico City that you need to visit in this tour. We will visit a total of 22 museums.
Fee includes: $1950 p/p double occupancy
- Round trip airfare from Tucson – Mexico City – Tucson
- 8 night hotel accommodations based on double occupancy
- Ground transportation for transfers, guided tours and visits
- Local bilingual guides and driver
- Entrance fees in sites
- 7 full breakfasts
- And… your favorite Spanish teacher
Here are some places we will visit:
Museo Nacional de Antropología
Located in Bosque de Chapultepec, a veritable big gun on the Mexico City museum scene is undoubtedly the National Anthropology Museum. Widely considered to be the best of Mexico City’s 150+ museums, it can be described only as sprawling. Permanent exhibitions are divided into archaeology and ethnology, with 11 separate rooms dedicated to each. Temporary exhibitions are also regularly rotated and curated, and the internal courtyard features the iconic, cascading water feature.
Museo Frida Kahlo
Museo Frida Kahlo is definitely the perfect balance of both art gallery and museum. Known as ‘The Blue House’ for its eye-catching color scheme, Museo Frida Kahlo is one of Mexico’s most instantly recognizable and iconic artistic exports. Her house-cum-gallery is a museum that’s a classic on the Mexico City scene, featuring serene gardens with cats nestling in and amongst the cacti. Each room is like walking into one of her paintings; immersive, vibrant and distinctly Frida.
Museo Nacional de Historia
Located within the imposing, neo-Gothic Castillo de Chapultepec constructed in the 1860s, Museo Nacional de Historia (National History Museum) is accessible on foot or by a quaint train journey – well worth the investment should you find yourself in one of Mexico City’s typical summer downpours. This magnificent museum offers regularly updated special expositions, as well as impressive permanent exhibits. The views over Chapultepec Park from the attached gardens are not to be sniffed at either.
Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes
A fixture of Mexico City’s historic center is the distinctive silhouette of the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes. An absolute must-see in the city, from both inside and out, it was at one time the first art museum in the capital. Thankfully, it’s been joined by many others since its inauguration in 1934 – however, it still ranks as one of the best.
If you don’t know the name, you’ll know the building. Designed by Fernando Romero and owned by Carlos Slim, Museo Soumaya is a curvaceous architectural masterpiece that calls the upscale Miguel Hidalgo district home. It is only rivaled in modern museum excellence by Bilbao’s Guggenheim. Inside, find a stunning range of works by the so-called European Old Masters, including French Auguste Rodin.
Museo Nacional de Arte: MUNAL
This breathtaking building in downtown Mexico City—housed in the old Public Work Palace and designed by Silvio Contri—has an impressive collection of national works of art, spanning from the 16th century to the 1950s. Expect painting from masters such as Manuel Ocaranza, Gerardo Murillo (aka “Dr. Atl”) and José María Velasco, famous for his evocative landscapes.
Museo Nacional de Historia: Castillo de Chapultepec
Sitting atop Chapultepec hill is this gorgeous castle, which was built as a summer house for viceroy Bernardo de Gálvez and served as official residence of emperor Maximiliano I. These days, you can view furniture, paintings and historic documents on display, and take a tour of the castle’s many rooms, including Empress Carlota’s bedroom.
Museo Franz Mayer
Dedicated to decorative arts and design, this downtown museum features pottery, textiles, silverware and furniture from the 16th through the 19th centuries, as well as more than 10,000 folk art objects and impressive photographic archives. It also hosts exciting temporary exhibitions, including the winners of the World Press Photo competition every fall.
Already considered the MoMA of Mexico City, the 4,000-square-foot, five-story Jumex Museum has generated massive hype around the globe. It’s the largest contemporary art space in Latin America, featuring a permanent collection of 2,600 pieces by international and Latin American artists, in addition to rotating exhibitions. The contemporary art space houses the vast collection of Eugenio Lopez, the heir to the Jumex fruit juice and foods conglomerate, along with works by prominent international modern artists like Jeff Koons and Andreas Gursky.
Museo del Tequila y el Mezcal
The latest addition to Plaza Garibaldi has exhibits explaining the origins and production process of Mexico’s two most popular distilled agave drinks. The tour ends with a tasting on a rooftop bar overlooking the plaza. An on-site store sells some decent, albeit overpriced, tequilas and mezcals.
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