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Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes) Tours

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Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes)
Overview
As Mexico City’s major cultural center, the Palace of Fine Arts hosts art exhibitions and a range of live events, including music, dance, theater, and opera. The building is a mix of art nouveau, art deco, and baroque architectural styles referred to as Porfiriano, after Mexican President Porfirio Diaz who commissioned the project.
 
The Basics
Located on the western side of the city’s historical center, next to Alameda Central park, the Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes) is surrounded by manicured gardens that offer contrast to the opulent columns and domes of the impressive structure. In addition to hosting live performances, it also houses a permanent art collection with statues and murals by Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Rufino Tamayo, and José Clemente Orozco.
 
One of the highlights is Rivera's Man at the Crossroads mural, which was originally commissioned for New York's Rockefeller Center but was destroyed and painted over by the Rockefellers because of its anti-capitalist imagery. Rivera recreated the work for the palace in 1934. Many tours offer a behind-the-scenes look at the venue, including its theater curtain that’s made of almost a million pieces of colored glass from Tiffany's.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Umbrellas, bags, backpacks, and large packages are not allowed.
  • The museum is equipped with elevators, and standard and electric ramps for those with disabilities.
  • Entry to the building is free, but you must pay a fee to be admitted to the museum.
 
How to Get There
The Palace of Fine Arts doesn’t offer a parking lot, but there are private parking lots located nearby. Since the museum is situated by the historical center, it is easily accessible by the Metro Lines 2 and 8; hop off at the convenient Bellas Artes stop, which is right next to the palace.
 
When to Get There
The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm, with Sundays attracting a bigger crowd. In addition to the museum, you can also attend a performance at the theater, including regular shows by Mexico City's Ballet Folklórico de México. Tickets to the  performances are typically available on the day.
 
National Palace (Palacio Nacional)
Diego Rivera fans will also want to visit the National Palace to take in the artist’s The History of Mexico mural, painted between 1929 and 1951, which depicts Mexico's history from ancient times to the present.
Address: Paseo de la Reforma y Campo Marte S/N, Mexico City, Central Mexico, Mexico
Admission: Varies
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Dvh
, Feb 2020
We purchased tickets from viator for the palacio de belles artes in Mexico City. When we. arrived at the place that viator said we could pick up our tickets, the person said they do not have those tickets. We went to the museum and they also said they do not accept viator’s transaction. So we had to purchase tickets again at the museum and have not been able to get a refund from viator for the $40 US dollars we paid to them !

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Without Rows: Palace of Fine Arts of Mexico CityAttraction Tickets

Without Rows: Palace of Fine Arts of Mexico City

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Save time and take advantage of this unique option with your entrance ticket to the Museum of the Palace of Fine Arts and avoid the lines. Go to any of the following redemption points: Hostal Amigo in Isabel la Católica 61-A, Centro. The ticket is only valid for your travel date. If you present your coupon on any other date, it will not be redeemable and no refund will be made.
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Skip the Line: Folkloric Ballet Admission Ticket in Mexico CityConcerts & Special Events

Skip the Line: Folkloric Ballet Admission Ticket in Mexico City

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Enjoy a performance at Mexico City’s impressive UNESCO-listed Palacio de Bellas Artes without worrying about standing in its extremely long ticket lines. With this skip-the-line Folkloric Ballet admission ticket, you’ll bypass will call at the venue’s box office and have your tickets delivered right to your hotel or home before the show.
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Historic Downtown Walking Tour

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Discover Mexico City’s Historic Downtown – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – with our traditional Walking Tour. Visit the most emblematic places as the Metropolitan Cathedral, the ruins of the ancient Aztec city, the amazing Postal Office and Palacio de Bellas Artes. Learn about history, architecture and traditions. It will be interesting and fun. There’s so much to see and do in Mexico City and this tour covers lots of the highlights of the Centro Histórico. We believe that Travelling must be culture and lifestyle centered: you should be able to see what makes the city tick. See why everyone falls in love with Mexico! And we are LOCAL PEOPLE who happened to be CERTIFIED GUIDES. We know our stuff! Walk with us in an open-aired museum!
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Walking Tour - Impressive murals in Historical Center of Mexico City

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See Mexico City through its murals on this walking tour to four of the most impressive walls in the historical center of Mexico City. Follow your guide to mural locations including the National Palace and Palacio de Bellas Artes, and learn how the murals reflect Mexico’s history and culture at each.
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City Tour through Mexico City

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Folkloric Ballet in Mexico City

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The nightlife in Mexico City is second to none and provides an array of entertainment, but this show — the 'Best Dance Show of the World in Mexico' — is not to be missed. Watch a performance of the renowned Mexico City Folkloric Ballet (Ballet Folklorico). For three hours, you’ll be mesmerized by dance choreography from Mexico’s past and today, and you'll find the onstage energy and dancers in their vibrant costumes infectious. Hotel transport included.
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Travel to the past of Mexico CityCultural Tours

Travel to the past of Mexico City

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Join me on a walk through 700 years of Mexican history: from an ancient Aztec temple, to colonial era cathedrals, to the beautiful 1930s Palacio de Bellas Artes. Along the way, I will point out details and sites often bypassed but important to help you understand the culture and mind set of modern CDMX. I am more than happy to share my knowledge of both ancient history, to modern day hang outs…and give you as much fascinating trivia as you prefer. Let me guide you chronologically and physically, from Templo Mayor to Alameda park, with interesting stops in between– as fast or as slow as you want to walk.
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POR TENOCH Mexico City Downtown Bike Tour Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

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Witness the presentation of the world-famous Folkloric Ballet of Mexico as you would have never imagined. Recognized internationally for its presentations around the world, the folkloric ballet of Mexico was founded by Amalia Hernandez in 1952 and for six decades has been the emblematic set of the national folkloric ballet of this country. The ballet has made more than 100 international tours visiting more than 60 countries and more than 300 cities around the world and we have the right tickets for you.
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Mexico City Tour & Anthropology MuseumHalf-day Tours

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A great choice for first-time visitors to Mexico City, this tour mixes a variety of locales and activities to keep things interesting. First, visit the National Museum of Anthropology, the largest and most-visited museum in the country. Drive the Paseo de la Reforma to learn about the monuments that line its route, and visit several other important landmarks and locales. You’ll also taste a few Mexican sweets along the way.
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Walking tour in the historic downtown Mexico cityPrivate Sightseeing Tours

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Discover the history, architecture, and art of Mexico City on a private half-day walking tour of the vibrant city. See the National Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, Madero Street, and architectural gems such as the Palacio Postal (Main Post Office), Palacio de Mineria, and Palacio de Bellas Artes. Take in murals by Diego Rivera, learn about Tenochtitlan and the Templo Mayor, and hear insightful commentary about the Mexican capital.
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Mexico City and Teotihuacan Archaeological Site Day Trips

Mexico City and Teotihuacan Archaeological Site

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Combine Mexico City landmarks with ancient culture on a full-day tour that explores the historic center and Teotihuacan. You’ll see the sprawling main square and a series of murals by Diego Rivera, then continue to the temples and monuments of Teotihaucan, towering structures that awed the first European visitors. Climb the pyramids for sweeping views of the surrounding plains, and sip a glass of traditional pulque, with a local guide to share the fascinating stories behind each site.
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SPECIAL NIGHT LIFE Mexico City Light´s Bike TourBike & Mountain Bike Tours

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Experience the magic of Mexico City at night on this guided after-dark bike tour. See the capital’s notable architecture and ancient Aztec ruins illuminated as you travel through the historic center upon which the capital was built. With the help of a trained cycling team and the company of a small group, cruise safely along the tree-lined paths of Alameda Central and pedal past the gleaming towers of Avenida Reforma.
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Murals Walking Tour

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Mexico City's Historical Center IconsHalf-day Tours

Mexico City's Historical Center Icons

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We will take a walk around Mexico City's Historic Center to visit the most important and beautiful buildings. They will provide us with helpful examples for a better understanding of the history and evolution of the city.
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Essential Mexico City Culture: Fully-Customizable Day TourFull-day Tours

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See Mexico City the way you want to on this fully-customizable day-long private tour. Your dedicated guide takes up to four people around the city in an air-conditioned private vehicle, and you can pick the stops. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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Historic Center of Mexico City Walking Tour Half-day Tours

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Walk through the historic center of Mexico City discovering important streets and places that even the locals don't know and let yourself be surprised by the architectural gems of one of the most emblematic places in the history of Mexico. Discover safely with the companion of a certified local guide, anecdotes and curious facts that will make your trip a memorable cultural experience.
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Art and culture lovers can experience the sights, colors, and tastes of Mexico City’s Centro Historico on this private full-day walking tour. Home to more than 700 years of rich history, the UNESCO World Heritage Site lends itself well to walking: tick off top attractions such as the Murales de Diego Riviera and visit Templo Mayor and the National Palace of Fine Arts.
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A full day in Mexico City with a local: private & personalizedFull-day Tours

A full day in Mexico City with a local: private & personalized

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Join one of our friendly hosts as they help you discover Mexico City’s vibrant culture, diverse neighborhoods and ancient heritage. Explore the Centro Histórico and see the famous Palacio de Bellas Artes then hop off the beaten path and uncover obscure haunts that locals enjoy. You could also wander the quaint streets of Coyoacán or discover La Casa Azul (The Blue House), former home of revered Mexican artist and icon, Frida Kahlo. If you’re feeling peckish, you need only look to your nearest street food vendor (hello tacos!) Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You will also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
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Selfie Stop Tour + Museum of Anthropology of Mexico CityHalf-day Tours

Selfie Stop Tour + Museum of Anthropology of Mexico City

The shortest, fastest (Fast-Track), complete and necessary Tour in Mexico City and the National Museum of Anthropology where there are the most iconic pieces of pre-Columbian cultures such as the Mayan Aztec Calendar and the great Olmec head among thousands of pieces plus. It also includes a panoramic tour with Selfie-Stop option at the Independence Monument, the Palace of Fine Arts and the Hemicycle to Juarez.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 52 Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes) tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes) costs USD 30.00. Guided Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes) tours start around USD 30.00 per person. See all 52 Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes) tickets and tours on Viator.
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