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My Mexico City Guide 3

Destination(s): Mexico City

Castillo de Chapultepec

Castillo de Chapultepec

  • Bosque de Chapultepec 1a Sección
  • Colonia Chapultepec
  • tel:+52 (55) 5241 3100
  • Mexico City, 11560
Museo Rufino Tamayo

Museo Rufino Tamayo

  • Paseo de la Reforma y Gandhi
  • (Colonia Chapultepec Polanco)
  • tel:+52 55 5286 6519
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 11580

Infamous Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo managed to amass an impressive collection of art which includes some of the masters of the modern art world. In 1979 he began construction of a museum to house his gems as well as visiting exhibitions. The result, The Museo Rufino Tamayo is an architectonic feat (by architects Teodoro González de León and Abraham Zabludovsky) with nine exhibition rooms, a central patio, and some of the most innovative artworks in Latin America and the world. Definitely worth a visit. read more about Museo Rufino Tamayo

Lago del Bosque de Chapultepec

Lago del Bosque de Chapultepec

  • Avenida Paseo de la Reforma s/n
  • Primera Sección del Bosque de Chapultepec
  • Mexico City, 11560
Casa Portuguesa

Casa Portuguesa

  • Emilio Castelar 121 K
  • Colonia Polanco
  • tel:52 5 281 0075
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 11560
Museo de Arte Moderno

Museo de Arte Moderno

  • Gran Avenida
  • Bosque de Chapultepec
  • tel:+52 5 553 6233
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 11560
Papalote Museo del Niño

Papalote Museo del Niño

  • Av. de los Constituyentes 268
  • Bosque de Chapultepec
  • tel:+52 5 237 1714
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 11560

The Papalote Museo del Nino opened it's dors in 1993 in Chapultepec park. If you are travelling with children, this is one place they will absolutely enjoy visiting. It is privately funded and is continuously expanding having added an IMAX theatre, a digital dome and galleries with exhibits chosen with the idea of teaching children about the world they live in.

Children will have an opportunity to learn about science, art, sports, technology, the environment, history, etc. through interactive and fun expertly designed exhibits. You can easily spend three or four hours or more if you go and see one of the films at the theatre, sometimes 3D but always fun and informative. I have seen films about underwater exploration, butterflies, Arabia and the history of Mexico.

One of my favorite times was a temporary exhibit that allowed you to experience what it means to be blind and depend on your other senses to live a normal life. The emphasis of this museum is on having children interact so that they learn by doing. I have been to many children's museums in different parts of the world and this is without a doubt one of the best I've seen.
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Anthropology Museum (Museo de Antropologia)

Anthropology Museum (Museo de Antropologia)

  • Paseo de la Reforma y Calzada Ghandi
  • Colonia Polanco Chapultepec
  • tel:5286 5195
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 11560

If you have time for only one museum during your stay in Mexico City, this is the one. It was inaugurated in 1964 and it contains two dozen individual areas each one dedicated to a particular culture that inhabited Mexico for any length of time before the arrival of the Spaniards.

The largest exhibit areas are dedicated to the Aztecs, Mayas, Toltecas and Olmecas and they all contain original artifacts and works of art that have been found during the ongoing excavations in the hundreds of live archaeological sites. Before you enter you will see a huge statue of Tlaloc, the God of rain and once inside and holding center stage the commonly known Calendar of the Sun.

There are guided tours and also pre-recorded guides that you can rent for a nominal fee. There is a restaurant and a coffee shop as well as a gift shop with plenty of books and souvenirs. It is practically impossible to see all the exhibits in one day so choose the ones that interest you the most and spend quality time there.
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Monumento a los Niños Héroes

Monumento a los Niños Héroes

  • Bosque de Chapultepec
  • Chapultepec Polanco
  • tel:+52 55 5512 8977(Tourist Information)
  • Mexico City, 11560
El Arlequin

El Arlequin

  • Rio Nilo 42
  • Ciudad De Mexico

When you eat at El Arlequin (The Harlequin or Buffon) you are immediately transported to France. This is a small  restaurant run by it's owner, Dominique who prepares different specialties every day, although his onion soup and blue cheese beef medallions are always delicious and always on the menu. It is located a few blocks from the US embassy and Reforma Avenue, it has about ten or twelve tightly squeezed tables usually filled by locals that work at one of the many office buildings nearby making it feel like one big party.. Their wine selection is quite good and is personally chosen by Dominique who keeps his client's tastes and budgets in mind. The menu is not very large but it is carefully selected and includes salads, soups, fish, beef and chicken dishes in the $10 to $15 range.
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