What to do and see in Mexico City, Mexico: The Best Places and Tips

July 24, 2017 Darwin Bolte

Rising from the ruins of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan, Mexico City offers a unique collision of contemporary city life and historic preservation. World-class museums, restaurants and parks rub shoulders with the remains of several cultures. The nightlife, the shopping and the history make it a must-see regardless of your travel style.
Restaurants in Mexico City

1. National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia)

Avenida Paseo de la Reforma | Chapultepec Polanco, Mexico City 11560, Mexico 05 553 6266
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5 based on 15 reviews

National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia)

Considered one of the world's most comprehensive natural history museums, this famous institution houses four square kilometers of exhibits in 23 exhibition halls.

Reviewed By Laura M - Leicester, United Kingdom

Amazing collection. If you can't read Spanish take a translate app, there are some English translations but not on everything. Do some research before you go and target what you really have to see or you will get lost in it all. Take your time and enjoy. The tourist hop on hop off buses go there.

2. Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan

Plaza de la Constitucion No. 7 | Colonia Centro Tlalpan, Mexico City 14000, Mexico +52 55 5513 3310
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5 based on 192 reviews

Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan

Museo interactivo que brinda un asombroso e interesante recorrido didáctico y educativo que fomenta en el visitante el interés y comprensión por los hechos históricos relacionados con el tiempo a través de un recorrido visual y auditivo, escuchando melodías originales en reproductores antiguos de música.

Reviewed By bryanmantezoni - USA

We visited this place and transported ourselves back in the 1800s, they have many things used in the old times, we learned a lot of the history of some things we never knew existed, staff was friendly and we enjoyed our 2 hour visit.Thank you very much for visiting the museum. Better yet, give a good opinion about our work. Thank you very much Bryan! Best regards Markus Frehner

3. Murales de Diego Rivera en la Secretaria de Educacion Publica

Calle Republica de Argentina 28, Mexico City 06000, Mexico +52 5 3281019
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5 based on 1 reviews

Murales de Diego Rivera en la Secretaria de Educacion Publica

Reviewed By Lars G - Madison, Connecticut

Difficult to imagine visitors to Mexico City not including a visit to the Diego Rivera museum. The scope and grandeur alone are phenomenal, not to mention to artistry. In less than two hours one can get a solid understanding of the tragedy of the Spanish conquest of the indigenous peoples and the horror of the process. Truly unforgettable.

4. Palacio de Bellas Artes

Avenida Juarez y Eje Central s/n | Centro Histórico, Mexico City 06050, Mexico 51 30 09 00 ext. 2528
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Palacio de Bellas Artes

This historic white marble building serves as both the city's top performance hall and an art museum.

Reviewed By JDSoui - Irving, Texas

The exterior of the building is simply amazing along with the interior.
The reason for the average ranking was due to sections of the museum being closed and/or not accessible. The exhibits on display were a more modern and that was not anticipated. The murals and paintings on the second floor though are simply breath-taking.
A recommendation for the public is this museum is a bit different in respect to having more modern displays than other museums such as the Prado in Madrid.
This is a must-see for the architecture and depending on ones taste for art, the expositions may or may not fit your taste.

5. Museo Memoria y Tolerancia

Plaza Juarez, Centro Historico | Frente al Hemiciclo a Juárez de la Alameda central, Mexico City 06010, Mexico +52 55 5130 5555
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Museo Memoria y Tolerancia

The Memory and Tolerance Museum delinates -in a didactic manner- the historical memory of the multiple genocides and crimes against humanity. The visit warns the viewer of the danger of difference, discrimination and violence in order to engender responsability, respect and consciousness in each and every person. Contemporary subjects are also presented in order to lead us to reflect on the role we wish to play in our every day lives. Tolerance, diversity, dialogue and empathy force us to see the commitment we all have to humanity. The visitor is invited to be generators of change through social action.

Reviewed By KatyZell - Cusco, Peru

Allow yourself plenty of time for your visit to this incredibly well-documented museum. Avoid weekends if possible. Its well-worth the visit.Hello KatyZell, It is very important for us to know your comments and know how pleasant your visit was inside the Memory and Tolerance Museum.

6. Chapultepec Castle

Primera Seccion del Bosque de Chapultepec, Mexico City 11560, Mexico +52 55 5286 9920
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Chapultepec Castle

This 18th-century palace, known for its impressive Gardens, served as the home of the Mexican President until 1939 and now houses the famous Museo Nacional de Historia.

Reviewed By Alek C - Melbourne, Australia

The castle is a must to visit in Mexico City.
Firstly there building itself is impressive and well restored. The views of the city are also very good as are the Gardens which are very nice and beautifully maintained.
But the museum displays are excellent and there's something of interest to most people.
The entrance fee of 70 Pesos is very reasonable and while there is an uphill walk to get there is a steady grade and you can take your time as most people do.
Get there early (opens at 9.00am) as it gets very busy just before noon.
Only downside is that the displays are only in Spanish but most items are obvious.

Revillagigedo 11, Mexico City, Mexico 5521-2951
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4.5 based on 898 reviews

Museo de Arte Popular

Reviewed By Stefanie H - Lincoln, Nebraska

This museum has three floors of exhibit halls, arranged by topic, such as religion, death, and home. The section on "the fantastico" is great! There are also videos and music showing the art being used in celebrations. The larger pieces on the ground floor are used on floats in parades, and they were moving some of them out for that purpose when we visited. Children have free admission, and the entire museum is light and airy. Highly recommend!

8. Palacio Postal

Calle Tacuba 1, Mexico City 06000, Mexico +52 5 5102999
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Palacio Postal

Reviewed By AnnieHallTravel - Los Angeles, California

Seriously, I did not realize how gorgeous this was until seeing this in person. What's wonderful about this is it's not just the architecture they have vintage displays of original postal documents, postal bags, postal uniforms, vending machines. Totally loved it!

Avenida Coyoacan No. 2000, Mexico City 03103, Mexico +52 55 5554 5999
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Coyoacan

Coyoacan, a former village and now one of the 16 boroughs of Mexico City, is a historic center. It is a popular place to visit, especially on weekends, because many of the original layouts, plazas and narrow streets have been preserved and date from the 16th to the early 20th centuries.

Reviewed By Montreal_native - Edmonton, Canada

We went there on a Sunday which was busy but so nice. It was awesome just walking around and looking at all the old buildings. Our favourite place was the Jardin Centenario which was a beautiful square with big mature trees and Fountains. There are many restaurants in that square with patios and we had a great lunch there. There is also a market nearby which was crowded but quite interesting. A must see for sure when visitin CDMX.

10. Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino

Calle Avenida Mexico # 5843 | La Noria, Xochimilco, Mexico City 16030, Mexico +52 55 5555 1016
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4.5 based on 998 reviews

Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino

Located in Xochimilco, at Mexico City’s southern extreme, the Dolores Olmedo Museum is housed in a rambling stone structure, originally dating from the Sixteenth Century, formerly known as the Hacienda La Noria. By donating her art collection to the people of Mexico, Dolores Olmedo Patiño created a cohesive whole, where treasures of the fine arts were incorporated into colonial construction added during the Seventeenth Century, surrounded by lush Gardens, shaded by singularly Mexican plant species, and inhabited by gorgeous animals like the magical peacocks –seemingly confected of living jewels—and the enigmatic hairless Xoloiztcuintle dogs, a Precolumbian breed that is unique to behold and warm to the touch.Since the museum opened its doors to the public in September of 1994, its greatest treasure is its painting. The world’s most important collections of works by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo are housed here permanently and are adored by the legions of visitors who flock to admire them. There is, as well, a collection of the woodcuts and book illustrations by Russo-French painter Angelina Beloff, Rivera’s companion during his early years as a budding painter in Europe.

Reviewed By ravelert2014 - Dublin, Ireland

After paying admission we were told that the Kahlo collection was travelong and the house was no longer open for viewing pre-columbian artifacts. We saw two small contemporary art exhibits. One of our party began having increased breathing distress (high altitude). When we asked if the idle golf cart could be used to drive him. back to the entrance, we were told yes, then after waiting 10 minutes, no. Turned out that the driver was having lunch. Multiple security guards stood by at their posts. The beautiful grounds, peacocks and dogs weren't enough to overcome our disappointment.

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