University Museum of Contemporary Art (MUAC)
Known colloquially as the MUAC, Mexico City’s University Museum of Contemporary Art (Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo) brings together one of the largest public collections of contemporary work from Mexican artists in an architecturally noteworthy building. Over 14,000-square-feet (1,300-square-meters), explore permanent and temporary exhibits, grab lunch at the on-site café, and explore the surrounding UNAM campus it calls home.
Home to a collection of artwork dating from 1952 onwards—with a special focus on work produced post-1968—the Teodoro González de León–designed MUAC is intriguing both inside and out. A popular stop for art and architecture fans exploring the city independently, you can also explore the MUAC on guided tours of the Ciudad Universitaria campus, which often include stops in Xochimilco, Coyoacán, and more. Alternatively, pass by on a hop-on hop-off bus tour.
Things to Know Before You Go
Expect to spend around two hours enjoying the museum exhibits and surrounding grounds.
There’s an on-site book store, restaurant, and café, as well as free Wi-Fi, a bike rack, and audio guides at the MUAC.
Children under 12 always enter for free; they may need to provide proof of age.
Entry is half price on Wednesdays and Sundays.
The MUAC is wheelchair and stroller accessible.
How to Get There
Situated within the UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) campus in Coyoacán, the MUAC is easily accessible via public transportation. The closest Metrobus station is Centro Cultural Universitario, while the Universidad metro stop is also nearby. For those planning to arrive by private vehicle, there’s typically covered parking available close to the museum.
When to Get There
There’s no bad time to visit the MUAC, as it’s always hosting interesting temporary exhibits alongside its permanent collection. Wednesdays and Sundays tend to be particularly busy, as entry is half price for all, while Saturdays also see larger than usual crowds. Visit midweek for a quieter experience. The museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Other Mexico City Art Museums
Mexico City is an art lover’s dream destination, with almost as many museums as Paris. After admiring contemporary works at the MUAC, return to the central neighborhood of Roma to tour smaller, cutting-edge galleries. Then, head to Chapultepec Park, home to the Tamayo Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. The Frida Kahlo Museum in Coyoacán is another must, as is the Soumaya in Polanco.
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