This museum is located in a former monastery and has many historical connotations as a Franciscan site, a battle site of the actual battle of Churubusco between the USA and Mexico during the 1846-48 war and lastly as an aztec shrine. It is a treasure trove of history for all three and is split into two different levels, the downstairs housing the site’s artefacts as a monastery and the upstairs to memorabilia of the interventionist wars of the Mexican republic with the USA, France and Spain alongside that of the revolutionary war of 1910.
The exhibits include a wide range of weapons, cannons, maps, documents art works, carriages, flags, photographs, videos, sculptures to name but a few. Despite the extrinsic antiquity of the museum the innards are modern and the exhibits reflect the deep rooted patriotic history of the wars that shaped todays modern country. The exhibits are great and it’s a treasure trove of history. I think this is a great museum and the best part of it is that building itself is simply exquisite, old, tilting, terracotta tiled, slanting…it must have been built by a Mexican labourers who had been drinking too much Pulque!
Facilities-Toilets, locker room for rucksacks/bags as they are not allowed. No refreshment or lifts.
Language-Signs are all in Spanish with no audio guides in English available. English guides available if you pre-book.
Entry-48 pesos for non Mexicans (standard for Mexico City).
Opening times-9am to 6pm Tuesday to Sunday but closed on Monday.
Other information-You can’t use flash OR video. In addition when we visited the guardians stopped people from being photographed alongside ANY of the exhibits too…very odd. You also have to hand in some form of ID if you want to take photos.
No English assistance in any way. Unfortunately that means a loss of one star for me as this would have added so much more pleasure and knowledge to my visit. Another star is lost for having no cafe and harsh photo restrictions. A real pity as I so wanted to give this place at least a four star visit!
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