The Zapatista Barracks Museum is the Museo Comunitario Cuartel Zapatista in San Pablo Oztotepec in Milpa Alta.
Simply a big house, it was used as the headquarters of the Zapatista army during the Mexican Revolution. Led by Emiliano Zapata, the Peasant Revolution mostly in the state of Morelos was an extended agrarian movement. Many argue that it’s not entirely resolved, even today.
Throughout the conflict, Zapata and his army took refuge in constantly changing places. On their way from Morelos to Mexico City, they found this house offered a strategic location. They used it as a barracks in 1914. In 1998, remembering the Zapatista cause turned the entire house into a museum.
Zapata ratified the Plan de Ayala here too. The document called for substantial land reforms, and redistribution of lands to the peasants. The museum has a facsimile of the original manuscript. Letters and photos from soldiers in the army while they remained in the barracks make fascinating subject matter. Exhibit spaces are dedicated to preserving and showing the weapons, tools, ammunition, clothing, and everyday items from the time.
Local people are on hand to provided guided visits. They’re also experts on the history of the town, its legends, stories, and traditions. Just a few meters away from the Zapatista Barracks Museum is the Church Sanctuary of the Lord of Chalma. It’s one of several important churches in the town.
Mondays through Fridays – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Phone: +52 (55) 5862 1515
Hermenegildo Galeana s/n San Pablo Oztotepec, Milpa Alta12400 Ciudad de México