Named for the building's snail shell shape, the Museo del Caracol spirals its way through the history of Mexico and its struggle for independence. The story is told in a wonderfully visceral fashion through a series of dioramas and models, which make it fun for people of all ages (and non-Spanish speakers). Each diorama, created by talented Mexican artists, has audio narrations of the events depicted. The museum also features two sculptures by Mexican artist Chavez Morado: the first, located near the entrance, represents, in a startling way (you'll see what I mean), the fusion of the European and Mesoamerican cultures. The second, housed near the entrance to the Mexican Constitution exhibit, is a large altar honoring the pre-Hispanic cultures and the birth of independent Mexico. Its red volcanic stone walls and green and white marble are for the colors of the Mexican flag. The museum is a worthy detour from nearby Chapultepec Castle (Castillo de Chapultepec); you'll pass it on the way up, or down, from the Castillo.
Mexico City› Attraction
Museo del Caracol
Ramp access to Castillo de Chapultepec in the first section of Chapultepec Park
Our Rating Neighborhood Chapultepec Park Hours Tues–Sun 9am–4:15pm Transportation Metro: Chapultepec Phone 55/4040-5241 Prices M$48, plus M$45 to take photos or video; free for children under age 13 and free on Sun Web site Museo del Caracol
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