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“Diego Rivera murals” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of National Palace (Palacio Nacional)

National Palace (Palacio Nacional)
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The Colors of Mexico Private Walking Tour: Zocalo, National Palace and Art
Ranked #14 of 482 things to do in Mexico City
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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 Mexican history by Diego Rivera.
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“Diego Rivera murals”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 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 where the staff is equipped with automatic riffles.

Free entrance. We had to show our passport.

Visited April 2013
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“Don't expect a throne room”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2013 via mobile

This palace is very plain compared to other palaces around the world. A large courtyard with a fountain in the center is the focal point. The murals are excellent and provide a unique pictorial insight into the history of Mexico. The gardens are nice but I didn't linger long a bit disappointed in the plainness of if all.

Visited April 2013
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“best intro to mexican muralist diego riviera”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2013

well worth several hours wandering the grounds. emphais on the mural of course...the inner courtyard is interesting too

Visited March 2013
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“Murals”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2013

A trip here, with a guide, will give you an excellent overview of the history and timeline of Mexico as a nation. It is depicted in a set of murals on the palace walls. well woth a visit.

Visited April 2013
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“Diego Rivera's Frescos - A must see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013

The palace is huge and beautiful, though we spent most of our time looking at Diego Rivera's Murals and did not get a chance to explore all of it. These murals, collective called "The Epic of the Mexican People" are stunning works of art, unimaginably detailed covering the history of mexico over 400 years. Get a guide - we had a passionate elderly gentleman, full of stories about the history and cultures the frescos represented.

Visit the book store inside the Palace. While most of the books are in Spanish, there were some good books in English on the Mexican Mural art movement, that after 2 hrs of being in awe, we were "inspired" to pick up :-)

Photo-ops :
1) After the tour of the frescos, look for the botanical gardens inside the palace. Idyllic calm and some beautiful cactii. Look for the large number of Royal cats, idling away in the gardens.
2) The fountain in the center

Visited January 2013
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