I came upon this museum purely by chance while walking in the Historical District and spent a very enjoyable afternoon here. The museum is easily recognizable by the large equestrian statue of King Carlos IV of Spain in the public space in front of the building, the old Palace of Communication, and it is located just a few blocks from the Palacio de Bellas Artes.
It has an extensive collection of art on display in its permanent collection; paintings, sculptures, and murals from the 16th century to the mid 20th century by many of Mexico’s most famous artists. The period from 1550 to 1821 covers Colonial art, 1810-1910 deals with Independence and Romanticism, and 1910 to 1955 shows art depicting the Revolution and Nationalism.
The interior of the neo classical building itself is stunning and it would be safe to say that it would be worth going for this alone. To see the semicircular staircase itself is worth the price of admission, not to mention the marvelous reception hall on the second floor, in which former President Diaz received dignitaries. The grand entrance hall contains several Corinthian columns, an imposing staircase, and a lovely ceiling mural representing peace.
It is a real pleasure to see the exhibits and frankly, I am rather surprised that it is currently not ranked higher as an attraction.
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