Virtual museums in Mexico that you can visit right now

Currently, thanks to the internet and technology, we can visit various important museums throughout Mexico without the need to leave our homes.

Virtual art museum tours in Mexico. Image: Instituto Nacional de Antropologia
Virtual art museum tours in Mexico. Image: Instituto Nacional de Antropologia

Museums are an important tool in the process of the democratization of knowledge, culture, and art, since they contribute to cultural exchange thanks to their valuable exhibitions, pedagogical work, closeness and direct interpellation that these tasks have with visitors.

This can favor the understanding and knowledge of various cultural, political and artistic aspects that develop in different societies that at first sight may seem foreign to us.

The role of museums not only focuses on conservation and research but through their tasks of exhibition and communication contribute to the transformation of reality of the communities, they establish a permanent dialogue about what society was, is and It may be in the future.

Museum of the Palace of Fine Arts

It was inaugurated in 1934 with the name of the Museum of Plastic Arts, it is considered the first museum in Mexico

Currently, the Museum of the Palace of Fine Arts permanently exhibits 17 mural works by Diego Rivera, Manuel Rodríguez Lozano, Roberto Montenegro, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Rufino Tamayo and Jorge González Camarena dating from 1928 to 1963; It also has a large program of temporary exhibitions and various activities for all audiences 

Museum of Modern Art

It was founded in 1964 on the initiative of President Adolfo López Mateos with the aim of preserving and disseminating Mexican art from the 1930s. The Museum has 4 rooms and three galleries, and among its collection are pieces by artists such as Frida. Kahlo, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Emir Jair, Roberto Montenegro, José Clemente Orozco, Louis Henri Jean Charlot, Juan Soriano, Juan O'Gorman, Diego Rivera, among others. 

Mayan People's Museum

Located in the middle of the jungle, this museum was built with the goal of showing the development of the Mayan culture from pre-Hispanic times to the present.

The building, designed by the architect Fernando González Gortázar, was conceived as a disjointed set among the jungle that has respect for nature as the axis of its design. It is conformed by four rooms: Pergola of the monoliths, Mayan Archeology, History, and Solar Mayan.

The museum exhibits monolithic prehispanic sculptures of Yucatan, Campeche and Quintana Roo, as well as ceramic and architectural elements that give an account of the history and worldview of this town. 

Museum of North Cultures

In 1996, this enclosure, designed by the architect Mario Shetjnan, opened its doors to show its collection, which houses one of the most beautiful archaeological collections of Ancient Mexico. This collection was recovered from the excavations of Paquimé and other archaeological sites of the region known as the Great Chichimeca (North of Mexico and Southwest of the United States).

The museum, located in Chihuahua, was declared a Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 1998 because it preserves unique pieces of its kind. 

Templo Mayor Museum

It was inaugurated in 1987 to expose the vestiges of the Mexica culture from pre-Hispanic to colonial times. The museum houses more than 14,000 objects found in excavations carried out between 1978 and 1982 on the site where the main temple of the Mexica people was located.

The museum has 8 rooms that exhibit objects from more than 110 offerings discovered in the temple; two of the rooms are dedicated specifically to Tlaloc and Huitzilopochtli, deities to which the Templo Mayor was dedicated.

Source: INAH

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