National Palace (Palacio Nacional), Mexico City

(4.5/5 based on 2,400+ reviews on the web)
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.
Create a full Mexico City itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Mexico City

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Mexico City by other users

18 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM CANADA December, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM PERU October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 7 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM SPAIN June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 24 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM CANADA April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM SPAIN June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 23 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM CANADA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Mexico City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM SPAIN June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM INDIA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Mexico City BY A USER FROM CANADA April, culture, outdoors, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM BRAZIL October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • This is an excellent place to see HUGE Diego Rivera murals. The main mural covers an open two story staircase. There are smaller murals along the second story breezeway. Admission is free and the line...  more »
  • It is free access and occasionally there are pictorial exhibitions and functions of cinema. They can not access to all installations, since the military zone I is located in the same building and is guarded by soldiers. However, a quick visit is worth.
    View original
  • President's palace in the Zocalo in historic city center. Across the plaza from the Cathedral. Highlight is hiding inside around a monumental staircase and courtyard. It's Diego Rivera's finest murals...  more »
Google
  • Bonito lugar recomiendo que lo visiten
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The public entrance can be found on Moneda st. Outside there are guides that speak english and can enhance your visit for $25 US for a 2 hour guided tour. The Rivera mural here is a must see, as it encapsulates all of Mexican history, and is the perfect item for your guide to instruct you on.