Museo Nacional de las Culturas (National Museum of Culture)
14,000 pieces from all over the world are shown in the permanent exhibition of this delightful museum.
A cultural mix.
Situated in the historical centre of the city, this great museum has pieces representing every culture and period of mankind, from the Pacific to the Mediterranean, with special attention given to Ancient Greece, Rome, Mesopotamia and Persia. It opened in 1956 and is located in the former Real Casa de la Moneda de la Nueva España (Royal Mint of Nueva España), a baroque building that was declared an Historical Monument in 1931. In its permanent collection alone, the museum has 14,000 pieces, a real treat for the visitor, who will hardly have enough time to see them all. The admission is free and it is open every day, except Mondays. The charm of this museum is that the variety of its pieces offers a vision of the world without leaving home. The temporary exhibitions only add more to this. One of its finest works is the mural called "Revolución" (Revolution), an ode to that time of the history of Mexico, painted in 1938 by Rufino Tamayo. The mural is beside the entrance to the impressive museum library, named in honour of the Spanish-Mexican historian Pedro Bosch Gimpera, in which there are books, specialist magazines, music and documentaries, all of which have turned it into a unique reference for researchers and anthropologists from Mexico and abroad.