Chapultepec Park Museums

El Bosque de Chapultepec is a huge park in Mexico City that contains a wide variety of sights and attractions. This is the city with the most museums in the whole world, and some of the best museums happen to be located in and around this park. So for those interested in fitting in some interesting and interactive museums for history as well as art, these are some you can explore on a visit to ​Chapultepec Park.

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    Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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    Housed in Chapultepec Castle (Castillo de Chapultepec), the Museo Nacional de Historia is located in Section 1 of Chapultepec Park. The castle contains displays that show the evolution of Mexico from the conquest and formation of New Spain and up to the early twentieth century, but besides the history museum, there's a large section of the building that is furnished as it was during the time of some of its previous inhabitants including Maximilian and Carlota, and Porfirio Diaz and his wife. The museum also contains some wonderful murals by Orozco, Siqueiros, and O’Gorman.

    Closest metro station: Auditorio or Chapultepec
     

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    Museo Nacional de Antropología
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    The Museo Nacional de Antropología is the country's most important museum, with the largest collection of Prehispanic pieces. The collection consists of some ten thousand original pieces exhibited in over 23 exhibition halls. The first floor is dedicated to Prehispanic Mexico and the second floor contains ethnology halls which show the cultural characteristics of the various indigenous peoples of Mexico.

    Closest metro station: Auditorio

     

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    Museo Arte Moderno
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    The Modern Art Museum contains one of the largest collections of twentieth-century Mexican art consisting of around 3000 pieces including paintings, sculpture, photography, and drawings. Some outstanding items in the museum's permanent collection include works by José María Velasco, Orozco, Siqueiros, Frida Kahlo, Remedios Varo, Leonora Carrington and Rufino Tamayo. Don't miss the garden where you'll find a permanent exhibit of contemporary sculptures.

    Closest metro station: Chapultepec
     

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    The Natural History Museum features a variety of themes, from the origins of life on Earth to animal and plant life. Its nine exhibition rooms have displays related to the following subjects: Universe, Earth, Origin, and Life, Taxonomy, Ecology, Evolution, Biology, Mankind, and Biographies. The museum is located in Chapultepec Park's second section (Segunda Seccion) near the Lago Menor, in a series of multi-colored dome-shaped buildings.​

    Closest metro station: Chapultepec, then take the colectivo "Panteon de Dolores Ruta 24" and get off at RTP Jose Maria Mendivil stop (one stop before the cemetery)
     

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    Museo Rufino Tamayo
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    The Rufino Tamayo Museum honors one of Mexico's great painters. The museum was built to house the international art collection of the Oaxacan artist. Here you can see an important collection of paintings, carvings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and tapestries of the XX century. Among its 300 works those of Wharol, Picasso and Tamayo himself are outstanding.

    Closest metro station: Auditorio or Chapultepec
     

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    Referred to as el Museo del Caracol ("the snail museum") because of its spiral shape, designed in the 1960s, this museum is dedicated to the children and young people of Mexico. Through scale models, portraits, maps, and documents it shows the various phases of Mexican history from the end of the 18th to the mid 20th centuries.

    Closest metro station: Chapultepec