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National Palace (Palacio Nacional)

Avenida Pino Suarez, Corregidora esquina Guatemala | Zócalo, Mexico City 06060, Mexico (Centro)
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As featured in 3 days in Mexico City
Ranked #11 of 284 attractions in Mexico City
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Historic Sites, History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This historic building was once occupied by Hernán Cortés, the Spanish explorer who conquered the Aztecs, and includes a famous panoramic mural of... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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SavMichael
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The murals on the walls of the National Palace are worth the trip. Although, I didn't see much else here. I'm not sure if we missed something. We wandered in late on a Sunday afternoon right before it closed. It was definitely worth visiting though, especially if you are in the area of the Zocalo.

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Evergreen, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Palacio Nacional is a must when visiting Mexico City......beautiful architectural building in downtown....the expo has unique pieces of art worTh watching....better with a guide....the expo will leave you speechless and being in this place is a classic to feel what the beautiful city is

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slovenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

The National Palace is very impressive as the buildings, but for me the most important parts are the murals painted by Diego Rivera. These murals reflect history and nowdays of Mexico.

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Moscow, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

I knew the work of Diego Rivera was amazing .... but his work in the National Palace will blow you away. HIs ability to use this medium (murals) to combine history, satire, political commentary and incredible artistry is incredible.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Saw a free Mayan exhibition there. Beautiful place. FREE! I asked the security guard if this was where the free mayan exhibit was and he said "I don't speak English" - in perfect English... Other than that very pleasant.

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Seattle, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Anyone who is a fan of art, history, and architecture should check it out. It's free and right in the zocalo next to the Cathedral. It's pretty amazing to see Diego Riviera's murals in such a government official type building. They're really quite remarkable!

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Toongabbie, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

This was our favourite attraction in Mexico City- and it's free! The murals really bring Rivera's interpretation of Mexican history to life (and they look much better in real life - I am yet to see a photo of them that does them justice). We didn't hire a guide, but read up on the meaning of the murals beforehand, had... More

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Queretaro, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

The National Palace is a huge building and although it sticks out like a sore thumb on a map, finding the entrance can be a challenge. The Army surrounds the building and they are present at every entrance. El distrito federal is the capital of the country and the National Palace is still the seat of the national executive but... More

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Osage Beach, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

a lot of murals - we hired a local guide as we entered for 150 pesos - what a bargain - her insight and discussion of the history and details brought the murals to life and gave us a better understanding of Mexican history and of Diego Rivera

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lincs UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Having returned to Mexico City for our flight home - we spent the morning quietly in the National Palace. We thoroughly enjoyed the same, first viewing the murals on the 1st floor. From there we moved on to the Mayan exhibition - we had visited the Museum of Antropologia some two years ago - a world class museum; I do... More

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