The most important museums in Guadalajara, Jalisco
These are the most important museums of Guadalajara in Jalisco. Get to know them and be fascinated by their history and collections.
These are the most important museums of Guadalajara in Jalisco. Get to know them and be impressed by their history and collections.
Government Palace Museum - It has eight different rooms. The highlights are "El Agave Azul" which shows the process of tequila and its history and the room of the Conquest, which tells the story of the indigenous groups that inhabited Guadalajara. Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm.
Cabañas Cultural Institute - Building designed by Manuel Tolsá and concluded in 1845 with a beautiful neoclassical style. The gigantic building is structured by long corridors, 23 patios, 2 chapels, and 106 rooms. In 1938 and 1939 the Mexican muralist José Clemente Orozco decorated its interior with a mural known as "El Hombre de Fuego" (The Man of Fire).
The building has a school of arts and crafts, exhibition halls, and a movie theater. In the exterior esplanade, there are two beautiful and enigmatic sculptural sets made in bronze titled " Hall of the Magicians" and "Universal Magicians" by Alejandro Colunga. The Hospicio Cabañas has been declared a World Heritage Site. Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.
Museum of Journalism and Graphic Arts (Casa de los Perros) - Neoclassical style building where the first printing press operated in the city in 1792. It is also known as the House of the Dogs, because of the statues that adorn the cornices of the building. It has a library, exhibitions of paintings, and information about the media and the history of journalism in Guadalajara. In addition, there is an interactive room that illustrates the evolution of writing. Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm.
City Museum - Located on an 18th-century farm, it exhibits objects and documents related to the historical, urban, ethnographic, and artistic developments of the city. Hours: Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 5:30 pm. Saturdays from 10 am to 5:30 pm; Sundays from 10 am to 2:30 pm.
House - López Portillo Museum - Eighteenth-century building with a baroque style façade. It exhibits European furniture and various antiques. Venue for concerts, conferences, and various exhibitions. Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm.
Museum of Popular Arts - It exhibits the popular art of Jalisco. It has four permanent exhibition rooms and two temporary ones. Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.
The Regional Museum of Guadalajara - Located in a building that was built between 1701 and 1758 with a beautiful baroque façade. It shows diverse archaeological and paleontological pieces, highlighting a mammoth skeleton. It also exhibits an impressive collection of paintings from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 9 am to 5:35 pm; Sunday from 9 am to 4:30 pm.
Museum of the Arts (Rectory of the University of Guadalajara) - French Renaissance-style building. It has 5 rooms of contemporary art and two murals of José Clemente Orozco. Outside in the plaza is a sundial commemorating the bicentennial of its founding. Hours: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday from 12 pm to 4 pm.
Museum of Wax and the Incredible - It exhibits more than 150 figures of famous characters with real scenery. Next to it is located the Museum of the Incredible which shows incredible and peculiar objects. Hours: Daily from 11 am to 8 pm.
Octavio Paz Iberoamerican Library - Located in what used to be a Jesuit temple from the XVI century. It hosts temporary exhibitions and other cultural events. Hours: Monday to Friday from 9 am to 9 pm. Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm.
Sister Cities Museum - Exhibits gifts from Guadalajara's sister cities. Hours: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 3 pm.
Museum of the History of Medicine - It is located in the Civil Hospital of Guadalajara which was originally part of the Belen cemetery complex. It has rooms dedicated to herbalism, audiovisuals of characters, photographs, paintings, sculptures, a library, and medical elements.
Museum of Archaeology of the West - Building dating from 1719 that housed a convent of Augustinian nuns, with an eclectic facade and an interior decorated in Art Nouveau style. It presents a collection of vestiges of the cultures that inhabited Jalisco, Colima, and Nayarit. Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.
Museum of Sacred Art of Guadalajara - It is located behind the Cathedral. It has an interesting collection of religious art that includes paintings, ornaments, votive offerings, and gold and silver work, among others. Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm.
Te Quiero Tequila - It is a gallery located in a house of the forties that exhibits on its second floor a gallery of Tequilas and the store; while on the second level is located the Room of Processes, the Route of Tequila, the Cellar, and the Room of Traditions and Folklore, among others. Hours: Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 9 pm.
Ex - Convent of Carmen - It was built in 1758. Now some of its rooms are used as auditoriums for cultural and social events and its patio is used as a stage for dances, plays, and galleries.
José Clemente Orozco House Workshop - Located in a 1940s house occupied by a famous artist. Presents exhibitions of drawings, lithographs, and photographs. Hours: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm.
Globo, Children's Museum of Guadalajara - Here children learn by interacting in workshops. Every three months the program of activities is renewed. Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. Fridays from 10 am to 7 pm.
Raúl Anguiano Museum - It presents the plastic work of the master Raúl Anguiano. It has an area dedicated to children that seek to awaken the love of art through workshops. Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm.
Museum of Paleontology of Guadalajara - Exhibits fossils found in the western region of Mexico. It is divided into seven sections and the exhibition is basically of Miocene, Pliocene, and Pleistocene mammals. Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm.
Children's Museum El Trompo Mágico - It has more than 150 interactive exhibits. Hours: Tuesday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm; Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 7 pm.
Air College of the Mexican Air Force - It is an interesting museum of the Mexican Air Force that offers a historical gallery and a room of model airplanes.
Army and Air Force Museum - It is housed in what used to be the "Red Barracks". The museum presents the history of the flag, as well as all the participants of the Mexican Air Force in missions in favor of the civilian population. Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.
Museum of Archaeology of Western Mexico - It is located in the area of Agua Azul Park and the building that houses it has a peculiar shape that resembles a truncated pyramid. In its five rooms, it presents a small but interesting collection of archaeological pieces of the cultures that inhabited Jalisco, Colima, and Nayarit. Hours: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 1:30 pm. Tuesday to Friday from 5 pm to 7 pm. Sunday from 10:am to 2 pm.
Institute of Jalisco Handicrafts - Located inside the Agua Azul Park. It offers an extensive range of handicrafts in the state. Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm; Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm.