Mexico City | Sites and Museums

During our stay in Mexico City we visited a lot of sites and museums.  I was amazed by the affordability of admission.  On Sundays, admission is free to most museums.  We only went to one museum on a Sunday and it was very busy.  I do recommend going on a weekday and paying the nominal fee to avoid the crowds.  I am a fan of the free admission though because it allows everyone access to the museums, no matter the ability to pay.  It was also common to be charged a separate amount in order to take photos, but it was never more than $1.00 USD.  Most of the places we visited had free admission for teachers and students.  This may be a hit or miss if you aren’t a teacher or student in Mexico, but if you have your ID it wouldn’t hurt to ask.  Below, I have included the various sites we visited with their admission prices in Mexican Pesos, the United States Dollar equivalent as of July 26, 2018, a link to the websites where you can find out more information, and photos.

Catedral Metropolitana de México:   Admission was free.

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Museo Nacional de Antropología: The day we went we received free admission.  It was not a Sunday, but the upper level of the museum was closed so I believe that the free admission was due to this.  Normally, admission is $70 MXN ($3.75 USD).

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Museo Nacional de Arte (MUNAL):  Admission is $65 MXN ($3.48 USD).  I highly recommend seeing artwork by Nahui Olin.

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Museo de Arte Moderno:  This is the museum that we visited on a Sunday when admission is free and it was very busy.  Normally, admission is $65 MXN ($3.48 USD). (I did not take any pictures at this museum.)

Castillo de Chapultepec:  We received free admission with our IDs, but I wouldn’t count on this.  Admission is $70 MXN ($3.75 USD).  This building houses the Museum of National History, as well as preserved rooms from when it was a private residence occupied by Maximilian I and his wife Carlota.

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Museo Frida Kahlo: We did the “A Day with Frida and Diego” tour that is available on Saturdays and Sundays.  The cost of the ticket gives you admission to the Frida Kahlo Museum and a bus ride to and from the Diego Rivera – Anahuacalli Museum.  The cost is $150 MXN ($8.03 USD) for adults and $75 MXN ($4.02) for children under 12.  While we were waiting in line, they made an announcement (in Spanish) about this specific ticket, we were taken to the front of the line and given two admissions for the price of one.  I can’t say if this is something that is offered regularly.  Our suspicion is that not many people had purchased this ticket and with it being near the time the bus was heading to the other museum they wanted to get as many people on the bus as possible. and

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Teotihuacan Pirámides:  This site was amazing and well worth the trip outside of the city.  The cost of admission was $70 MXN ($3.75 USD).  We took an Uber from where we were staying in Mexico City to the site for $581.84 MXN ($31.15 USD).  This cost will vary depending on where you are picked up, as well as the time of day as rates vary based on supply and demand at various times.  This was a very simple way to get there.  You can also find various tour options with pickups at hotels and other places in the city, or you can take a bus from the Autobuses del Norte station.  When we were ready to leave Teotihuacan, we were not able to find an Uber, but we were prepared that this might be the case.  We took a bus that was headed to the Autobuses del Norte station for under $5 USD (2 tickets).  We were told that the buses come regularly and we only had to wait about 15 minutes.  If you don’t know what gate to go to for bus pickup, as there are multiple entrance gates, don’t be afraid to ask, we had to.

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Templo Mayor:  If you are going to visit this and Teotihuacan, I recommend visiting this first.  After seeing Teotihuacan, it seemed less impressive due to the sheer size of Teotihuacan.  The admission cost was $70 MXN ($3.75 USD).

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Palacio de Bellas Artes:  This is not about the museum within the Palacio, but rather a performance that we saw.  We saw Ballet Folklórico de México, which you can learn more about here: .  I highly recommend seeing this when you’re in Mexico City.  We decided to treat ourselves and sat in the fifth row.  We were originally going to sit in the front row, but the woman at the box office recommended the fifth row or back so we weren’t looking up at the stage.  Our tickets cost $1180 MXN each ($63.18 USD).  There were also tickets for $1140 MXN ($61.04 USD) and $363 MXN ($19.44).  There is a service fee in addition to these prices if you purchase your tickets online so I recommend going to the Palacio de Bellas Artes to purchase them at the box office.  Purchasing them in person saved us a total of $426 MXN ($22.81 USD).

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