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“Great museum...let down by certain things!”

Museo Nacional de las Intervenciones
Ranked #109 of 509 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.
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“Great museum...let down by certain things!”
Reviewed 3 March 2014

Summary
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!

Useful Information
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.

Cons
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!
3/5

Visited March 2014
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Mexico City, Mexico
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“Outstanding Overview of Mexico's Difficult Past”
Reviewed 10 September 2013

The museum is situated in Coyoacan in a former monastery that served as a base of operations for the Batalla de Churubusco on August 20, 1847-- you can see the cannons that were set up for the defense of Mexico City against the American invaders. France invaded Mexico twice in the 19th Century; the U.S. invaded in 1846-48 and again in 1914 and 1916. The displays are well selected-- just a few artifacts relate Mexico's history as a state, beginning with the declaration of the war for independence from Spain, the famous Grito celebrated each year on the eve of September 16. The explanations are presented in Spanish. Not as well-known as some of Mexico City's other museums, but this is well worth a visit. Plan to spend a day in Coyoacan-- there are several excellent museums here, and wonderful places to have lunch.

Visited August 2013
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Canton of Basel, Switzerland
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“relive old Mexico”
Reviewed 1 September 2012

not only a nice place - even empty it would be worth a visit. But it also happens to be filled with nice artefacts which are, likein all museums in Mexico, well presented. You need to be able to read Spanish, though, to grasp all explanations

Visited February 2012
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Mexico City, Mexico
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“Interesting, but.....”
Reviewed 9 July 2012

The place is nice, but the shown collection is very small, It is in the south and if you go from the north of Mexico City, it represents a too long drive for very few things to see.

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La Paz, Bolivia
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“Great building”
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.

Visited August 2011
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