TOP 9 MUSEUMS IN MEXICO CITY
Mexico City is a bewildering art vessel full of surprises, whether you're into Architecture, Pop, Renaissance, Modern, or any other kind of Art, you are guaranteed to satisfy your artistic thirst. That being said, most of the museums/galleries on this list feature a mix of mostly modern and contemporary art with a few different pieces of paintings and sculpture here and there since this is my personal preference. If you're looking for something to do in Mexico City, you can't miss visiting at least one of the museums on this list, as CDMX is known to be an art lover's dream.
*When the opening time does not mention a day, the museum is closed on that day. Please also note that any discounts offered to specific people by the museum need a valid ID (example: student ID) and that the picture displaying the art in each gallery on the list might be ones of temporary exhibitions (no longer on display).
1-Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil
A very refreshing, quiet, and small museum that offers a display of a multitude of artist's pieces every month. If you like modern art and clean cut displays you'll love Museo de Arte Carillo Gil.
Admission: free on Sundays, free for Teachers/Students, 50$ pesos (2.6 usd) otherwise
Opening time: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Instagram page: @museocarrillogil
The exhibition space is huge, the curated works are stunning which makes it an excellent space to get aquatinted to the latest contemporary art of various different artists.
Admission: Free admission
Opening time: Tuesday to Thursday from from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Instagram page: @galeriaomr
3-Museo Memoria y Tolerancia
This is an incredible museum about the holocausts and other genocides, designed as such to best communicate its message with the use of technology in a very powerful and emotional way. I highly recommend the taking either an audio guide or a personal guide, the tour in overall if you really take your time and pay attention to every detail should take around 3 ½ hours to complete. Having visited other Holocaust museums in Europe (including Germany) I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this museum.
Admission: 80$ pesos (4.2 usd) , for Students/teachers/under 15: 65$ pesos (3.4 usd)
Opening time: Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Instagram page: @museomyt
The Museo Jumex doesn't have a permanent collection and switches its content often. It's an excellently curated modern art museum next to Museo Soumaya (which is a beautiful piece of architecture but the museum itself isn't up my alley) in one of the nicest part of Mexico City.
Admission: General public: 50$ pesos (2.6 usd) , National public: 30$ pesos (1.5), for Students/teachers/Seniors/under 15: Free, Free entries on Sundays
Opening time: Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Instagram page: @museojumex
5-LUIS BARRAGAN HOUSE AND STUDIO
Luis Barragan was one of the most important landscape architect-designers of the 20th century. If you're a fan of architecture and want to treat your eyes to some very aesthetic interiors and designs, this is one of the best places to go to in CDMX. Make sure to book a tour (available in Spanish and English) in advance as the slots regularly get full.
Admission: General public: 400$ pesos (21 usd), National public: 300$ pesos (15.8 usd) , for foreign students: 200$ pesos (10.5 usd), for national students: 150$ (13.2 usd) pesos
Opening time: Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Instagram page: @casaluisbarragan
6-Museo Frida Kahlo
Almost no one visits Mexico City without going to the Frida Kahlo Museum, which isn't exactly a museum: it's Frida's house. If you'd like to learn more about this unconventional artist and the amazing life she led, I'd really recommend visiting. The house is beautiful and includes a gift shop and a big garden. The museum is very insightful and it's nice to learn about an artist rather than just learn about the artwork she has produced. Visiting the museum should take about a maximum of 1 hour, but I really recommend getting an audio tour (1hour and a half) or even a guide because that's the best way to actually learn about her. You should book online to avoid the long lines.
Admission: General admission: 200$ pesos (10.5), National public: 80$ pesos (4.2 usd), Teacher/Students: 40$ pesos (2.1 usd), Less than 15/senior citizens: 15$ pesos (1.32 usd)
Opening time: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. (Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m.) to 5:30 p.m.
Instagram page: @museofridakhalo
7-Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo
This is a must see for contemporary art lovers. MUAC is a fantastic museum where architecture meets digital works and other artistic mediums, it is located in the center of the Ciudad Universitari campus, itself a work of art.
Admission: Thursday to Saturday 40$ pesos (2.1 usd), 50% discount to students and teachers, Wednesday and Sunday 20$ pesos (1 usd)
Opening time: Wednesday to Friday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Thursday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Instagram page: @muac_unam
A superbly designed building, the Tamayo museum is a fabulous showcase for modern art with some really interesting shifting exhibitions that usually also feature Mexican artisan works.
Admission: General 65$ pesos (3.4 usd), children under 12/ Students/Teachers/Senior citizens: free , Sunday free entry
Opening time: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Instagram page: @eneltamayo
Galeria Kurimanzutto is probably one of the most beautiful art galleries in Mexico City. If you're into any kind of art in general, this is my recommendation for you. Architecture meets nature in a redesigned old industrial bakery where the temporary exhibitions are almost guaranteed to strike an artistic chord or two.
Admission: Free of charge
Opening time: Tuesday to Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Instagram page: @kurimanzutto