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National Palace (Palacio Nacional)

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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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Avenida Pino Suarez, Corregidora esquina Guatemala | Zócalo, Mexico City 06060, Mexico
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Reviewed yesterday

It is free and worth a visit but take ID as it is retained when in the building.This is a grand colonial palace and has Diego Rivera murals and an excellent historical museum.it is also the home of the President of Mexico who did not...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed yesterday

Many people visiting Mexico City skip this gem, which is a pity. It is right at the Zocalo and is for free (just need to show your ID and go through a security check). The small parks are nice, but of course the highlight are...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MartinG1984
Reviewed 5 days ago

We first wandered into the museum part of the complex and it was completely deserted. It is certainly worth seeing in addition to enjoying the Diego Rivera stairwell and second floor rooms.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

When visiting downtown Mexico City, just in front of the Zocalo and the Cathedral you will find Palacio Nacional. You can just walk in and take a look at the great paintings it has inside.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Paco A
Reviewed 1 week ago

This Palacio offers an excellent introduction to Mexico City, its history and its art. We engaged a guide before entering. He spoke really good English but was demeaning of other guides and "stories" we had heard in our travels. So choose carefully, as a guide...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank MissMem
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The murals by Diego Rivera alone are worth the trip. I learned more about Mexican history by looking at the murals than almost all the museums- seriously- his murals tell the story in pictures. The Palace is beautiful and historic- it - or at least...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank talk2p
Reviewed 1 week ago

The National Palace is huge!!! It dominates the north side of Zocala!!!!! The architecture is stunning as well as the immense size!!! It has a tremendous history that goes along with it and it also is one of many buildings in the Historical area that...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank gary c
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was told this is where Mexico's President manage the country. Old historical building, you need a photo ID to be admitted. There are archives in the library from the past presidents to nowadays. Museums inside introduced the history of Mexico, I hope they can...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank chwang3
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are so many cats in the stunning courtyard of the National Palace. Besides this very minor fact the Palace itself is very large and is incredibly beautiful in its architecture. The courtyard is beautiful and the fountain in the middle is a wonderful centrepiece....More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank WilliamThomas
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a perfectly well proportioned and maintained building, very pleasing. The star of this show though are the murals which are just sensational. They give a pictorial history of Mexico and are a sight to behold.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Centro Historico
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
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Sonia M
January 31, 2018|
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Response from WJD_CO | Reviewed this property |
Yes it was open, if you click on it in trip advisor, it brings up a new page that lets you book a tour. Take ID Best to go before noon
August 17, 2017|
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Response from Jlu2903 | Reviewed this property |
No reservations are required.........if planning a visit, would recommend during the week and avoid busy weekends (holidays). You must leave your passport with one of the security guards and pick it up at the end of the... More
Evelina O
October 20, 2016|
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Response from boo2U | Reviewed this property |
I didn't see any, we had our own guide, there were people milling around us because they wanted to hear what our guide was telling us. try looking on the website, it should tell you if there are "official" guides for hire... More
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Amy C
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
National Palace (Palacio Nacional) open to visitors? (5 Replies)
Curious if anyone knows if the National Palace (Palacio Nacional) is currently open to visitors, given the events of the past few months. Thanks!
January 22, 2015|
Response fromHappy_on_the_road|
Yes, it is still open. You can enter and see the Diego Rivera murals and other aspects of Palacio Nacional. There currently is no exhibit to see and the diplomatic reception rooms are closed. The main door on the Zocalo is usually closed now. If the main door is closed, enter on Calle de Moneda (halfway to Templo Mayor). The Palace will be closed for visitors if the President is there for some reason, generally for some kind of event, but that does not happen often.