Museo Nacional de Historia
A long walk through the country's history with an enormous collection in an absolutely incomparable setting.
At the Castillo de Chapultepec.
The museum, housed in the unique Castillo de Chapultepec, opened in 1944 and through its 20 rooms, offers adetailed view of the long history of the country, from the Spanish conquest to the Mexican Revolution, thanks to its 65,000 piece collection. To get an idea of how daily life was at various different times, you can visit the 12 rooms exhibiting displays about life through history by means of its collection of furniture, sculpture, clothing, carriages, letters and numismatics, among others. The Alcázar, for instance, is where the Emperor Maximiliano chose to live, and several of its rooms (tea room, reading room or games area) recreate the way they looked during his time there. A good part of the collection, which continues to grow, belonged to Ramón Alcázar who, during his lifetime gathered over 30,000 pieces from different periods, places and styles. Some of the rooms are decorated with large mural paintings by artists like Juan O'Gorman and David Alfaro Siqueiros, thus completing the tour of Mexican history. Last but not least, there is a lovely gift shop where reproductions of ceramics, folk art, and silver objects can be bought. Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 am to 5 pm.