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Chapultepec Park Museums

Mexico City Museums In or Near Chapultepec Park

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Chapultepec is a huge park in Mexico City with a wide variety of sights and attractions. Some of the city's best museums are located in and around this park. Here are a few museums you can explore on a visit to Chapultepec Park.

1. Museo Nacional de Historia (National History Museum)

Chapultepec Castle
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Housed in Chapultepec Castle (Castillo de Chapultepec), this museum is located in Section 1 of Chapultepec Park and besides being an important historical building, houses two sections, one which contains displays about the military college and the other has furnishings and belongings of the building's previous inhabitants. There are also murals by murals by Orozco, Siqueiros, and O’Gorman here.

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm. Closed Mondays.
Admission: 57 pesos
Closest metro station: Auditorio or Chapultepec
Website: mnh.inah.gob.mx
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2. Museo Nacional de Antropología (National Anthropology Museum)

National Anthropology Museum
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This is the country's most important museum, with the largest collection of Prehispanic pieces. The collection consists of some ten thousand original pieces which are exhibited in over 23 exhibition halls. The first floor is dedicated to to Prehispanic Mexico, and the second floor the ethnology halls which show the cultural characteristics of the indigenous peoples of Mexico.

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 7 pm. Closed Mondays.
Admission: 57 pesos
Closest metro station: Auditorio
Website: mna.inah.gob.mx
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3. Museo de Arte Moderno (Modern Art Museum)

Museo Arte Moderno
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The Modern Art Museum contains one of the largest collections of twentieth-century Mexican art consisting of around 3000 pieces including paintings, sculpture, photography and drawings. Some outstanding pieces in its permanent collection include works by José María Velasco, Orozco, Siqueiros, Frida Khalo, Remedios Varo, Leonora Carrington and Rufino Tamayo. There is a permanent exhibit of contemporary sculptures in the garden.

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:15 am to 5:30 pm. Closed Mondays.
Admission: 25 pesos
Closest metro station: Chapultepec
Website: www.mam.org.mx/

4. Museo Rufino Tamayo

Museo Rufino Tamayo
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The Rufino Tamayo Museum honors one of Mexico's great painters. The museum was built to house the international art collection of the Oaxacan artist. Here you can see an important collection of paintings, carvings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and tapestries of the XX century. Among its 300 works those of Wharol, Picasso and Tamayo himself are outstanding.

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. Closed Mondays.
Admission: 15 pesos
Closest metro station: Auditorio or Chapultepec
Website: www.museotamayo.org

5. Museo de Historia Natural (Natural History Museum)

Natural History Museum
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The Natural History Museum features a variety of themes, from the origins of life on Earth to animal and plant life. Its nine exhibition rooms have displays related to the following subjects: Universe, Earth, Origin and Life, Taxonomy, Ecology, Evolution, Biology, Mankind and Biographies. The museum is located in Chapultepec Park's second section (Segunda Seccion) near the Lago Menor, in a series of multi-colored dome-shaped buildings.

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Closed Mondays.
Admission: 22 pesos
Closest metro station: Chapultepec, then take the colectivo "Panteon de Dolores Ruta 24" and get off at RTP Jose Maria Mendivil stop (one stop before the cemetery)
Website: www.museodehistorianatural.df.gob.mx

6. Galería de Historia, Museo del Caracol

Museo Caracol
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Referred to as el Museo del Caracol ("the snail museum") because of its spiral shape, designed in the 1960s, this museum is dedicated to the children and young people of Mexico. Through scale models, portraits, maps, and documents it shows the various phases of Mexican history from the end of the 18th to the mid 20th centuries.

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 4:15 pm. Closed Mondays.
Admission: 46 pesos
Closest metro station: Chapultepec
Website: www.caracol.inah.gob.mx

7. Museo Tecnológico de la CFE

Museo de la Tecnologia
Photo courtesy MUTEC

This museum was created for the purpose of spreading knowledge about science and technology. It exhibits machinery and equipment that show the technological development of Mexico. There are also interactive exhibits, a planetarium, and a Play-Doh playroom for children (open Saturday, Sunday and Monday).

Hours: 9 am to 4:15 pm every day except Friday when the museum opens half an hour later, 9:30 am to 4.15 pm. Closed some holidays (check website for details).
Admission: Free
Closest metro station: Constituyentes and walk, or Chapultepec and take a collective marked "La Feria y Museos" that will let you off at the door.
Website: www.cfe.gob.mx/mutec/

8. Papalote Museo del Niño (Childrens' Museum)

Papalote Museo
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Inaugurated in 1993, this interactive museum allows children to touch, play and learn about subjects related to the environment, archaeology, nature and cyberspace. Besides interactive exhibits, the museum also has an IMAX theater and a Digistar dome planetarium.

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 am to 6 pm, Thursdays from 9 am to 11 pm and Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10 am to 7 pm. Closed Mondays.
Admission: Variety of prices depending on package chosen. Check website for details.
Closest metro station: Constituyentes (about 10 mins walk from the metro station)
Website: papalote.org.mx

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