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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 2 days 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 2 days 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 4 days 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
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Reviewed 5 days 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
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Reviewed 2 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 3 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
1  Thank Steve W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just about managed to get in only about 45 minutes before it closed but it was so worth it. The palace is a beautiful building with stunning features. The Diego Rivera artworks are magical and just breathtaking. We return to CDMX in February and will...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank anniefield
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited CDMX recently. We are big Diego Rivera fans and when we are in the historico centro we try to stop in and see his most famous murals in the National Palace opposite the zocalo. Not this time! We were attempting to sneak into...More

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

Date of experience: November 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
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