Palace of Fine Arts, Mexico City

Palace of Fine Arts, Mexico City: Our most recommended tours and activities

Mexico City: Palaces & Historical Buildings Walking Tour

1. Mexico City: Palaces & Historical Buildings Walking Tour

Explore some of Mexico's most beautiful and historically significant buildings on this walking tour that visits the Museo Nacional de Artes, the National Bank of Mexico, Palacio de Correos de Mexico, and Palacio de Bellas Artes. Begin the tour with hotel pickup in Mexico City, and travel first to the Museo Nacional de Arts, with its extensive collection of artwork from the second half of the sixteenth to the first part of the twentieth century. Admire the historical center of the city where the museum is located while moving on to the next stop, the National Bank of Mexico. See the heart of the financial well-being of Mexico, and gain insight into the national economy. Finish exploring the birthplace of the Peso, and move on to the Palacio de Correos de Mexico. Gaze at the magnificent architecture of the building with its unique style, influenced by a number of architectural styles. Decide for yourself which style influences the building the most, as scholars argue Art Nouveau, Moorish, Venetian Gothic Revival, or Baroque, while others argue it is Neoclassical, but regardless, the gold-plated interior is magnificent. Move on to the Palacio de Bellas Artes, the palace that is the center of artistic and cultural activities in Mexico and one of the most prominent buildings in the country. Be amazed by the white marble palace and the murals on the top floors. End the tour at the Palacio de Bellas Artes and relax as you are returned to your hotel or accommodation in Mexico City to finish up the tour.

Mexico City: Mexican Folklore Ballet

2. Mexico City: Mexican Folklore Ballet

This is hands down, one of the best shows in the city. The Mexican Folklore Ballet is a must-see show built around the folk dances and traditional costumes of Mexico. This internationally acclaimed troupe performs on Wednesdays at the Hidalgo Theater or the Anthropology Museum. (Due to Restoration to the Fine Arts Palace, **Seats not assigned**) Experience the México of yesterday and today through beautiful song and dance born from the ruins built by its black braided natives… screams, songs, silence, weeping, and laughter. You’ll be taken on a journey to each unique region of our country as expressed through dance. This beautiful performance delivers all the vivacity of the most colorful Mexican Fiesta!

Mexico City: City at Night Walking tour

3. Mexico City: City at Night Walking tour

Explore the sights in Mexico city on this nighttime walking tour. Head through the historical old town to view landmarks as they are lit for the night like the Casa de los Azulejos, a Franciscan and the Zócalo hotel. Meet your guide at the Fine Arts Palace which is considered the most important cultural venue in Mexico City. Stroll to the Palacio de Correos to see the Neoclassical architecture of this post office. Go down to the Madero pedestrian street through the historical center. Learn about the historical center of city as you listen to stories and hear facinating information about buildings like the Casa de los Azulejos or the old Franciscan convent. Look up at the neocolonial style of the Zócalo hotel. Continue on past the official residence for the President of Mexico at the National Palace. Walk by the UNESCO World Heritage Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral and view the Templo Mayor ruins that were once the main temple of the Mexica people. Finish your tour at the Torre Latinoamericana, a 44-floor skyscraper inspired by the Empire State of New York, which has a viewpoint on the top floor. Select a tour with tickets to this viewpoint, or the option without tickets to this viewpoint.

Mexico City: Private City Tour and Anthropology Museum Visit

4. Mexico City: Private City Tour and Anthropology Museum Visit

Explore the rich culture and history of the Historic Center with a guided tour of its best attractions and monuments, then admire Mexico's pre-Columbian heritage with a visit to the National Museum of Anthropology. Your tour begins at the National Museum of Anthropology, located in the Bosque de Chapultepec, a large urban park. Explore the museum's Sala Mexica to see artifacts from the pre-Hispanic Mayan civilizations, learn about the mythology, ways of life and customs of the different regions and cultures of Mexico. See a massive basalt Aztec calendar, a reconstruction of a Mayan tomb, and a replica of Moctezuma's feathered headdress. We will visit El Zócalo, also known as the Plaza de la Constitución, it was named in honor of the Constitution of Cádiz enacted in 1812, we will see panoramically the National Palace, the seat of the Federal Executive Power of Mexico. Located to the east of the Plaza de la Constitución in the Historic Center of Mexico City, Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into the heavens of Mexico City is the seat of the Primate Archdiocese of Mexico and is located in the north side of the Plaza de la Constitución in the Historic Center of Mexico City, we will walk along Francisco I. Madero street is one of the main access roads to the Historic Center of Mexico City. The street begins from the Lázaro Cárdenas Central Axis, as a continuation of Juárez Avenue and runs from West to East, ending in the Plaza de la Constitución or Zócalo. This ceremonial center of ancient Tenochtitlan remains the heart of modern Mexico City. Admire the art nouveau style outside the Palacio de Bellas Artes, then head to the Palacio Nacional, a centuries-old building that was built on the grounds of what was once Moctezuma's residence. After walking and admiring the Historic Scepter we will go to our second stop National Museum of Anthropology is one of the most important museums in Mexico and America. It is designed to house and exhibit the archaeological legacy of the peoples of Mesoamerica, as well as to account for the current ethnic diversity of the country. The collection of the National Museum of Anthropology is made up of numerous archaeological and ethnographic pieces from all over Mexico. Some of the most emblematic pieces in the collection include the Stone of the Sun —which is the very heart of the museum—, the colossal heads of the Olmec culture, the monumental Teotihuacan sculptures dedicated to the gods of water, the tomb of Pakal, the funerary offerings from Monte Albán, the stelae from Xochicalco, as well as a Toltec Atlantean brought from Tollan-Xicocotitlan and the Tlaloc Monolith that guards the entrance to the museum.

Mexico City Tour and Xochimilco Canal Boat Ride

5. Mexico City Tour and Xochimilco Canal Boat Ride

Explore Mexico City and discover the history and cultural diversity of this city. Visit the National Palace, see the beautiful murals by Diego Rivera attract the crowds. Then, go to Constitution Square and admire the Metropolitan Cathedral. Head off the main avenues to Chapultepec Park, one of the most important residential areas of the city. Explore the Zona Rosa before going to the World Trade Center, Siqueiros Cultural Poly forum, and monumental Bull Ring.  Admire more Diego artwork at the Insurgentes Theater before going to the famous library at University City, entirely covered in mosaic murals by Juan O´Gorman.  See the Olympic Stadium and explore the residential area of Pedregal de San Angel. Then, make your way to the Xochimilco Canals, one of the last traces of the ancient Aztec era. Here, you will take a relaxing trip on a traditional pre-Hispanic boat.  Continue to colonial Coyoacan for a walk down Francisco Sosa Street to see the old houses from the 16th century. Visit the Conquistador Hernando Cortes and the beautiful paintings and altarpiece of the Church of St. John the Baptist.

Mexico City: Private Walking Tour Highlights & Hidden Gems

6. Mexico City: Private Walking Tour Highlights & Hidden Gems

Join a friendly local guide to get an authentic experience of vibrant Mexico City on a personalized tour of the city’s highlights and hidden gems. Marvel at the city’s history, culture, and fantastic food scene as you’re led down its lively and lesser-known streets. Start your experience in the artsy enclave of Roma, a chic area with a hipster edge and incredibly diverse food, culture and art scene. Explore the quirky combination of colorful colonial buildings, Art Nouveau architecture, vintage bookshops, and veggie restaurants. Stop off at Mercado Roma, a covered market featuring some of Mexico City’s most popular eateries, and see Mercado Cero, a trendy zero-waste market born in 2018. Make your way down the tree-lined streets to Condesa, a nirvana for art-lovers. Pass all-day street vendors selling fresh coconut juice and sweet pineapples as you head towards Parque México, a leafy urban oasis and one of the city’s prettiest gardens. Join hordes of locals browsing at the traditional La Merced Market just outside the city center. Wend your way through the oldest part of the city in the Cuauhtémoc borough. Get lost among shelves upon shelves of books in the huge Vasconcelos Library in San Rafael. Explore the Centro Histórico district, home to ancient Aztec landmarks embedded into the fabric of the modern city, and see iconic buildings like the 200-year-old Catedral Metropolitana and Palacio de Bellas Artes.

Mexico City: Anthropology Museum Tour

7. Mexico City: Anthropology Museum Tour

Join this tour and explore Mexico City with a live guide. Discover the rich history of this city, known as The City of the Gods. Start your trip with a pickup from your hotel. Sit back and enjoy the ride to the historical center of Mexico City, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage. Marvel at the countless monuments and the architectural style as you drive. Walk around the Central Plaza, and admire the Metropolitan Cathedral. Then, continue to Chapultepec Park, the second-largest city park in Latin America. Stroll around the park or enjoy a picnic by the idyllic lake if you like. Visit the National Museum of Anthropology, one of the top museums in the world. Discover a wonderful collection of art, artifacts, and history going back further than 4000 years.  Explore each section and be sure not to miss the iconic Aztec calendar stone. The museum is a must-visit when you are pretty sure it might even be the best museum you have ever visited in Mexico. After your visit, your tour will end. So jump in the car, reminisce about your day as you enjoy a ride back to your hotel. 

Mexico City: Downtown Instagram Walking Tour

8. Mexico City: Downtown Instagram Walking Tour

Discover four top attractions in downtown Mexico City on a walking tour dedicated to taking pictures for your Instagram account. Go to four famous, Instagrammable landmarks that will be your striking backdrops and learn about their rich history from your local guide. Head straight to your first location, the Palace of Fine Arts or the Palacio de Bellas Artes. Marvel at its Neoclassical and Art Nouveau architecture on the outside, and Art Deco look on the inside — perfect for photos. Learn how the building is most famous for its murals by the famed artist Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo’s notorious ex-husband, as well as being the country’s premier venue for the arts. Make your way to your next stop: the Metropolitan Cathedral, the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico. Located on top of the former sacred Aztec precinct, it was built in sections from 1573 to 1813 in the style of Spain’s Gothic masterpieces. Afterward, go to the National Palace at the city’s main square, the Plaza de la Constitución, El Zócalo. This site has been home to Mexico’s ruling class since the Aztec empire. In fact, much of the current building’s materials are from the original structure that belonged to Moctezuma II. Finally, head to Templo Mayor – the main temple of the Mexican people in their capital Tenochtitlan, modern-day Mexico City.We’ll then stop by Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico – a landmark Art Nouveau hotel steeped in old world elegance – before we stroll through one of the major lifelines of CDMX’s Downtown: Francisco I. Madero Avenue. Here you can simply absorb the ambiance as you browse through boutiques, bars, and cafes.

Mexico City: Exotic Food & Local Crafts Market Walking Tour

9. Mexico City: Exotic Food & Local Crafts Market Walking Tour

Get a taste of local life on a walking tour of Mexico City's famous markets. Try local delicacies, exotic dishes, and of course tacos at Mercado de San Juan. Shop for local handicrafts from over 350 vendors at Mercado La Ciudadela. Your market walking tour starts at the historic center of Mexico City to learn about the city's birthplace. Listen to your guide's captivating tales about sites such as Casa de Los Azulejos, the Zocalo, and the National Palace, among others. You haven’t visited Mexico if you haven’t eaten Mexican tacos. Visit a local taqueria also known as a taco restaurant to try a variety of tacos and glimpse Mexico's local flavor. The first market stop is Mercado de San Juan, the home of food lovers. One whiff of their exotic meats and fruits and your inner foodie will be drawn in like a bee to honey. One local delicacy on offer here is the chicatanas ants, are you feeling adventurous? Continue your walking tour at Mercado La Ciudadela, a particular favorite for artisans. This famous market is a one-stop shop for great local handicrafts, including Oaxacan textiles and alebrijes. The market is packed with more than 350 vendors, all selling goods from across the country. Finish your tour with a shot of tequila or mezcal to complete your authentic Mexican foodie experience.

Mexico City: City Highlights Walking Tour w/ Pulque Tasting

10. Mexico City: City Highlights Walking Tour w/ Pulque Tasting

Latin America’s biggest city is overflowing with incredible sights and unforgettable experiences. Discover the best of them and experience a slice of everyday life as you join a local guide to explore streets lined with pre-Hispanic, colonial and modern buildings. Beginning in the heart of Mexico City, our journey starts with a visit to Templo Mayor, a culturally significant site that was the centre of the Aztec world and where they chose to build their city. Explore the remains of the ancient city before visiting the nearby Metropolitan Cathedral, one of the most important buildings from the colonial period. Learn how native traditions and religion evolved over time. Next, it’s time to do as the locals do and hop aboard the metro and travel to the splendid Palace of Fine Arts. We’ll stop at a great spot for a coffee and snack and discuss the time of Porfirio Diaz and the Mexican Revolution. Continue with a beautiful walk through Alameda Central, the oldest park in Mexico, and head to our last stop for the day, an old pulqueria. Enjoy a glass of pulque, a traditional alcoholic drink consumed in Mexico for more than a thousand years. You’ll soon find out why this was considered the drink of the gods by the Aztecs!

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What people are saying about Palace of Fine Arts, Mexico City

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 37 reviews

Ernesto arrived promptly at our hotel to escort us on our three hour walking tour. He is courteous, friendly, and knowledgable. After asking about our interests he tailored our trip to our needs. His political science background made for interesting and historical commentary. We look forward to using his services again on our next trip. Gracias Ernesto!

Spectacular. My guide Ariushka took me through the most beautiful and interesting places in the Historic Center of Mexico City, while explaining the most important historical and cultural aspects. His kindness, patience and knowledge on the subject is remarkable. An unforgettable tour with many postcards to remember. Highly recommended.

Very good experience, knowing some places in the city and knowing its history, the guide was very kind and gave us very good recommendations to go to restaurants and some other places and in the end to be able to access the Latin American tower and see the sunset from the viewpoint It was spectacular.

EXCELENTE EXPERIENCIA, NUESTRO GUIA, LEONARDO, CONOCEDOR DE LA HISTORIA, FUE UN TIEMPO DEMASIADO BIEN APROVECHADO, UN MANEJO EXCELENTE DEL IDIOMA INGLES Y SIEMPRE ES Y SERA UN PLACER CONOCER LA HISTORIA DE MEXICO. MUY RECOMENDABLE Y LISTOS PARA PROGRAMAR EN EL FUTURO MAS RECORRIDOS

It was raining and yet, Alexa took us on the tour and showed us the interesting buildings and lanes of downtown Mexico City. Lots of local insights combined with the unpredictability of the rain- made the trip a memorable one. Well done!