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Museo Nacional de Historia/Castillo de Chapultepec - Museum Mexico City - Mexico

The Museo Nacional de Historia, commonly known as the Castillo de Chapultepec, sits atop Chapultepec hill in the Bosque de Chapultepec, Mexico City's largest park. Dating to 1785, the building first served as a residence to the Spanish viceroys, before becoming a military college in 1833, and then the home of Emperor Maximilian and his wife, Carlota, in 1864.

Mexican presidents lived in the palace from 1872 - 1939, when it became a museum. Today, the exhibits in the west wing tell the story of Spanish history from conquest to the Revolution. The rooms here are filled with archaeological artifacts, paintings, murals by artists such as David Alfaro Siqueiros, precious gems and even cannons. The Alcázar wing, meanwhile, shows the ostentatious way Maximilian, Porfirio Díaz and the rest lived, with their gilded bathrooms and fancy sitting rooms.

The salons here are crammed with gaudy 19th- and 20th-century furniture and art. To see everything at the Castillo takes at least two hours.

First section of Bosque de Chapultepec
Mexico City, Mexico

Museum Types:
Historical museum, Archaeology

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.You may not chew gum in the museum.

Price Description: $3.74 (51 pesos). Free Sundays. Free (with ID) for children under 13, students, teachers, seniors over 60. Audioguide costs $4.76 (65 pesos) ($3.30/45 pesos for those eligible for a discount). A permit to film with a video camera costs $2.56 (35 pesos).

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:9 a.m. – 5 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 into the mueum. These must be checked at the foot of the hill (5 pesos per locker). Pets are also not allowed.

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

Currencies accepted
Mexican peso

Contact Information:
Zip: 11580
Phone: (52) (55) 5061-9214
E-mail: preguntanos.mnh(at) or difustionmnh(at)
URL: or

Here are other activities in and around Mexico City that may be of interest: Museo de la Luz, Museo de Cera (Wax Museum), Polyforum Siqueiros , Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico, Laboratorio de Arte Alameda, Museo Del Carmen, Palacio de Bellas Artes, La Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP) , Museo Nacional de San Carlos and Museo Nacional de las Culturas.

02 Oct 2009

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