National Palace (Palacio Nacional)

National Palace (Palacio Nacional), Mexico City

National Palace (Palacio Nacional)

National Palace (Palacio Nacional)
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Government Buildings
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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1-2 hours
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Centro Histórico
The beating heart of the city lies within Centro Histórico, the vast expanse of historical buildings and monuments that are a must when exploring Mexico City. Places such as the Museo Biblioteca Palacio Postal, Casa de los Azulejos and Palacio de Bellas Artes are the perfect eye candy for anyone seeking to admire arts and architecture. Don't forget to visit the wide variety of markets and plazas where any vintage item, handicrafts and jewelry characteristic of each state in Mexico can be found on Sundays. Admire majestic views of the city from the Monumento a la Revolución and Torre Latinoamericana, and round out the experience with restaurants of all cuisines nearby.
How to get there
  • Zócalo • 3 min walk
  • Allende • 9 min walk
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emaletoronto
emaletoronto38 contributions
Mar 2021
Rivera's murals offer a snapshot of Mexican history from the Tenochtitlan days to the Revolution. The gardens of the Palace are also very nice. You will need to provide your passport or driver's license to access the premises. Security will hang on to them until your exit.
Written September 19, 2021
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Myo M
Coquitlam, Canada19,934 contributions
Mar 2020
With not that much of displays inside, but it's some of the corridors on the 2nd level & the "grand staircase" (which is not the one for the public usage) in this palace where covering pretty much the entire walls are a number of murals (both great-sized & smaller-sized ones) depicting these scenes of the Mayan cities & such (except for the one beside the staircase which is more like a collection of miscellaneous scenes) with each mural quite brilliantly done in a variety of colors and also with "fine details" of human figures & such (really all of them "somewhat mesmerizing" art scenes in my opinion). Not much interesting though (just for a quick walk-through) is the museum-like room (also on the 2nd level) although at the back of that room is a "life-sized" display of a portion of the Parliament chamber or such (fairly nice to take a peek from outside whether it's a re-creation or the original floor at just where it's always existed). And among the "5 Palacio Nacionals" visited in Central America, this is one mainly for the displays along the corridors around its "inner courtyard" (as are the two others which are the one in Guatemala City & the one in Merida although actually called Palacio de Gobierno), whereas each in a "museum setting" with a number of display rooms are the national palaces in Managua & Tegucigalpa.

With its one side along the whole length of the east side of the "main plaza" Zocalo, the entrance though is around the northeast corner of the Plaza (also some ID required to leave at the entrance while inside). And while around the Plaza, also one for a memorable visit is Catedral Metropolitana on the Plaza's north side (with two "shiny golden" altars inside, one of which the "tallest one" ever seen in both South & Central Americas) where also right beside the Cathedral on the Plaza's northeast corner are a "ruin site" at slightly below the ground level (viewable from above although with also a ramp way to enter the site) & 3 "miniature models" of this city in the Mayan time when it was known as Tenochtitlan. And yes, at just about a 10-minute walk west from the Plaza (but likely for another day) are the 3 "should-not-be-missed" sites: Torre Latinoamericana for a nice "rooftop viewing" from the 44th floor; Palacio de Bellas Artes with the exterior of ornate architecture & some "super-sized" murals to see inside (actually bigger than the ones here as mentioned above); and Palacio Postal with a "shiny golden" interior & a small postal museum.
Written February 14, 2021
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AJ S
Ann Arbor, MI390 contributions
Dec 2019
The Palace itself is pretty interesting. But the murals are very interesting. Lots of history. Local guide, hired right on the street by the Cathedral helped us to navigate around,- she was very knowledgeable
Written November 30, 2020
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Alex
Norway14 contributions
Sep 2020
It´s ok, nothing special. Can be found in most latin American cities. Absolutely an ok area surrounding it, so worth to stop by
Written November 3, 2020
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Ralph Z
Houston, TX39 contributions
Nov 2019
Interesting colonial complex with amazing murals by Diego Rivera. The scale of Rivers's works are staggering and uber-colorful.
Written May 22, 2020
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rolofduvall
Duvall, Washington34 contributions
Mar 2020
If you are a fan or curious about Diego Riveras art, this is a great place to see it. Admission is free but since it is a Mexico National Government Building, you must pass through a metal detector and leave an ID with picture to gain admission. You get your ID back when you leave. Get there early to be at the head of the queue. We thought they opened at 9 for tourists, but were informed to come back at 10. You can wander around the Zocalo or visit the Cathedral until the Palacio is open for visitors. There is more to the Palacio than just Riveras murals, but that was the highlight for me. There is a delightful botanical garden in an inner courtyard that is a peaceful respite from the big city.
Written March 18, 2020
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dpendgracs
Manitoba, Canada197 contributions
Jan 2020
This is an amazing building to explore. We had a guided tour and it was fascinating. I especially loved the floor to ceiling colourful murals that adorn some of the walls.
Written March 16, 2020
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TravelersTwoPeople
Weston, CT122 contributions
Mar 2020
Hired a guide as we stood in line waiting to get in. His narrative brought life to the murals and made them one of the highlights of our visit to Mexico City.
Written March 14, 2020
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Paul
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico100 contributions
Feb 2020
There are many reasons to visit the National Palace. I will discuss the two that struck me the most.

First off, this is an architectural treasure, an icon of Mexican history and culture. From the outside, its imposing mass and block-like structure are intimidating. But once inside, the many rooms surrounding the huge open courtyard exemplify to me the nature of Mexico and its people, appearing closed to the uninitiated but actually open and welcoming to those who care to make an effort. The palace is like so many Mexican homes - high walls hiding a warm and loving interior, a home.

Second of all, this building houses some of the most beautiful murals ever painted anywhere by anyone. Like the building, they reveal the strength of the Mexican people, their resilience and endurance in the face of oppressive forces. They reveal the beauty of a people in the most spectacular way.
Written March 13, 2020
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WhiteMouseBurrow
Moscow, Russia2,343 contributions
Feb 2020
The palace immediately attracts attention when you get to Zócalo Square. But to get inside, you have to go down the street on the left ... and overcome the hardships of security inspection. But inside you will be rewarded with wonderful frescoes!
Written March 13, 2020
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