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National Palace (Palacio Nacional)

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Address: Avenida Pino Suarez, Corregidora esquina Guatemala | Zócalo, Mexico City 06060, Mexico
Phone Number:
+52 55 3688 1255
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Tue - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

This historic building was once occupied by Hernán Cortés, the Spanish...

This historic building was once occupied by Hernán Cortés, the Spanish explorer who conquered the Aztecs, and includes a famous panoramic mural of Mexican history by Diego Rivera.

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It's a must visit because (a) it's free, (b) it's next to the Catedral Metropolitana and (c) has splendid murals by Diego Rivera and an extensive collection of Mexican art. Did I... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 July 2013
New Delhi, India
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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2013

It's a must visit because (a) it's free, (b) it's next to the Catedral Metropolitana and (c) has splendid murals by Diego Rivera and an extensive collection of Mexican art. Did I mention that it was free?

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Ahmedabad, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2013

It is at Zokalo Square. There is a market there to buy stuff, artifacts and Mexican souvenirs. But I would suggest to buy from market at Chapultepec Castle.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2013

Here is another awesome building to visit. However, where you enter and what you can see depends on who's in office. This past visit, we were not able to tour the section that held a lot of the historical artifacts of past presidents. The Diego Rivera murals are magnificent.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2013

The Diego Rivera murals here are famous, and HUGE! and they just go on and on. The gardens are beautiful. And it's all FREE! Yay!

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San Francisco, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2013

The guards said they do not know when it will be opened to the public . Very dissapointing ! How can we tell which we liked and disliked whenwe were not allowed entry ?

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2013

Loved this and what it stood for. A colonial building still housing the govt/president on one side- with some fantastic murals on the stair way and 1st floor showing the history of the country and effectively the suffering during the colonial past. Great murals- DO NOT miss this.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2013

The National Palace, located in the heart of Mexico City--the Zocalo, shouldn't be missed. The building itself is beautiful as well as the inner courtyard. The highlight of the National Palace is by far the Diego Rivera murals that ascend staircases and offer a beautiful depiction of the history of Mexico. The murals are as visually breathtaking as they are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2013

Definitely worth the visit for the murals. We actually paid for a guide at the door to walk us through. Not required, but it does help to have someone explain the murals as the guide did bring up some points that we might have missed on our own. It was a quick tour, but after that we were left to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2013

this is the center of DF....all national holidays parADES MARKETS AREHERE.....tours are by private admission...on any given day there is much to see and do...bring your camera and pesos!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2013

Main exhibition was closed but you can view the murals by Diego Rivera. They are worth the visit by themselves. Several guides are available. They are not official but worth every pesos they ask. It's a crash course in Mexican history with a thorough description of the Rivera's Murales. It's also a military post. First time I visit a museum... More 

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