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national museum of architecture


The National Museum of Architecture is on the top floor of Palacio de Bellas Artes. The exhibits are generally based on the most renowned Mexican architects. They often include models, design drafts, and photographs of important works.

The museum is especially important for curating and directing temporary exhibits that traveled to other museums across the country. The museum is divided into four sections and ends with sections dedicated to the old National Theater and its replacement, the Palace itself. There is also an emphasis on historic architectural preservation. The museum also works to educate the public about the value of the works, projects, buildings and areas of Mexico City, and many other cities and areas of the country.

Temporary exhibits within the Palace tend to focus on 20th century and contemporary architecture. There is also some focus on urbanism and city planning down to the neighborhood and street level. The collection includes architectural drawings, models and scale models, paintings, photographs, original drawings and sketches, and many of them have been digitized.

The National Museum of Architecture is often visited at the same time as the Bellas Artes Museum. Also is very close to the Postal Palace, and other spots of Avenida Hidalgo. Among them are the National Printmaking Museum, and the Franz Mayer Museum.  The special events are posted on the museum’s Facebook page.

Hours: Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Public Art/Monuments

"Alegoría del viento" de Roberto Montenegro

Nearest at 0.01 kms.

Public Art/Monuments

"La nueva democracia" de David A. Siqueiros

Nearest at 0.01 kms.


"Katharsis" de José Clemente Orozco

Nearest at 0.01 kms.

Public Art/Monuments

"México de hoy" de Rufino Tamayo

Nearest at 0.02 kms.

Mexico City

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