History is steeped into the very stones of the Museum of the City of Mexico. It stands on what was the Iztapalapa Causeway, near where Hernán Cortés and Moctezuma II had their tumultuous first meeting. Later that spot became the eighteenth-century baroque Palacio de los Condes de Santiago de Calimaya, the architectural and artistic landmark of New Spain (built by architect Francisco Guerrero y Torres) that today houses the museum. Its 27 exhibition rooms cover the sweep of this city's story, from the pre-Hispanic period to today, with the changes in Mexico's capital portrayed in paintings, plans, and small-scale models. Don't skip the museum's top floor which houses the studio of Mexican painter Joaquín Clausell. Here visitors can view hundreds of the artists' sketches including portraits of famous Mexicans, images of Christ, and sketches of angels, animals, and mythological scenes. Temporary exhibits include works by up-and-coming Mexican artists and some historical exhibits of the city, such as a recent exhibit on Lucha Libre , the infamous Mexican wrestling with photos, costumes, and other artifacts. There are also concerts and film festivals held throughout the year.
Mexico City› Attraction
Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico
Pino Suárez 30, between Salvador and Uruguay streets
Our Rating Neighborhood Historic center Hours Tues–Sun 10am–6pm Transportation Metro: Pino Suárez Phone 55/5542-0487, 5542-0083 Prices M$25, free on Wednesday Web site Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico
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