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My three favourite museums in Mexico City

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I bet you didn’t know this, but Mexico City has more museums than any other city in the world. Some of them are really famous, like Bellas Artes or the Anthropology Museum, and a sure stop for most tourists who visit Mexico City. But there are some hidden gems that will show you a whole different face of the culture and lifestyle of Mexico, and the diversity that this country has to offer. Here are my three favourite museums In Mexico City, for all the travellers out there who would rather get off the beaten path.

1. Museo del Estanquillo

Every time a foreign friend visits me in Mexico City, one of my first stops is this lovely museum. Located on a pedestrian street in El Centro this place was created by the great Mexican author Carlos Monsivais, who decided to collect objects that reflected what he thought and felt about the city. The result is awesome; books, toys, posters, photographs, maps, paintings and even furniture, all reflecting our culture in some way, fill the floors of a 19th century building called La Esmeralda. One of my favourite spots in the city is the café on the rooftop, where you can enjoy a drink and the beautiful view.

Website: http://www.museodelestanquillo.com/ , address: Isabel la Católica No. 26 esquina con Madero, Centro Histórico. Closed on Tuesdays.

2. Museo del Juguete Antiguo Mexicano

This musem, founded by a Japanese-Mexican family and pictured above, shelters the largest collection of toys in the world. The idea behind the museum is to know and live the history and popular culture of the country through one of the most traditional and honest objects of society: toys. For me, this place is a journey to a parallel universe. It’s a bit scary, very nostalgic and a lot of fun.

Website: http://museodeljuguete.mx/ , address: Doctor Olvera #15 col. Doctores

3. MUAC (Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo)

Inside Ciudad Universitaria, the enormous complex that shelters the National Autonomous University, you can find a Contemporary Art Museum that displays the very best of national and international art. Apart from all the pieces found inside, both in the permanent and other collections, there are two things you should definitely pay attention to: the building itself, created by Teodoro Gonzalez de Leon, and el espacio escultóric, an outside space full of very important sculptures that creates an amazing contrast between art and nature (and one of my personal happy places).

Website: http://www.muac.unam.mx/sitiomuac/index.php, address: Insurgentes 3000, Centro Cultural Universitario. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

These are my personal recommendations, but the list of museums in Mexico City on offer is literally endless. No matter what your interests are, you’ll be sure to find a great museum that seems like it was made just for you.

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