Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City

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Admire works from Mexican and international artists at Palacio de Bellas Artes. Construction on the domed palace begun in 1905, using art nouveau and neoclassical architectural styles, but was it delayed by sinking foundations and a political uprising. When the building was finally completed in the 1930s, a touch of art nouveau influence added to the melange of styles. Immerse yourself in Mexican fine culture at the impressive palace, which today houses several museums and galleries, as well as a theater. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Mexico City holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Palacio de Bellas Artes and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • A grand theater in the heart of CDMX. From the outside it looks impressive, grandiose, elegant and sumptuous with it's classic facade. Once inside it looks Art Deco Lobby. Still beautiful but a little...  more »
  • The Palace, although from outside to inside is more art level, in all the details in art deco style. A must for every art deco lover! A long row to buy tickets; Maybe that can be done better in advance over the internet
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  • It is always a pleasure to visit him, he always finds something new one. One can find exhibitions, concerts, library, a magnificent restaurant, souvenirs, contemplate pure building already is delight to admire.
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  • One if not the most beautiful building in Mexico, just to walk in and seeing it from the inside is an experience. Take the time to visit this place and take some cool photos it is totally worth it. If it is season attend to a concert or gallery. Also a cool plus the cafeteria is really nice and not that expensive. Cool for a intellectual date.
  • Stand outside and check out the cool bldg facades. Then head inside and appreciate the interior design. Then pay the entrance fee and check out the actual art. Definitely worth the 80 pesos/5 US. Make sure to get up to the third floor for the murals.
  • One of the most beautiful buildings in all of Mexico. Unless you have tickets to a show the next best way to visit the building is buying tickets for the museum, which gives you access to the most of the building, but not the concert hall. On the second floor there is a marvelous collection of several murals by Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente, and Alfaro Siqueiros probably the 3 most famous Mexican painters. We tagged along on an interesting and informative free tour the museum provides, which helps bring the context and meanings behind the murals to life. Even without a tour I think the murals would still be stunning in their own right. Note: Google currently list the closing hour as 5 pm, but as of January 2, 2018 it was actually 6 pm with the ticket office closing at 5:45 pm.
  • Impressive Deco building. Excellent Rivera murals. Red pigment exhibit is good although included art is not the best. Life-size photo-op in Van Gogh bedroom is nice touch.
  • Security inside is obnoxiusly stupid. You can't even tap your pockets or they will start saying "photos are forbidden". Also, they're quite rude with non-Spanish speakers. The ushers inside the theatre are obnoxious too, speaking right before the performance starts, reminding you over and over again that photos are forbidden, along with taking water and food inside the main concert hall. People at the ticket booths are quite rude too. Nobody speaks another language but Spanish. The performances here are always quite mediocre or bad. Spend your money elsewhere if you're visiting Mexico City.

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Head straight to the trendy neighborhoods of Roma or La Condesa if you're looking for an artsy atmosphere--you can find design-conscious hostels and boutique hotels nestled among the many bars, restaurants, cafes, and galleries. For easy access to the city's most beautiful architecture, you can't beat staying in the historical center, although the neighborhood's UNESCO-listing means you'll only find smaller, old-fashioned options there. You can also indulge in a few luxury nights in the fancy Polanco district, or look for a more budget-friendly option in the popular Zona Rosa.
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