How to visit the National Palace

Our experience at Palacio Nacional in Mexico City

On our visit to Palacio Nacional in Mexico City, we were immersed in a blend of Mexico’s rich history and art. Built on a site that has been a palace for Mexico’s ruling class since the Aztec Empire, its current form largely dates back to when it served as the residence of Moctezuma II in the 16th century. Today Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador stayed here.

The highlight of our visit was the grand murals by Diego Rivera, painted between 1929 and 1935, depicting the history of Mexico. These murals are a triptych showing pre-Hispanic Mexico, the Mexican Revolution, and post-revolutionary Mexico, showcasing Rivera’s vision of Mexican identity and history

Another captivating spot was the former Chamber of Deputies on the upper floor, a space resonating with historical significance, where the Reform Constitution of 1857 was written.

There’s also a really beautiful Nezahualcóyotl garden:

How to visit the National Palace

This is correct as of November 29, 2023.

  1. Go early at 10 AM. Avoid a Monday as the Palace is closed. Inquiring at the entrance to the SHCP Museum (Museo de la Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público), located close to the Palacio Nacional complex.
  2. Prepare Identification: You will to present a valid form of identification, such as a driver’s license or passport, to access the Palacio Nacional.
  3. Security Checks: Be prepared for security screenings upon entry. It’s advisable to carry as few items as possible and avoid bringing prohibited items. No water bottles. Bags needed to be checked in.
  4. Follow the guided tours. We reached there at 10 AM and got a guided tour at 10:30 AM. Guided tours usually cover the history of the building, its architectural significance, and the famous Diego Rivera murals. Remember, photography rules may vary, so check if photos are allowed. We can’t take pictures of some parts of the palace.

This is the entrance of SHCP Museum:

As a government-run historical site, tipping for the tour is not be allowed. After your tour, consider exploring the surrounding area, including the Zócalo, Mexico City’s main square, and Templo Mayor Museum.