POLANCO - LOMAS DE CHAPULTEPEC
Tourism in Polanco - Lomas de Chapultepec
At the end of Paseo de la Reforma Avenue looms Chapultepec hill, on the top is a beautiful ancient castle surrounded by the centuries-old forest, world-class museums, amusement parks, a zoo and lakes. This is the perfect place to share a good time with your family. This is an upmarket neighborhood. It houses the offices of international organizations, embassies, and the offices of many corporations, as well as upscale hotels, designer shops, modern malls, gourmet restaurants, and art galleries. The perfect place to pamper yourself!
Map of Tourist Attractions in Polanco - Lomas de Chapultepec
Tourist Attractions in Polanco - Lomas de Chapultepec
Exhibits more than 1,400 animals of 240 different species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. The exhibition is classified by bio-climatic zones according to their natural habitat. The zoo is especially famous for its success in giant panda breeding. Tuesday-Sunday: 9:00-16:30 hrs.
Bosque de Chapultepec (Chapultepec Forest)
Once it was used as a retreat for Aztec royalty. Today is the largest city park in Latin America and has a hundred different faces. The park offers museums, cultural centers, theaters, spaces for jogging and biking, monuments, beautiful fountains, lakes like mirrors, amusement parks, an incredible zoo, and even a castle. It is a popular place to hangout on weekends.
Night tours in a train that circuits the park, are popular around Christmas time, when many of the attractions are lit for the season, tickets are on sale at the Casa del Lago. The first Saturdays of each month, With the Lanchacinema (Boat Cinema) the public can enjoy a movie projection from paddleboats on the lake at the Chapultepec.
Casa del Lago (The House of the Lake)
This is a place for cultural and artistic events.
It is located in the former accommodation for the forest rangers of the area in the early 20th century. The house has a European style and house various cultural activities as well as a small planetarium.
Auditorio Nacional (National Auditorium)
It is a modern construction with a capacity of 10 thousand spectators where famous performers have been presented. In the back there are other theaters.
Hipódromo de las Américas
It is a thoroughbred and quarter-horse racetrack. With a high-tech modern architecture is one of the best in the world. It can accommodate 10,000 visitors. There are restaurants and rooms for events.
Museo del Caracol (Snail Museum)
It shows the history of Mexico from the 16th Century to 1917. The museum’s twelve halls exhibit historical depictions using scale models to reproduce the most important moments in Mexican history. Tuesday-Sunday: 9:00-16:00 hrs.
A world-class aquarium and the largest in Latin America. The building has 5 stories of which 4 are underground. You can explore its 11,500 square feet of marine life wonders showcased in 48 different exhibition settings.
Over 5 thousand samples of more than 230 species are featured, including seahorses, turtles, crocodiles, piranhas, jellyfish, corals, and barracudas, among many others.
Start the tour of the 400,000-gallon glass tank where blue, yellow, orange and green fish swam among sharks and manta rays. There is also a section dedicated to freshwater ecosystems. Visit the fun thematic sites of Ice Land, the Sunken Ship, the Forest of Kelps and Jellyfish Labyrinth. Travel from Antarctica to the Amazon in this aquatic wonderland.
Tamayo Contemporary Art Museum
Exhibits more than 300 pieces. The collection includes the artwork of: Miró, Warhol, Bacon, Botero, Picasso, and Tamayo. The museum includes a souvenir shop and a nice restaurant. Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00-18:00 hrs.
National Museum of History
It is housed in the Chapultepec Castle, built at the end of the 18th century, as a summer residence for the Spanish Viceroy. In 1841 it became a military academy, and few years later it became the residence of Maximiliano de Habsburgo and some presidents of the 19th century. The museum displays an exhibition of furniture, jewelry, weapons, documents, clothes and paintings depicting Mexican history.
There are some interesting frescos by Orozco, O”Gorman and Siqueiros and a number of carriages, including those used by Benito Juárez and the Emperor Maximilian. From the castle there is a superb view of the city. There are guided tours, library, and video library. The museum’s many unique spaces are ideal for a variety of cultural events. Tuesday-Sunday: 9:00-17:00 hrs.
Museum of Modern Art
It has four rooms with a permanent collection of paintings of Rivera, Siqueiros, Orozco, Kahlo, among others. A Sculpture Garden with artwork of Gelsen Gas, Mathias Goeritz and Manuel Felguerez surrounds the two circular buildings. Tuesday-Sunday: 10.00-17:30 hrs.
National Anthropology Museum
It displays the biggest and more valuable archeological collection in Mexico. It exhibits more than 10,000 original artifacts, distributed in 11 rooms of Archaeology and eleven rooms of Ethnography. At the entrance is an imposing statue of Tláloc, the Aztec god of rain. One of the museum’s main features is that its use of open spaces is exemplary. Its long, rectangular courtyard is surrounded on three sides by two-level display halls.
In the first floor each room is dedicated to a particular pre- Hispanic culture. Teotihuacan, Americas’ first great and powerful state, displays some murals and an anthropomorphic head found in the Pyramid of the Moon. Mexica (Aztec) exhibit, magnificent sculptures from the pantheon of Aztec deities, a model of the layout of Tenochtitlán, and the famous Aztec Calendar.
The Oaxaca room displays the fine legacy of Oaxaca’s Zapotec and Mixtec civilizations; the highlight is the jade mask of the Zapotec Bat God. In the Mexican Gulf cultures area you will find giant stone heads of the Olmec civilization. In the impressive Maya room, there is a replica of the sarcophagi lid from Pacal’s tomb at Palenque.
The museum is big and the collection is extensive, so be sure to set aside enough time to do it. Everything is superbly displayed, with much explanatory text translated into English. Audio guides in English and French are available at the entrance. Tuesday-Saturday 9:00-19:00 hrs. Sunday 10:00-18:00 hrs.
Museum of Natural History
The ten interconnecting domes of the museum exhibits preserved animals, tableaux of different natural environments with its wildlife. There are also displays of geology, astronomy, biology and the origin of life. Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00-17:00 hrs.
“Papalote” Museo del Niño (The Kite, Children’s Museum)
It is a place to have fun while learning about art and science. It also has an IMAX screen. Monday-Friday: 9:00-18:00 hrs. Saturday-Sunday: 10:00-19:00 hrs.
Luis Barragán Museum
House of the famous architect Luis Barragán, his architectural style has been referred to as both modern and minimalist. The house-museum exhibits a collection of Mexican art from the 16th to 20th Century. Monday- Friday: 10:00-14:00 and 16:00-18:00 hrs. Saturday 10:00-13:00 hrs.
The building is a 46-metre (151 ft.) high six story building covered by 16,000 hexagonal aluminum tiles. The interior of the museum is divided into 6 floors interconnected by lifts and a spiral exterior ramp, so it is better to start your visit at the top floor and then walk down. Considered one of the 15 most important art museums in the world, with more than 60,000 pieces of renowned artist like: Rodin, Renoir, Van Gogh, Rivera, Tamayo, Picasso, Cézanne, Matisse, among others. The museum has a library, a restaurant, and a 350-seat auditorium. Daily 10:30 -18:30 hrs.
This new museum exhibits part of one of the largest private collections of contemporary art in Latin America. The building can be described as a freestanding pavilion with an eclectic nature with a nice shaded café, terrace and balconies that allow the public to be simultaneously inside and outdoors. Tuesday-Sunday: 11:00-20:00 hrs.
Museo Casa de la Bola (House of the Ball Museum)
It was built in the 16th century as a hacienda. In the 1940s it was remodeled and decorated with an eclectic and sumptuous style. Today it is a museum with thirteen halls filled with furniture, paintings, European tapestries and more from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Museum of Electricity
Visitors can experiment the basic principles of Science and Technology thanks to all the interactive devices that this museum offers. Monday-Sunday: 9:00-17:00 hrs.
La Tallera (David Alfaro Siqueiros Museum)
Located in the artist ́s house. It shows his life and simples of his work. Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00-18:00 hrs.
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