National Palace (Palacio Nacional), Mexico City

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Government Building
Absorb the impressive architecture of National Palace (Palacio Nacional), a government building erected on the site of the previous Aztec residence of Montezuma II, and built using materials salvaged from the ancient ruins. At the home of the federal treasury and national archives, you can admire beautiful architecture and courtyards (one of which is used to for state banquets) and enjoy amazing murals by Diego Rivera. Note that large bags must be kept in lockers on entry. Consider touring the building with a guide to enhance your understanding of its history. Put National Palace (Palacio Nacional) into our Mexico City tourist route planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Remember to bring your passport and line up half an hour for entry. Optional to hire a guide to know the story.  more »
  • The National Palace is one of the most iconic sites in Mexico City, it is a colonial building that represents one of the most important eras of Mexican History. To get in you only need to have an ID a...  more »
  • Located facing the Zocalo. Block long palace houses offices for the President. Interesting colonial architecture and a botanical display in the courtyard. The feature attraction are the Diego Rivera m...  more »
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  • For a place that is free to enter and walk around in, this is an incredible spot to visit. You can see a lot of Diego Rivera murals that depict some of the most monumental moments of Mexican history. Their gift shop is absolute gold as well! With everything from historical books to local artisan crafts, it's perfect for gifts.
  • Definitely a must-see when you're in Mexico City - the Diego Rivera murals, the architecture and the overall historical significance are well worth the trip. There are usually bilingual tour guides, and the going rate (as of October 2015) is 200 pesos/tour, which is really reasonable. You'll want a tour guide to walk you through the murals, as well as all of the myriad historical details scattered throughout the palace.
  • This beautiful structure has an old European/Spanish style and although it generally has big lines to enter it is worth the wait. Having the opportunity of seeing the Diego Rivera murals alone it is worth the wait. Wonderful internal courtyards and gardens.
  • Loved it! Be sure to bring your ID to leave with the guards to get in. Don't be in a hurry because you can spend hours enjoying and studying his amazing work.
  • Wonderful Rivera murals, as others have mentioned. Really enjoyed the exhibit on Mexican masks, as well as the immersive multimedia presentation on Mexico's 33 world heritage sites (30 mins, timed entry). Everything is free.