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Museo Nacional de San Carlos - Museum Mexico City - Mexico

A spot of beauty on an otherwise grim street, the Museo Nacional de San Carlos is housed in a 19th-century neoclassical building that was designed by Spanish-born sculptor-architect Manuel Tolsá. Originally the home of the Marques de Buenavista, the building was eventually turned over to the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes in 1968.

The two-floor museum has a remarkable collection of European art that once belonged to an art school at the end of the 18th century, the Real Academia de las Tres Nobles Artes de San Carlos de la Nueva España. Among the 14th - 20th century artists represented here are Cranach, Bruegel, Tintoretto, Tiziano, de Ribera, Rembrandt, Goya, Carracci, and Zurbarán.

Temporary exhibits are held on the ground floor, where sculptures circle the interesting oval courtyard, creating a lovely sense of space. The museum has a bookstore. A bit out of the way, the museum seems empty at times, which is perfect for those who like to gaze at art alone. It takes about an hour to go through the museum. 

Puente de Alvarado 50
Mexico City, Mexico

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Getting There
The nearest metro is Revolución. The museum is on the south side of Puente de Alvarado.

Travel Tips: The descriptions are in Spanish. A slim guidebook in English, French and Spanish is sold in the bookstore for $0.75 (10 pesos). A more extensive guidebook can be purchased for $13.20 (180 pesos). There is a small area with five tables where you can sit and drink a cup of coffee from a Nescafé machine. Backpacks and large bags must be left in the baggage room.

Price Description: $1.80 (25 pesos) for adults. $0.36 (5 pesos) extra to take photos (without flash). Free entry (with ID) for students, teachers, seniors, and children under 13. Sunday: Free.

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wednesday – Monday

Days Closed:Tuesdays

Travel Skills: None

Templo de San Hipólito, Alameda Central, Templo de San Fernando, Pantéon de San Fernando

Currencies accepted
Mexican peso

Contact Information:
Zip: 06030
Phone: (52) (55) 5566-8085 and (52) (55) 5566-8342
Fax: (52) (55) 5535-1256

Here are other activities in and around Mexico City that may be of interest: Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Museo Nacional de la Revolución, Museo Del Carmen, Museo de Cera (Wax Museum), Museo Casa de Carranza, Museo Jose Luis Cuevas, Museo de la Indumentaria Mexicana, Laboratorio de Arte Alameda, Museo de la Luz and Museo Nacional de Historia/Castillo de Chapultepec.

02 Oct 2009

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