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“It's a building.”

State Government Palace
Ranked #89 of 116 things to do in Oaxaca
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Owner description: This government building is noted for its famous mural depicting the important role of Oaxaca in Mexican history.
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“It's a building.”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

At the edge of the Zocalo, generally crowded with Triqui protesters, except when the police clean them out - before Christmas. Interior often houses art exhibits. There is an interactive museum upstairs that is worth a visit. Helps if you read Spanish.

Visited November 2012
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rachelmast
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“Cheap entrance fee, not that interesting”
Reviewed May 18, 2011

I did not find the palace very interesting. The exhibitions seemed to be geared towards student groups and were not very captivating for an adult audience. The mural was nice as was the the building itself and the entrance fee is nominal at 25 pesos. If you've got time to kill and are looking for something to do, which was our scenario, it is worth checking out. If you are strapped for time I would recommend you skip this site and check out the Santo Domingo church, Cultural Center, and local markets.

Visited May 2011
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“We feel really lucky to have seen the inside of this government building”
Reviewed November 28, 2010

We were recently in Oaxca for about two weeks. During our days there we made it to the zocalo every day and the government palace of Oaxaca state was always closed off to everyone. Protest banners lined the arcade along the entire front side of the building that faced the main plaza. Protests in this city are not uncommon and the zocalo is often the focus of the protests.
However, on our last evening in Oaxaca we again headed to the zocalo to see if any music was on tap for the evening. We noticed that the protest signs were gone and the entire arcade area was cleaned up. There were also police around. We noticed lights on inside for the first time during our stay. We found a door that was open just around the corner and we asked the guard if it would be possible to go inside for a look at the famous mural above the stairway going to the next floor. He hesitated briefly and then said OK as long as I checked the small backpack I was carrying, did not use flash and stayed for no more than ten minutes. We agreed and we had that famous mural of Oaxacan history to ourselves for a few minutes. I hope the building remains open in the wake of a new Governor who takes over December 1 of 2010. I am sure more protests will occur in the zocalo. That just seems to be part of Oaxaca. But the murals in the inside should be viewed by anyone who wants to see them. We do feel very fortunate considering recent history. I guess it was a simple fact of right place at the right time. There are other such murals to view in other cities but this was special.

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