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Palacio de Bellas Artes
Vacation Travel Guide

Mexico City’s historic arts center showcases art nouveau architecture, murals, and performances of ballet, opera and classical music.

The Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes) is Mexico City’s premier arts institution and one of its architectural landmarks. This palace was built in 1934 in the art nouveau style, with large domes and marble columns. Inside, the main hall is a cavernous space, filled with natural light from the glass dome above. Find three upper levels devoted to art, including works by famous Mexican muralists. At night, see a show at the palace’s theater, which hosts world-class opera, folk and classical music.

The palace’s main hall and three upper levels are devoted to Mexican art. In the main hall, see sculptured masks of Mayan gods. The first floor features murals by Rufino Tamayo. See his artwork Nacimiento de la Nacionalidad (Birth of the Nationality), which is dedicated to Mexican people of mixed ancestry. The palace’s best-known mural is El Hombre En El Cruce de Caminos, (Man at the Crossroads) by Diego Rivera. It was intended for the Rockefeller Center in New York City in the 1930s but it was rejected because of its strong communist themes.

The art deco theater hosts Mexican and foreign operas as well as performances of classical music, ballet and Mexican folk music. Check ahead of your visit for program details and ticket prices. The palace theater’s is famous for its stage curtain. The curtain was made by Tiffany’s in New York and consists of nearly a million pieces of stained glass. It includes a mural depicting the Valley of Mexico and its two volcanoes. Free guided tours to see the stage curtain are held daily during opening hours.

The Palace of Fine Arts is located in Mexico City’s Historic Center. It’s easy to reach on foot, taxi or the city’s metro system. There are many restaurants and cafés within walking distance. Allow one to two hours to explore the palace, which is free to enter and open Tuesday through Sunday.

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Barceló México Reforma
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The price is NT$1,874 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24

Located in Reforma, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Teatro Metropólitan, Palacio de Bellas Artes, and Reforma 222. Zocalo and U.S. Embassy are also ...

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Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico
Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico
4.5 out of 5
Av. 16 de Septiembre #82, Col. Centro, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$2,774 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20

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Zocalo Central Mexico City
Zocalo Central Mexico City
4 out of 5
Cinco de Mayo 61, Centro Historico, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$2,687 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20

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Reviews of Palacio de Bellas Artes

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 18, 2020

Go on Sundays since admission is free then! :)

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 10, 2020

Great Murals

5/5 - Excellent

Rosy

Aug 13, 2019

I you love dance, you can't miss the Ballet Folklorico of Emilia Hernandez in the BEAUTIFUL Palacio de Bellas Artes. They also have art exhibitions during the day. With wonderful murals from the top three muralist of Mexico.

3/5 - Okay

PatScan

Aug 11, 2019

Beautiful building, only went to lobby.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 5, 2019

We went to the Wednesday night performance of the National Ballet Folklorico. It was magnificent! My seven-year old couldn't take his eyes off the stage and talked about the performance for days.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 11, 2019

This is only 31/2 blocks from hotel, you can see the Palace from hotel

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Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico
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4.5 out of 5
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The price is NT$2,802 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
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3.5 out of 5
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