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Morelos Sites In Morelia - Museum Morelia - Mexico

Morelia was originally called Valladolid, before it was renamed in 1828 in honor of the revolutionary war hero José María Morelos y Pavón, who was born in town on Sept. 30, 1765, and whose bandanna-adorned profile now graces the 50-peso bill. Priest-turned-general-turned-president, Morelos took up the fight for Mexican independence when the original instigator of the movement, Father Miguel Hidalgo, was executed in 1811. Morelos was known as a brilliant military tactician and a devoted crusader for equal rights. He was captured and put to death in 1815 by the Spanish while trying to defend Mexico's first independent Congress, which he helped establish.

Today, school children and tourists make the rounds of the many sites in Morelia dedicated to Morelos. Many stop by the Baroque-style Museo Casa Natal de Morelos, the site where Morelos was born (Corregidora 113, free. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday - Sunday). Actually, Morelos was not born in the house--his mother only made it to the side entryway of what was then a clinic for poor people before she gave birth. A torch burns there now. Besides paintings, documents and other tidbits, including a huge baptismal font that might have been the one Morelos was baptized in (or not), the museum has a library and occasionally shows free movies.

The Museo Casa de Morelos (Av. Morelos Sur 323) is the house Morelos acquired in 1801. In October 2009, the 1758 Baroque mansion was closed for renovations, but ordinarily the museum displays paintings, photos, period furniture and other items illustrating the life of Morelos.

A fiery, glorified mural of Morelos by artist Agustín Cárdenas graces the stairwell of the Museo Ex Palacio de Justicia (Allende 267, free; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 5 - 7 p.m.), which also houses some dull exhibits on Michoacán's justice system. The Palacio Municipal is where Morelos made a proclamation for the abolition of slavery in 1810. The former Colegio de San Nicolás (Av. Madero Poniente 351) is where Morelos studied. Today, this college is part of the Universidad Michoacana and is wide open for a good snoop; upstairs are some murals and the Melchor Ocampo library. East of downtown at the Plaza Morelos is a sizable statue of the man on a horse.

Morelia, Mexico

Museum Types:
Historical museum

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:varies

Currencies accepted
Mexican peso

Contact Information:
Zip: 58000

Here are other activities in and around Morelia that may be of interest: Museo Del Estado (state Museum),

19 Apr 2010

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