Do you have only one day off on your business trip (and that day is a Monday?). There are museums in Mexico City that open their doors to entertain all types of visitors. If what you want is a bit of culture on a Monday, these museums are for you.
Harry Potter Museum
This museum is quite a spectacle and the best part: it opens on Mondays. Asher Silva (AKA Asher Potter) holds the Guinness World Record for having the largest Harry Potter collection. When he bought his first wand in 2001, he never imagined that his love for the magician would end up turning his house into a museum with more than 4 thousand pieces of J.K Rowling memorabilia. His entire house is made to exhibit the collection that he cataloged in 50 categories. In addition to being amazed by a super imposing collection, you will enjoy a museum like no other.
- Find it at: Gabriel Mancera 1260. Col. Del Valle.
- Open: Monday to Friday from 12 a.m. to 7 p.m. / Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Mexican Antique Toy Museum
You are going to go crazy with the largest collection of toys in the world. The MUJAM has more than 45 thousand pieces that always dazzle and fill their visitors with nostalgia. There are toys from many parts of the world. It has a special room where toys made exclusively by Mexican hands are displayed. They are pieces worthy of admiration that are already part of Mexican popular culture. It is a perfect museum to learn a little about the history of life in Mexico through its toys.
- Find it at: Doctor Olvera 15. Col. Doctors.
- IG: @museodeljuguete
- Open: Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays 9 to 16 hrs Sundays 10 to 16 hrs.
National Center of the Arts (CNA)
This center is not a museum, but you can find many cultural and educational activities such as concerts, plays, exhibits, courses and workshops. It is a forum that is used for the public to enjoy all kinds of art, it is eclectic and has impressive green areas. It is ideal to see an exhibition while enjoying the outdoors and its huge gardens. Sometimes they have craft sales, book fairs and festivals. It’s a perfect place to spend a free Monday.
- Find it at: Av. Río Churubusco 79 Col. Campreste Churubusco.
- Open: Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- TW: @cenartmx
Mexican Design Museum
If you want to kill two birds with one stone, you should visit this museum on your free Monday. It is right in the center of Mexico City, on the pedestrian street of Madero. It is built on the palace of Hernán Cortés and its current facade was designed at the end of the 18th century. It has an exhibition hall where pieces of local design are exhibited, a cafeteria and a shop that is worth your time. It is perfect if you want to buy souvenirs to take back home, it has super original and fun stuff, do not leave without going to see it. As you leave the museum, you can walk to the Cathedral, stroll through the Zocalo or go up the Torre Latino. It is a super plan for a Monday and if you want to enjoy the city center with fewer people than usual.
- Find it at: Madero 74. Historic Center
- TW: @MUMEDIAmigos
- Open: Monday: 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
As fun as it is classic, the Wax Museum in Mexico City has replicas of more than 200 famous people that are distributed in 14 themed rooms. You can see politicians, artists, athletes and even businessmen like Steve Jobs. If you want to see them up close, it is a perfect place to start. You can also dip your hand in wax and buy souvenirs in the store. It is located in Colonia Juarez, which is one of the most popular, and if you want a bite to eat after, you will find a thousand options. Be sure not to leave without admiring the old and beautiful facades of the houses in the area. It is a must!
- Find it at: Londres 6, Col. Juárez.
- TW: @museodecera
- Open: Monday to Sunday 11 – 19 hrs.
Museum of Torture
Only for people with strong stomachs. This museum, also located in Mexico City’s center is impressive. It has a collection of horrible artifacts from one of humanity’s darkest times: the Inquisition. You’ll find artifacts that were used to punish heresy. In those times you were tortured (sometimes to death) for things like being a “witch”, being an alcoholic, being Protestant, gay and many other things that the church did not tolerate. There are 75 different artifacts on display that were used for public humiliation, torture or the death penalty from the 16th to the 18th century. It is a piece of history that you cannot miss.
- Find it at: Tacuba 15, Col. Centro Histórico
- Open: From Monday to Sunday 10 – 18 hrs.