The National Museum of Art’s collection of traditional Mexican crafts may be smaller than what’s found at the National Museum of Anthropology, but it still remains a popular destination for travelers to Mexico City.
Built between 1905 and 1911, the historic structure boasts an impressive entrance with richly detailed ceilings, Corinthian columns and intricate iron staircases. An expansive network of galleries and halls displays work from the 16th Century to the 20th Century, including early paintings by Diego Rivera and landscapes by Velasco. Artwork shows the progression of national development through traditional Mexican artistry. While the permanent collection is impressive, temporary exhibits are often worth the trip.
The museum is located at Tacuba 8 in Centro Historico and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5:30 pm. It is closed on Mondays. Audio tours are only available in Spanish. Be sure to pick up a map, as galleries can be difficult to navigate.