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Galería de Historia/Museo del Caracol - Museum Mexico City - Mexico

Perched near the top of Chapultepec hill in the Bosque de Chapultepec, the Galería de Historia is commonly known as the Museo del Caracol for its snail-like spiral shape. ("Caracol" is snail in Spanish.)

Opened in 1960, the museum tells the story of Mexican history through a fascinating mix of dioramas, maps, models, portraits and documents. Geared toward children, the 12 sections of the museum nevertheless do a thorough job of explaining what went on in Mexico from the end of the 18th century (the start of the Independence movement) to the mid-20th century (when the Mexican Revolution had ended). Note: Descriptions are in Spanish.

The scale model of the battle of Cinco de Mayo is particularly interesting, as is the depiction in diorama of "El Pipila" storming the doors of the Alhóndiga in Guanajuato with a large stone tied to his back to shield himself from Spanish gunfire. The museum takes about an hour to walk through.


First section of the Bosque de Chapultepec

Mexico City, Mexico

Museum Types:
Historical museum, Museum for kids

Getting There

The nearest metro station is Chapultepec. Walk or take a tram ($0.95/13 pesos) up the winding road that goes up the hill behind the Monumento a los Niños Héroes.

Travel Tips:

Photography without flash is permitted.

Price Description:

$3 (42 pesos). Free Sundays. Free (with ID) for children under 13, students, teachers, seniors over 60. A permit to film with a video camera costs $2.56 (35 pesos).

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:9 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday

Days Closed:Mondays

Travel Skills: None

You Need to Bring:

You may not bring backpacks, large bags, umbrellas, food, drink, pens. These must be checked at the foot of the hill (5 pesos per locker).

Museo Nacional de Antropología, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Zoológico de Chapultepec, Museo de Arte Moderno, Jardín Botánico, Monumento a Los Niños Héroes, Castillo de Chapultepec, Lago de Chapultepec, Auditorio Nacional

Currencies accepted
Mexican peso

Contact Information:
Zip: 11580
Phone: +52-55-5286-3975 or +52 -55-5553-6391

Here are other activities in and around Mexico City that may be of interest: Museo Casa Del Risco (Centro Cultural Isidro Fabela), Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera Y Frida Kahlo, Museo Del Carmen, Museo Jose Luis Cuevas, Laboratorio de Arte Alameda, Museo Nacional de Historia/Castillo de Chapultepec, Museo SHCP, Ripley Museo de lo Increíble, Museo Nacional de la Revolución and Museo de la Indumentaria Mexicana.

30 Mar 2012

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