A great place to start your discovery of Mexico City is the Centro Historico, which is actually the place where the city of Mexico City was founded. This area contains the large central plaza which is called El Zocalo and several blocks around this area, and it almost reaches the Alameda Central Park to the west. This location is jam packed with historic sites and buildings which trace the history of Mexico City from the Aztec’s, through to colonial times, and the present day.
Whilst you can soak up the history of Mexico City just by walking around the Centro Historico, you really shouldn’t miss a visit to any of the museums housed within this area. The museums are free on Sundays, which is also a great day to explore the Centro Historico because the crowds are a (little) thinner than other days and the area takes on a more relaxed vibe.
The National Anthropology Museum
The Museo Nacional de Antropologia (National Anthropology Museum) is a highlight of Mexico City, and should be on any tourists ‘to do’ list. The museum stands in the Bosque de Chapultepec, which is the biggest and best park in the city. The museum charts Mexico culture from prehistoric times, right through to modern indigenous life. There are many different sections of the museum, and it may be wise to select a few areas to tackle, to avoid the exhaustion of trying to cover the whole 26 exhibition halls in the one visit! Some of the highlights are the Teotihuacan exhibit, Tolteca, Mexica, Oaxaca and Maya exhibits.
Admission to the Museo Nacional de Antropologia is 25MX (less for senior citizens, children and students), but entrance to the museum is free on Sundays.
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Av. Paseo de la Reforma y Calzada Gandhi s/n
Col. Chapultepec Polanco
Delegación Miguel Hidalgo
Código Postal 11560
Phone: 5553-6266 or