Museum of Mexico City (Museo de la Ciudad de México) is 3 blks. s. of the Zócalo at Pino Suárez #30, near República del Salvador (M: Pino Suárez, line 2). The well-preserved building housing this museum was formerly the palace of the Counts of Santiago de Calimaya, descendants of conquistadores associated with Hernán Cortés. It features stone archways and two interior courtyards.
Exhibits survey the history, culture and people of both the ancient and modern city. An overhead catwalk looks down on displays re-creating daily life in the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, where canoes were the primary means of conveyance for people and goods, and show how present-day neighborhoods like Tacuba and Coyoacán looked back then.
There also are collections of 19th-century carriages, traditional costumes and Aztec sculptures, feather-adorned pieces and gold bracelets, Artwork includes murals and paintings by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.
A permanent display of black-and-white images showing gridlocked cars, turbulent political scenes, earthquake damage and a sea of humanity in the Zócalo dramatically evokes the day-to-day challenges of living in this enormous metropolis. Temporary rotating exhibits are presented regularly.
Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.