Opened in 1986 to house, display, and curate Mexico’s largest collection of colonial art, this amazing display of artistic wealth is located in a 16th-century Spanish hospital, charming in its own right.
This museum is a delight for antique lovers, history buffs, and art aficionados alike. Presented as a select collection of quality historic pieces that tell the story of Mexico City before Mexico City became what it is today, the Franz Mayer Museum tells its history through decorative items of the period, letting you get a visceral experience of what life was like in colonial Mexico.
Located on the other side of the Museum of Bellas Artes in the Zocalo, the Franz Mayer Museum transports you to a different era and offers an accessible and interesting experience with exhibits from southeast Asia, Europe, England, and Latin America. Be sure to see the pottery, the silver, and the tapestries from Franz Mayer’s own collection.
The Franz Mayer Museum is located at Hidalgo 45 in Centro Historico. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Admission is roughly $4.50 for adults and $2.50 for students and teachers with current ID. Note that there is attached parking next door to the museum.