HISTORIC CENTER CDMX
Tourism in Historic Center CDMX
The Historic Center is a UNESCO world heritage site that was once the capital of the ancient Aztec empire and then the seat of power for the Spanish colony of New Spain. It contains more than 2,000 buildings of historical importance and an impressive archeological site. Many of these buildings are shrouded in magic and legend. You may walk along the streets filled with history, and come across luxury hotels, impressive museums, five-star restaurants, department stores with more than a hundred-year-old history, beautifully decorated churches and monuments.
Map of Tourist Attractions in the Historic Center
Tourist Attractions in Historic Center CDMX
Built atop the rubble that once was Moctezuma palace, this building has more than three hundred years of history. Inside there are wonderful murals of Rivera and it is the seat of executive power.
Palacio de Minería (Mining Palace)
Built in the 18th century under the direction of Manuel Tolsá it is considered a masterpiece of neoclassic architecture.
Palacio de la Inquisición (Palace of the Inquisition)
Built in the XVIII century, it was the courtroom of the Holy Inquisition, and then the Mexican School of Medicine. Today it houses the Museum of Mexican Medicine. Tuesday-Friday: 9:00-18:00 hrs. Saturday and Sunday 9:00-14:00.hrs.
The largest square in the city flanked by the pre-Hispanic Great Temple, the National Palace and the Cathedral.
Palacio de Correos (Post Office Palace)
Construction of the building started in 1902 and finished in 1908. It’s architectural style is highly eclectic, mixing influences of Neoclassical, Plateresque, Baroque and Mooresh styles. The highlight is the iron staircase. When you climb it, the atmosphere created by its surroundings really takes you back a century. It has a library and a museum.
Antigua Escuela de Economía (Old School of Economics)
It was founded in 1929 and it is located in a nice Renaissance-style building blending Art Nouveau elements. It features beautiful event spaces.
Antigua Escuela de Jurisprundecia (Old School of Jurisprudence)
The building was originally the Convent of St. Catherine of Siena, founded in 1593. The school settled on the property in 1908.
Ancient plaza from the 16th century with nice fountains and sculptures. It has been recently renovated.
Antiguo Edificio del Ayuntamiento (Old City Hall)
The original construction included the entire block. In 1906 to commemorate the Centennial of Independence the building was remodeled.
Home of the mariachi music. It has several restaurants and bars. Located in the plaza is the Museum of Tequila and Mezcal, its main purpose is to show the drinks’ history and production, it has a nice tasting room. Wednesday-Monday: 11:00–19:00 hrs.
Club de Banqueros (Bankers Club)
This building was built in 1548, and it was used as the first School for half-breed girls in Latin American. In 1994 the construction was restored and became the Bankers Club.
Casa de los Azulejos (House of Tiles)
It dates back to the 16th century and the façade is covered with attractive tiles. In the main stairway is one of the earliest works by Jose Clemente Orozco. Today is a restaurant.
Torre Latinoamericana (Latin-American Tower)
It is the first skyscraper in the city. You can admire this splendid city from the 44th floor where you will find a fully remodeled observation deck with telescopes available.
There’s a museum in the 36th floor that chronicles Mexico City’s history in the last two hundred years; in the 37th floor there’s a coffee shop and a gift store; in the 38th floor there’s a small museum show-casing the buildings history; and on the 41st floor there’s a restaurant. Daily: 9:00-22:00 hrs. Additionally in the basement there is a fun maze of mirrors with lights that change color and music. Daily: 11:00-20:00 hrs.
Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana (University of the Cloister of Sor Juana)
Located in the former San Jerónimo Convent founded in 1585. This convent is best known for having been the home of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz for over twenty-five years in the 17th century. Since 1982 home to the University that has been responsible for the restoration of this beautiful building.
Casas de Mayorazgo de Guerrero (Houses of the Mayorazgo de Guerrero)
The two buildings are nearly twins with tezontel stone facades built in the 16th century. The “Small House” or the servant’s house hosted the workshop of the famous Mexican engraver José Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913). And in the “Large House”, Rufino Tamayo painted a fresco, dedicated to music.
Colegio de San Ignacio de Loyola Las Vizcaínas
It was established in the mid 18th century in a Baroque building. The most impressive aspect of the interior is the chapel in an elaborate Churrigueresque style. The Historic Archives maintain the school’s records from the beginning and has its own museum.
Churches in Historic Center CDMX
Temple of San Felipe Neri “La Profesa” (The Professed House)
Built in the 17th century one of its altars was design by Manuel Tolsá with a neoclassic style. Eleven neoclassical altarpieces, attached to the north and south walls harmonize with the main altarpiece. The church is also noted for its very large collection of colonial-era artworks spanning three centuries by some of Mexico’s best artists including: Cristóbal de Villalpando, Juan Correa, Miguel Cabrera, Miguel de Herrera and Pelegrín Clavé, among others.
Church of Santo Domingo
Construction from the 18th century with Baroque, Churrigueresque and Neoclassic alters. The choir is carved in precious woods.
The Metropolitan Cathedral
The project started in 1532 and finished in 1813. The striking church has renaissance, Baroque and neoclassic styles. The altar of the Kings, the work of Jerónimo Balbás in Churrigueresque style is simply magnificent, it is also known as the la cueva dorada (“the golden cave”); the Choir, with reliefs of various saints done in precious woods; the Altar of Forgiveness, a beautiful colonial artwork; the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, with two paintings from the 16th century; the Sacristy, the oldest part of the cathedral, displays impressive canvases painted by Cristóbal Villalpando and Juan Correa; and the organs from the 18th century. Situated to the right of the main cathedral, is the Metropolitan Tabernacle with a Baroque style, it is richly decorated.
Temple and Ex Convent of San Francisco
The massive convent complex was the most important in the city during the colonial times. Only the temple remains today, and it features a splendid Churrigueresque façade.
Temple and Ex Convent of San Lorenzo
This is a 17th century building with a majestic Baroque style.
Parish of Santa Veracruz
This church was built over a former temple in 1759. The facade has a Baroque style. The remains of Manuel Tolsá, the architect responsible for a number of the city center’s iconic buildings, were buried here.
Temple of San Juan de Dios
It was part of the former Hospital of San Juan de Dios. In the facade the building features a flared shell and several sculptures of saints, founders of religious orders. Inside there are beautiful paintings.
San Hipolito Church
A Baroque style construction, built in 1739. The temple is famous
because it is the center for the veneration of San Judas Tadeo.
Temple of the Holy Trinity
The temple was built in the 18th century and is a magnificent example of Mexican Baroque.
Temple of Porta Coelli
Built by the Dominicans has a simple neoclassical facade. Inside the walls are decorated with Byzantine style murals.
Former Church of St. Augustine
This is an 18th century building with a Renaissance style. Today it houses the National Library.
Regina Coeli Church and Convent
The church building is the only functioning portion of a former 16th century convent. The main altar is made of wood and gilded in pure Churrigueresque style. Each Wendsday the temple housed diverse cultural events like concerts and theater events.
Museums in Historic Center CDMX
The former Jesuit College was built in 1588. The facade has a Churrigueresque style. The main patio displays beautiful Orozco murals, and the amphitheater, off the lobby, holds Rivera’s first mural. There are also some murals by David Siqueiros and Revueltas. Also, the woodwork in the “Generalito” room is nothing less than stunning; here you can also appreciate 17th-18th century canvases. This place presents temporary exhibits. Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00-17:30 hrs.
This building used to be the palace of the Counts of Santiago de Calimaya, ant it has a beautiful Baroque style. It shows a route through history of the city since Tenochtitlan until today. Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00-18:00 hrs.
It was the core of the Aztec’s ceremonial center. Templo Mayor is a relatively small site, and there is a pathway that guides you around the ruins of what it used to be a 200 feet (60 m) height pyramid with two temples at the top dedicated to Huitzilopochtli, the god of war, and Tláloc, the good of rain. Placards along the way explain what you are seeing.
Note especially the Tzompantli or Altar of Skulls, gives you an insight into Aztec culture. The small museum with eight exhibit halls is well laid with a display of many artifacts found in the site. The highlights are a couple of enormous monoliths, one that depicts Tlaltecuhtli, the Earth Goddess, and the other is the goddess Coyolxauhqui. Tuesday-Sunday: 09: 00-17: 00 hrs.
Ex-Teresa Arte Actual
A baroque convent built in the 18th Century. The museum exhibits no conventional art. Monday-Sunday: 10:00 -18:00 hrs.
Museo de la Luz (Museum of Light)
Former temple of St Peter and St. Paul. The exhibit has cultural and scientific purposes. Monday-Friday: 9:00-16:00 hrs. Saturday-Sunday: 10:00-17:00 hrs.
The structure in which the museum resides has more than 500 hundred years of history. It has an important collection of art pieces from the 16th to 19th centuries. The exhibit halls open onto a sumptuous colonial patio, where you can grab a bite at the excellent Cloister Café. Tuesday- Sun 10:00-17:00 hrs.
It was part of an 18th Century Convent. Several famous personages of the Mexican history are buried here. Tuesday-Sunday: 9:00-17:00 hrs.
Museo del Zapato (Shoe Museum)
It features a very original collection with over 2,000 shoes from five continents in different decades. Monday-Friday: 10:00-14:00 hrs. / 15:30-18:00 hrs.
Ancient building design by Manuel Tolsá. It exhibits art collection from 14th to 20th century, with pieces of Tintoretto, Tiziano, Zurbarán and Rivera. Wednesday-Monday: 10:00-18:00 hrs.
Palacio de las Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts)
The Palace has been the scene of some of the most notable events in music, dance, theatre, opera and literature. It is a striking building with art nouveau and art deco styles, but the most impacting aspect is the stage “curtain” which is a stained glass created out of nearly a million pieces of iridescent colored glass by Tiffany’s in New York, the design has the volcanoes Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl done by Gerardo Murillo (Dr. Atl).
It houses a number of murals painted by Rufino Tamayo, Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco, four galleries and The National Museum of Architecture. Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00-18:00 hrs.
There are drawings, sculptures and graphic work of the artist, as well as temporary exhibits. Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00-18:00 hrs.
Museo Mural de Diego Rivera
It has temporary exhibits and a light-and-sound show of the mural “Sunday: afternoon Dream in the Alameda” depicting the history of the famous park. Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00-18:00 hrs.
Laboratorio de Arte Alameda
It is located in the former convent of San Diego, built in 1591. The museum offers a sampling of Vanguard and Contemporary Art. Tuesday-Sunday: 9:00 to 17:00 hrs.
Museo de la Policía (Mexico City Police Museum)
Located in a beautiful building from the beginning of the 20th Century, the museum displays a collection with crime-related themes. Monday-Sunday: 10:00-18:00 hrs.
Museo del Ejército y Fuerza Aérea (Army and Air Force Museum of Mexico)
Located in an 18th Century building where was the Convent of the Order of Betlemitas. The museum has a permanent exhibition of clothing and weapons that have been used by the army and air force as well as valuable historical documents. Tuesday-Saturday 10:00-18-00 hrs. Sunday 10:00 -16:00 hrs.
Academia de San Carlos (Academy of San Carlos)
The Academy of San Carlos was initially founded in 1781 under the name of the School of Engraving. The most significant area of this building is its elegant central courtyard framed by arches and covered by a huge glass dome, decorated by reproductions of classical and Renaissance sculptures.
It has a beautiful library and an impressive collection of works by renowned artists such as Rubens, Durero, Rembrandt, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Goya, Diego Velázquez, José María Velasco, Rufino Tamayo and Diego Rivera, among others. Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00 to 18:00 hrs.
Museo Nacional de Las Culturas (National Museum of Cultures)
A beautiful colonial building finished in 1734 houses this amazing place. The museum houses more than 12000 pieces in its archive, all obtained through friendship. The collection includes pieces from the ancient Rome, Greece, Mesopotamia, Persia, India, China and Japan, among others. Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00-17:00 hrs.
Exhibits costumes and items relating to the charro tradition. It is located in the old Convent Montserrat founded in the 17th century by the order of Benedictine nuns. Monday-Friday: 10:00-18:00 hrs.
Museo de la Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público
The Museum of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit is housed in what was the Palace of the Archbishopric, built in 1530. It houses a representative sample of contemporary art in Mexico. Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00-17:00 hrs.
Museo de la Caricatura (Caricature Museum)
Located in an 18th century building with pre-Hispanic vestiges. The collection includes mostly political cartoons from the XIX and XX Centuries. Daily 10:00-17:00 hrs.
Museo de Arte Popular (Museum Of Popular Art)
The collection contains both older and newer craft pieces from the various traditions that make up Mexican culture. Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00-18:00 hrs. Wednesday: 10:00-21:00 hrs.
Museo Interactivo de Economía, MIDE (Interactive Museum of Economics)
Created by the Bank of Mexico and various financial institutions, the museum is housed in an old Bethehemite convent. The museum is open to the public and features hands-on exhibits meant to make the basic concepts of economics fun and engaging. Tuesday-Sunday: 9:00 to 18:00 hrs.
Museo de la Memoria y Tolerancia (Museum of Remembrance and Tolerance)
Permanent exhibits include those on the holocaust and other humanitarian atrocities in history among others. Memory and Tolerance are contained on the top three levels of the Museum. Tuesday-Friday: 9:00-18:00 hrs.
Museum of Estanquillo (magazines and comics)
Exhibits lithographs, trading cards and cartoons, and many other things related to the Mexican popular culture, traditions and history. Everything in display is part of the collection of the famous writer Carlos Monsivais. The terrace at the top has a cafe to serve you drinks and snacks and you can enjoy Mexico City from above. Wednesday–Monday: 10:00-18:00 hrs.
Museo Nacional de Arte (National Art Museum)
It is housed in a beautiful neoclassical building, the old Palace of Communications. The museum exhibits a large collection representing the history of Mexican art from the 16th century to the mid 20th century. The artwork is subdivided into three distinct periods. The first covers the colonial period, the second covers from 1810 to 1910, and the third covers the period of the first half of the 20th century. Tuesday- Sunday: 10:30-17:30 hrs.
Palacio de Iturbide (Palace of Iturbide)
The building s a jewel of Baroque architecture, it dates back to 1779. It houses Banamex Cultural Palace Museum since 2004. The exhibition consists of 4,300 works of art, including paintings by Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, Dr. Atl, Joaquín Clausell and Frida Kahlo, among others. Daily: 10:00 to 19:00 hrs.
Over the centuries, the mansion was fragmented, today we can admire the old patios and the original balcony of the 17th century. The museum offered a small collection of indigenous clothing and colonial-era garb.
Museo de la Mujer (Women’s Museum)
This building housed the University Press. The exhibition shows the stereotypical female roles since Pre-Hispanic times until our contemporary time. It has a documentation center, library and film club. Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00 to 18:00 hrs.
Museo Nacional de la Estampa (Stamp Museum)
It is located in an historical building of the 16th century. The construction has been renovated and exhibits more than 12,000 pieces, a sample of the great tradition of Mexican stamps. Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00 to 18:00 hrs.
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