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National Palace, Mexico City

4.6
#7 of 79 in Historic Sites in Mexico City
Government Building · Architectural Building
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Absorb the impressive architecture of National Palace, a government building erected on the site of the previous Aztec residence of Montezuma II, and built using materials salvaged from the ancient ruins. At the home of the federal treasury and national archives, you can admire beautiful architecture and courtyards (one of which is used to for state banquets) and enjoy amazing murals by Diego Rivera. Note that large bags must be kept in lockers on entry. Consider touring the building with a guide to enhance your understanding of its history. Plan to see National Palace and other attractions that appeal to you using our Mexico City route builder app.
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  • Followed instructions to get tix (from Trip Advisor post). Made a special trip as I understood you needed to make reservations in advance. No availability for two weeks. Very disappointed. 
    Followed instructions to get tix (from Trip Advisor post). Made a special trip as I understood you needed to make reservations in advance. No availability for two weeks. Very disappointed.  more »
  • Attempted to see the National Palace twice. The first time the palace was closed because a protest was happening in Mexico City. The next day we were told that we would have to make a reservation in.....  more
    Attempted to see the National Palace twice. The first time the palace was closed because a protest was happening in Mexico City. The next day we were told that we would have to make a reservation in.....  more »
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  • Beautiful palace, but I was unable to visit it during my time in Mexico City as I learned that tickets have to be reserved online from a week to a day in advance, and then collected in-person from the security desk on the day of your visit. Only a limited number of visitors are granted admission each day, so reserve early! This information was not displayed on the monument website at the time of my visit, but hopefully this review will be of benefit to future visitors.
  • Be careful, the entry is effectively limited to some organised tours for international tourists now. If you do not want to join those paying extra and want to go independent, you need to apply for entry on the official website by sending a form (or send an email). The official tourist info person said "if you are lucky, you might be granted a visit on the same day, but it is not promised.". It is better to prepare well in advance :(

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