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National Museum of the Viceroyalty (Museo Nacional del Virreinato) is adjacent to the Church of San Francisco Xavier, within the restored monastery. It houses 3 centuries' worth of colonial and religious art. Highlights include rare 16th-century vestments and altar hangings, gold and repoussé silver monstrances from the 17th century and a painting of the Virgin attributed to 17th-century Spanish artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.

In addition to the priceless artworks there are many other colonial-era treasures, including weapons, armor, porcelain and ceramic figures, furniture, glassware, musical instruments and sculptures created from sugar cane paste.

Pastorelas, traditional re-enactments of Christ's birth, are performed during the Christmas season. Travel agencies in Mexico City can arrange for reservations, which should be booked well in advance.

Food is available.

(includes church admission) 38 pesos (about $2 U.S.); free (ages 0-12 and 60+). There is a separate cost for the pastorela performances.
Tues.-Sun. 9-6.
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