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Museo Casa Chihuahua, Chihuahua

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The Museo de la Lealtad Republicana, also known as the Museo Casa Juárez, is a 19th-century building in the city centre of Chihuahua, Chih., Mexico. It housed the constitutional government of President Benito Juárez during his stay in Chihuahua while Maximillian of Habsburg reigned as Emperor of Mexico, supported by the French, and was thus the de facto National Palace of Mexico.HistoryIn 1826 the location was purchased by the state government to serve as the Palace of Government, a role it fulfilled until the new impressive palace was inaugurated in 1892. On October 12, 1864, President Benito Juárez, fleeing from the French invasion, finally arrived in the city where he decided to establish his government-in-exile.Juárez lived in and ran the constitutional government from the palace through December 1866. He left Chihuahua when the French forces and the Second Mexican Empire had been almost totally defeated. After that the building reverted to being the Government Palace for the state administration. However, when the new palace was constructed a few blocks away, the Casa Juárez was turned into an educational institution, first as the Escuela Municipal Nro 3 for girls, then redesignated as Escuela Oficial Nro 140, and finally renamed Escuela Benito Juárez, a name it retained from 1926 to 1967, when it was closed.It wasn't until 1972, during the observance of the centenary of the death of Benito Juárez, that the authorities decided to turn the building into a museum. Many objects and furniture original to the house had been lost long since; however, the state government was, over the years during the planning stage, able to recover original furnishings as well as period pieces similar to those that Juárez had used. In 2000 the restoration was finally complete and the renamed Museo de la Lealtad Republicana was opened to the public.
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  • An absolutely great little museum that you just can't miss when in Chihuahua. A must when in town, just be careful with the photo restrictions. It's military property and there are certain rules with ...  more »
  • This museum has been modernized inside and has terrific permanent and short-term exhibits. The cell in which Father Hidalgo was held has a dramatic movie of his last days cast up on the wall as you st...  more »
  • I was part of a tour given by the curator. It was fantastic. It included a wonderful overview of the history of the city and state of Chihuahua. This included a very interesting display of some of the...  more »
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  • Old building of post office, today cultural House, here lies the Dungeon where he remained prisoner Don Miguel Hidalgo, prior to his execution, there are also exhibitions of works of art
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  • Obligatory stop in the city. A complete sample of the States.
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  • Very beautiful place
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  • Very interesting museum about the history of the State of Chihuahua. They offer discounts to students.
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  • Very interesting
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