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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
Centro Histórico
+52 55 3688 1255
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A real gem with impressive buildings, wonderful murals by Diego Rivera, a gallery great exhibit of life through the centuries and a garden full of stray cats that are looked after. What's not to like? We did not pay an entrance fee but you must...More

Thank MoxiF
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

For some strange reason this building was closed to the public this day. We walked about 14 blocks and really wanted to see the National Palace but we heard afterwards that it's often closed. Sometimes protesters cause the closure but this particular day I have...More

Thank Theresa P
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you enjoy art murals and history - this is the place to be! The murals tell the Mexican history through the eyes of the people. Mr. Rivera certainly knew the times and the hard work of the Mexican people and brought it to life...More

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

CDMX or Mexico City is so full of surprises. From the outside the red brick facade looks truly dirty. It just looks like a giant building facing the enormous zocalo. I thought we were just going to pop in to see the famous Rivera mural...More

Thank DavidTAC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Free to get in, but need one person from your group to hand over ID for the time that you are in the grounds. There were a lot of people there but could easily move around and read the information. Beautiful building and grounds to...More

Thank Lozzi03
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is a haven from the craziness of the Zócalo on a Saturday. While it was chaos outside, it was calm and serene in the palacio. The grounds and exhibits are all amazing but the Diego Rivera murals are up there with sisters chapel...More

Thank luke g
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited this on my first day in Mexico City and thought it was a great introduction to Mexican history. Almost all exhibit descriptions are in Spanish, so English speakers may struggle to read them. Still, the exhibits and the Palace are beautiful. You may...More

Thank Liz B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is beautiful and Diego’s murals are breathtaking! This place is a must!! Be aware you must go early, any time after 11am is a busy mess! And it’s free!

Thank Diane P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Here are the directions and instructions you'll need. First, the entrance to the Palacio Nacional is NOT in front, not part of Zocalo, but down the side street. If you're standing in front of the Palacio Nacional, it's the street that goes down the left...More

Thank home_mellone
Reviewed 9 October 2018

It is a beautiful structure, very rich in history was originally built for Cortez. We visited the palace with a city tour, but the Palace can easily visited on your own. It was very helpful having a guide, though, since he provided a detailed description...More

Thank Bill38360
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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
31 January 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
18 August 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
21 October 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