Culture / Museums

How many museums are there in Mexico City?

Mexico City is one of the cities with the most museums in the world. We are second only to London, according to the Local Tourism Secretariat. Fundamental pieces of our history are preserved here for society, whether it is the legacy of the conquests or what we keep from our ancestors.

Our museums are not limited to natural history or classical paintings, which distinguishes us from the rest of the world. We have curiosities such as the Antique Toy Museum, the Museum of Light, and even the Perfume Museum. Every corner of Mexican streets holds a secret, but exactly how many museums are there?

There are a total of 170 museums and 43 galleries in the capital. Creativity and legacy are strongly present in painting, sculpture, drawing, lithographs, engraving, object art, ceramics, talavera, antique furniture, and textiles. In fact, every weekend, there is something new to do, thanks to a cultural heritage that surprises any visitor. 

These “temples of knowledge” are perfect for visiting on the weekend: Sundays are the days when most of these museums do not charge admission. The best thing is that these museums are supported by various institutions such as the Federal Government or non-governmental associations such as Grupo Carso. The most famous museum is the Soumaya, located in Polanco.

And which one is the best of them all? The truth is that we cannot choose; however, we have some recommendations if it is your first time in Mexico City: the National Museum of History, Chapultepec Castle, the National Museum of Anthropology, the ruins of the Templo Mayor, the Museum of the Palacio de Bellas Artes, the Museum of Modern Art and the National Museum of Art.

The experience will be truly unforgettable in each one, mainly  because of the great interest that we Mexicans show to those who seek to know and learn more.

What about you, do you have a favorite museum?