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“Great building”

Museo Nacional de las Intervenciones
Ranked #112 of 528 things to do in Mexico City
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Owner description: This museum features exhibits on the history of military conquests by foreign nations in Mexico.
Reviewed 8 August 2011

Although the museum itself is not very impressive, the building is. Mexico has had for many decades after its revolution this wonderful idea of transforming ancient convents and monasteries in museums. Mexico City is full of them, well maintained, beautiful places to walk and wonder around with great tranquility. The Museo Nacional de las Intervenciones is one of such places, so well located in Coyoacan, that the whole neighborhood is an extension of it, with many other places to visit. Like any other museum in Mexico, Sundays are free, which is something many other museums in the world should learn.

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Reviewed 31 July 2011

...and worth bringing along a friend to read the exhibit labels in Spanish, if need be. I try to visit this gem of a museum every time I'm in Mexico City, as it's easy to get to via the Metro (Anaya stop), and its serene setting (ironic counterpoint to some of the gruesome historic events brought alive here) always provides a breather during a hectic schedule of business/social commitments and sightseeing. Also near the fine Popular Arts museum in Coyocan and quite near the sights of San Ángel. Here is a link for the Interventions Museum in ENGLISH:
http://www.inah.gob.mx/index.php/museums/74-distrito-federal/124-national-museum-of-interventions

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Reviewed 12 May 2010

This museum is actually three attractions in one - it's a beautiful ancient monastery, a fascinating museum and the site of the Battle of Churubusco.

Based in Coyoacan in the south of the city, it is surrounded by high stone walls. First you tour the monastery. You see the huge kitchens, the vast kiln with blackened sides, the long dining hall and the spartan cells where the monks slept.

Upstairs houses the Interventions Museum which is an interesting but ultimately frustrating experience. It deals with the decades of foreign invasion and interference by France, the US and Spanish in the 19th century. Incredible if you didn't know the story, is the map showing how the US took 55% of Mexican territory in 1847 - six whole states including California and Texas!

What's frustrating is none of it is in English - wouldn't this be a good idea considering it's about the shared history of the US and Mexico? - a lot of it is badly lit so hard to read, and some exhibits are badly curated, with incomplete labelling.

However, there is still much to see, albeit it needs some TLC, not least you can learn about the St Patrick's Battalion, mainly Irish soldiers who deserted from the US Army to fight for the Mexicans, and look at the artefacts (including Benito Juarez's carriage) the flags, treaties, documents and photos, and the beautiful gardens and architecture of the monastery.
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