- The Museo Nacional de Culturas Populares displays an ever-changing view of México's popular and indigenous culture. Founded in 1982, this Coyoacán museum is a complex of exhibition halls and patios where rural and urban voices mix together to celebrate the Mexican way of life. One wall of the entrance courtyard is decorated with a 16-foot tall ceramic tree, depicting 500 years of national heroes, native plants, and the Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanos. There is always something unexpected and fascinating to be enjoyed at the museum's Quinta Margarita, or in the Jacaranda and Central Patios where themed temporary exhibits or fine crafts draw repeat visitors. Weekly performances of authentic regional music and dance, children's art workshops, and CD release parties contribute to the museum's popularity. Its Center for Information and Documentation contains 170,000 historical photos, newspapers, books, recordings, and videos. Museo Frida Kahlo and Plaza Central are near the museum.
How to Get There: Métro: Line 3, Viveros Station. From Plaza Central walk 2 blocks east on Av. Hidalgo.
Hours of Operation: Tuesday through Thursday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Friday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Admission: MX$11/US$1.10. Free daily to children under twelve and senior citizens above 60, the disabled, and students and teachers with proper identification. Sundays, free to all
Parking: Limited street parking
Services: Restrooms, temporary exhibitions
Additional information: Handicap accessible. Backpacks and large bags must be checked.
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