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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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  • I had the same luck as a few others who have posted here in that I arrived at 3:45 PM, and Maximilian at the ticket window said he could put me on the 4 o’clock. The tour lasted an hour, and Max’s... 
    I had the same luck as a few others who have posted here in that I arrived at 3:45 PM, and Maximilian at the ticket window said he could put me on the 4 o’clock. The tour lasted an hour, and Max’s...  more »
  • We arrived at the ticket office at 9:45. Waited in a long line. We were able to take join the 10:30 am tour. We didn’t have any reservation. The tour was great. The bonus is its free. Our guide... 
    We arrived at the ticket office at 9:45. Waited in a long line. We were able to take join the 10:30 am tour. We didn’t have any reservation. The tour was great. The bonus is its free. Our guide...  more »
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  • I had a wonderful afternoon here looking at the Diego Rivera murals so craftily displaying the history of Mexico from Pre-Colombian times. Our guide, Angelica, was one of the best guides I’ve ever had. She knew everything, answered every question with patience, kept a great pace, was lovely, intelligent, and interesting. The murals themselves are among the best works of art in the entire world, in my opinion. This place should not be missed. Logistically, make sure to make a reservation in advance, they only allow people in in groups of 15 on guided tours a few times a day. I got lucky and somehow got in on a cancellation on a Spanish speaking tour but the English ones were all full. My only criticism is that they don’t allow videos at all. Not even with iPhone. I would love to go back and make some nice videos of these stunning murals to share with others who may never make it here. Maybe they can offer a video tour for a fee? I wouldn’t mind paying it. Anyway, don’t miss this place!!!
  • 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.

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