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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 10 August 2018

As part of a private tour, we stopped by the National Palace which was chock full of history and Diego Rivera murals. The showstopper is of course The History of Mexico. This mural spans a massive inside wall above a stairwell. It essentially has three...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 8 August 2018

We entered the palace from the hurly burly of the historial district and entered a serene oasis. The building is very impressive with its many arches. The murals are fabulous -- Diego Rivera really was a brilliant man to put so much symbolism into his...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank famillehamilton
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

By The zócalo, and the catedral metropolitana. Entry is free and definitely a place to explore. The two museums are very nice, the murales are amazing, and the architecture and garden are beautiful. A must see!!!

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Angel-Mendoza-5
Reviewed 6 August 2018

The Palacio Nacional - which I knew as the Presidents' Palace thirty years ago - is enormous and lovely. Apparently some of the complex was started by Cortes, so it's old and has an antique charm, too. Don't miss the cacti and succulents in the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Kenneth C
Reviewed 1 August 2018

Just an amazing place to wonder around and glimpse wonderful architecture and what ever exhibitions may be running. Watch for the cats

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank spartangreg1
Reviewed 30 July 2018

The National Palace is next to the large square where we watched the Columbia versus Britain World Cup match. We are so happy that we walked over to the entrance which is partially blocked off so don’t be discouraged. One person in your party will...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank avalon18258
Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

We went for the Rivera murals which are fantastic but I also took in the art of the Mixtecos exhibition which was superb. The buildings themselves are magnificent with beautiful courtyards and balconies. It is a working government building so you will need ID to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank gordona969
Reviewed 29 July 2018

The Palacio National is a must to include in your itinerary. It is so beautiful inside. It is always free but always a line up. We only waited 1/2 hour. I highly recommend visiting this beautiful building with murals by Diego Riviera. You do have...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Donna K
Reviewed 29 July 2018

This was actually a HUGE museum, and even though almost nothing was in English, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Super recommend!!!

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank RachieFace
Reviewed 27 July 2018

The Palace is huge and entry is free. They limit how many people can be inside at a time so the line moves very slow. Go in the morning before there is a line. They will hold your ID and put a badge on you...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Postal, Casa de los Azulejos and Palacio de Bellas
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admire arts and architecture. Don't forget to visit
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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