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Your Essential Guide to ALL the Free Museums in Mexico City

I have struggled, oh man have I struggled, to find a full list of all the free museums in Mexico City (bear in mind that this is a capital with more than 150 museum options to choose from) and the closest I could get were on totally Spanish-language websites. Not ideal for non-Spanish speaking tourists eager to explore cultural Mexico City on a budget, right?

(If you do speak Spanish, here and here you can find two REALLY great websites, which were invaluable resources to me when I was putting together this guide to the free museums in Mexico City.)

With that in mind, and even though museums are somewhat of a pet travel hate of mine, I started the mammoth task of putting together a truly one-page, one-stop shop of Mexico City museum information for the eager traveller. I’m providing a public service, I know. What’s more, I’m pretty sure it’s the only guide of its kind, and therefore ideal for those of you who want to do Mexico City on a budget and avoid the expensive tourist traps – looking at you Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul.

Plus, it includes some of the best Mexico City museums ranging from the ultra-popular (Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes) to the uber-niche. Did you know, for example, that Mexico City has a Sugar Art Museum, and even an Animal Anatomical Pathology Museum?! (You can read more about the quirky, weird and wonderful museums of Mexico City here – COMING SOON).

Keep in mind that, as this is a guide for visitors to Mexico City rather than Mexicans and residents, I haven’t included info on things like best museums in Mexico City with free entry for residents, the retired, or teachers and students in Mexican institutions, of which there are plenty. There are also tons of free museums for children in Mexico City too, which I’ll likely put into a separate guide in the near future. I also haven’t provided the opening hours or address, but they can easily be found by clicking on the museum link that takes your fancy.

Disclaimer: All the information in this guide is taken from the website of each individual Mexico City museum, but, obviously, that can change from time to time, so double check before you visit and drop me a comment if there’s a museum I’ve missed off. All the below info was correct at the time of writing in June 2017.


If you want, you can jump to the section that’s right for you. Under each heading, the museums that fall into that category are listed alphabetically.

FREE ON: TUESDAYS / WEDNESDAYS / SUNDAYS / ALWAYS FREE


FREE ON TUESDAYS

There are only four Mexico City museums that are free on Tuesdays, including a hotspot for Frida and Diego’s artwork (Dolores Olmedo) and the fascinating Natural History Museum.

  1. Museo del Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso | $12.50-$45
  2. Museo Dolores Olmedo | $1-75
  3. Museo Franz Meyer | $25-$50
  • Only free for the permanent exhibitions.
  1. Museo de Historia Natural (Natural History Museum) | $11-$26
  • Always free for children under 3, people with disabilities and INAPAM with valid ID.

Click the button in the top left to see the full list of museums.


FREE ON WEDNESDAYS

There’s only one free museum in Mexico City on Wednesday – Museo Universitario del Chopo.

  1. Museo Universitario del Chopo | $15-$40

Click the button in the top left to see the full list of museums.


 FREE ON SUNDAYS

There are tons of free things to do in Mexico City on Sundays, and it’s also a pretty reliable day to get some museum visits in. Keep in mind that this is also the day when many Mexico City museums throw open their doors for free to Mexican nationals and residents, so they tend to be busier than normal.

  1. Fotomuseo Cuatro Caminos | $15-$30
  2. Laboratorio Arte Alameda | $30
  3. Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil | $45
  4. Museo de Arte Moderno (Modern Art Museum) | $60
  5. Museo de Arte Popular (Popular Art Museum) | $40
  • Always free for children under 13, people with disabilities, students, teachers and INAPAM with valid ID.
  1. Museo de El Carmen | $52
  • Always free for students, teachers and INAPAM with valid ID.
  1. Museo Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo | $30
  2. Museo José Luis Cuevas | $20
  • 50% discount for teachers and students with valid ID.
  1. Museo Jumex | $30-$50
  • Always free for children under 15 and INAPAM with valid ID, and teachers and students get 50% discount.
  1. Museo Mural Diego Rivera | $30
  2. Museo Nacional de Arquitectura (National Architecture Museum) | $45
  • Always free for students, teachers and INAPAM with valid ID.
  1. Museo Nacional de las Culturas Populares (National Popular Cultures Museum) | $13
  • Always free for children under 12, people with disabilities, students, teachers and INAPAM with valid ID.
  1. Museo Nacional de la Estampa (National Museum of Graphic Arts) | $45
  • Always free for children under 13, students, teachers and INAPAM with valid ID.
  1. Museo Nacional de Historia (National History Museum) | $51
  2. Museo Nacional de las Intervenciones (National Museum of Interventions) | $70
  3. Museo Nacional de San Carlos | $45
  4. Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts Museum) | $60
  5. Museo Rufino Tamayo | $60
  6. Museo de Sitio Tlatelolco | $30

Click the button in the top left to see the full list of museums.


 ALWAYS FREE

This is the section you’ve all been waiting for, clearly – the top museums in Mexico City that are ideal for the budget traveller, because they’re always free. Top always free museums in Mexico City picks include the underrated Casa del Lago in Bosque Chapultepec, the Claustro de Sor Juana (which also features on my literary tour of the historic centre) and UNAM’s Espacio Escultórico, to name but a few.

  1. Academia de San Carlos
  2. Altepepialcalli Museo Regional
  3. Casa de Cultura Alfonso Reyes
  4. Casa de Cultura Calmecac
  5. Casa del Lago (Lake House)
  6. Casa Lamm
  7. Casa Museo Benita Galeana
  8. Casa de la Primera Imprenta de América (House of the Frist Print Shop of the Americas)
  9. Centro Cultural de España 
  10. Centro de la Imagen (Image Centre) 
  11. Cerro del Judío (Mazatépetl) 
  12. Claustro de Sor Juana
  13. Espacio Escultórico (Sculpture Park)
  14. Ex Teresa Arte Actual
  15. Galería José María Velasco
  16. Herbario Medicinal del IMSS (IMSS’ Medicinal Herbarium)
  17. Herbario Nacional de México (National Herbarium of Mexico)
  18. Museo de Anatomía (Anatomy Museum)
  19. Mapoteca Manuel Orozco y Berra (Manuel Orozco y Berra Map Room)
  20. Museo de Anatomopatología Veterinaria Manuel H. Sarvide (Animal Anatomical Pathology Museum)
  21. Museo Archivo de la Fotografía (Photography Archive Museum)
  22. Museo de Arte en Azúcar (Sugar Art Museum)
  • By appointment only and payment is optional.
  1. Museo de Arte Regional (Regional Art Museum)
  2. Museo de Arte de la Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público (SHCP Art Museum)
  3. Museo de Caballería (Cavalry Museum)
  4. Museo Cabeza de Juárez (Juárez’s Head Museum)
  5. Museo del Calzado El Borceguí (El Borceguí Shoe Museum)
  6. Museo de la Cancillería (Chancery Museum)
  7. Museo Casa de la Memoria Indómita (
  8. Museo Casa del Risco/ Centro Cultural Isidro Fábela
  9. Museo del Centenario del Ejército Mexicano (Centenary of the Mexican Army Museum)
  10. Museo de la Charrería (Charrería Museum) 
  11. Museo Comunitario San Miguel Teotongo 
  12. Museo de las Constituciones de México (Museum of the Mexican Constitutions) 
  13. Museo Cuitláhuac
  14. Museo del Ejército y de la Fuerza Aérea (Army and Air Force Museum) 
  15. Museo Escuela Bancaria Comercial 
  16. Museo del Estanquillo
  17. Museo del Ex Convento de Culhuacán
  18. Museo Experimental El Eco
  19. Museo de los Ferrocarrileros (Railwayman Museum)
  20. Museo Fuego Nuevo 
  21. Museo de Historia de Tlalpan (Tlalpan History Museum)
  22. Museo Indígena (Indigenous Museum) 
  23. Museo del Instituto Cultural México Israel (Museum of the Mexico-Israel Cultural Institute)
  24. Museo Interactivo de la Policía Federal (Interactive Federal Police Museum)
  25. Museo Legislativo Sentimientos de la Nación (Legislative Museum)
  • Free with ID.
  1. Museo de Manga México (Manga Museum)
  2. Museo Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla 
  3. Museo Nacional de la Acuarela (National Watercolour Museum)
  4. Museo Nacional de la Cartografía (National Cartography Museum)
  5. Museo Nacional de las Cultura (National Culture Museum) 
  6. Museo Numismático Nacional (National Coin Museum) 
  7. Museo de Odontología Dr. Samuel Fastlicht (Odontology Museum)
  8. Museo Padre Pro
  9. Museo Parque Arqueológico Luis G. Urbina (Luis G. Urbina Archaeology Museum)
  10. Museo Pedro Infante (Pedro Infante Museum)
  11. Museo del Policía (Police Museum)
  12. Museo Postal (Postal Museum)
  13. Museo Príncipe Tlaltecatzin
  • Payment is optional.
  1. Museo de Sitio Arqueológico Hueytlilatl (Hueytlilatl Archaeological Museum)
  2. Museo de Sitio y de la Música Mexicana (Mexican Music Museum)
  3. Museo de Sitio de la SEP (SEP Museum)
  4. Museo Soumaya (Plaza Carso) 
  5. Museo Soumaya Plaza Loreto
  6. Museo del Tatuaje de México (Tattoo Museum)
  7. Museo Tecnológico de la Comisión Federal de Electricidad (MUTEC) (Electricity Museum)
  8. Museo de Tecpan 
  9. Museo del Telégrafo (Telegraph Museum)
  10. Museo Tómas Medina Villaruel 
  11. Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Artes (University Science and Arts Museum)
  12. Museo de la Zona Arqueológica Cuicuilco (Cuicuilco Archaeological Museum)
  13. Sala de Exposiciones de AICM Terminal 2 (Aeropuerto) 
  14. Salón de la Plástica Mexicana (Mexican Plastic Museum)
  15. Palacio de Cultural Banamex
  16. Palacio de la Escuela de la Medicina (School of Medicine Museum)
  • Free with ID.
  1. Pinacoteca de la Profesa (Profesa Art Gallery)
  • Voluntary donation.
  1. UAEM Casa de Cultura

Click the button in the top left to see the full list of museums.


1 comment

  1. Christie 26 June, 2017 at 13:28 Reply

    Wow, I had no idea there were this many museums in Mexico City, never mind this many free ones! So cool. I haven’t been to Mexico yet, but would love to visit, and Mexico City will definitely have to be one of the places I go!

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