Museo Nacional de Artes
Museo Nacional de Artes
4.5
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
This museum has a huge collection of artwork ranging from ancient times to the present. The most important collection of Mexican art.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Centro Histórico
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 vintage item, handicrafts and jewelry characteristic of each state in Mexico can be found on Sundays. Admire majestic views of the city from the Monumento a la Revolución and Torre Latinoamericana, and round out the experience with restaurants of all cuisines nearby.
How to get there
  • Bellas Artes • 4 min walk
  • Allende • 4 min walk
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Nuno N
New York City, NY221 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
An amazing neo-classical building, designed by Italian architect Silvio Conti and, an impressive art collection. Highly recommended!!
Written 25 July 2023
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Alex A
15 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Where to begin...This place is such a massive missed opportunity for Mexico City. Whoever curates this collection, manages the staff, and designs the experience is particularly incompetent. The building is grand and ornate in the tradition of what you'd find in top European cities, but that's not enough. I'll just make a list -

-The person taking money for tickets was quite unpleasant and seemed unhappy to see us.
-I inquired if there is a program or map, and was told there is not. (upon exit, we did see a map on a placard, which we could have photographed had we been told it was there
-I speak Spanish functionally, but was still mystified as to where to begin - layout is totally non-intuitive.
-The worst part of the visit was how consistently overbearing and paranoid the army of docents/staff was. They watch you so closely it is impossible to be relaxed and enjoy the art. I got admonished a number of times for: walking in the wrong direction, letting my toe drift 1 inch beyond the tape on the floor in front of an exhibit, and even for pointing too closely at painting's description. (I was pointing at an English typo too, which I found amusing). There were almost no English translations throughout the museum.
-The building is fantastic, but nobody with any design sense is running the show. The lighting was very problematic...so many fixtures with mismatched bulbs, stark bright white light like you'd find in the dentist's chair.
-They had a "Monet" exhibit in a tiny, overfull room, which held exactly 3 Monet works, only one of which was of any significance or beauty. Other assorted Mexican impressionist works as well, but not really congruent with a Monet exhibit. They also charge some extra fee to take pictures, and give you a paper ring around your finger to show you've paid the fee. Felt really cheap and trashy - not what you want to feel when taking in fine art.
-Most of the collection is your standard rump religious imagery, very little of it memorably or significant. One religious gallery was commingled with a variety of silver covered skateboards which signifies...something.
-I enjoyed the Galileo and Colon/Columbus pieces and the written narratives about them. The statuary hall had some good works.
-I'd visit 20 other museums before working your way down to this one. Particularly the Soumaya.
Written 10 June 2023
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Sergio R
Mexico City, Mexico39 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
The exhibit about Monet is a fiasco, Only 3 works of Monet were exhibited. Plus, the area was supposed to allow 30 visitors and more than 150 were attending.
Written 7 June 2023
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sandy c
Copenhagen, Denmark653 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Three paintings does not constitute a Monet exhibition. Also, their best, wildest, most innovative and stunning selection of 20th and 21st century art is closed off completely. No mention of this at the ticket desk, where they charge you full price regardless. I don't know how long this situation will last, but if you must go, please please please ask if the contemporary collection is fully open. In the past I've enjoyed this museum's collection immensely, but today I feel like I've been robbed.
Also for what it's worth, the gift shop has devolved into selling cheap mass produced crap. Cigarette lighters? Seriously?
Written 16 May 2023
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John J
Merida, Mexico455 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
There was a Monet exhibit at the museum which was closed due to a privat function. The building is exceptional but the collections I saw were of minimal interest.
Written 1 May 2023
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TravelerAndrew
Boston, MA114 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Unless you're a fan of colonial, religious oil paintings, you can probably skip this museum. Yes, it is centrally located. Yes, it has a gorgeous facade and the interior is also quite stunning. And yes, it will feel like a "must do" because it is one of the most famous museums in Mexico. However, much of the collection appears rather depressing because of the eras (and subsequent art) it represents. There is a lovely Diego Rivera piece here, and there were some other great 19th century impressionist-like paintings. Yet, we left feeling uninspired.
Written 28 December 2022
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wil r
Tacoma, WA150 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The building itself is a visual treat. The art inside sadly unremarkable. Whole sections of galleries are padlocked, presumably empty. Worse still the staff is cold and not at all helpful.. one chap dressed in police uniform was outright belligerent. Fortunately he was unarmed. Go on the free day and just enjoy the building.
Written 16 December 2022
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53OIT
Boston, MA37 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Not much art, staff is not helpful, most of rooms are closed, and the ones that are open are disorganized. SKIP this museum if you do not have much time
Written 9 December 2022
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jnash84
Bournemouth, UK417 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
There were some nice art works here and there are several floors in a nice building. The entrance fee was $10 US for both of us so less than £5 UK each and would have been lower if paid in pasos but they only took cash and we didn’t haven local currency yet (note always better to pay local and not worth having US dollars on you, we’re from UK but had dollars to use up)

You have to pay extra if you want to take photos and get a badge to wear to say you can take them but we were happy just looking around and taking it in.

For us the reason very average is we don’t speak or read Spanish, and whilst would absolutely expect Spanish to be first there were only 2 pieces of painting in the entire building we saw with English translation and no audio tape provided or options given - so we really couldn’t learn much about the history and found this a little hard going. As was the way round which wasn’t very clearly laid out but they seemed very set in making you follow.

There were also MANY staff / helpers which although polite I felt constantly watched and in one case followed around which was a little intrusive almost like I was going to try and touch a painting maybe

Worth a visit and not expensive but without option of translation for learning, and the feeling of being watched constantly would say very average and not something we really enjoyed
Written 5 November 2022
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kbernh
New York City, NY67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Loved the collection of Mexican artists. Also, an exhibit dedicated to food, cooking, kitchens. I loved that. The building is beautiful and galleries a nice size. It was better than I anticipated.
Written 16 October 2022
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