Chapultepec Castle (Mexico’s National Museum of History)

Sitting high above one of Mexico City's best green spaces is Chapultepec Castle. It sits on top of a hill that has been a sacred place for Aztecs and housed a military academy, imperial residence, and presidential home. Now, it's a museum.
Stained Glass Windows of Greek Goddesses at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Sitting high above one of Mexico City’s best green spaces is Chapultepec Castle. It sits on top of a hill that has been a sacred place for Aztecs and housed a military academy, imperial residence, and presidential home. Now, it’s a museum.

The castle that was once home to Mexican Emperor Maximilian I how houses the National Museum of History (in Spanish: Museo Nacional de Historia) featuring rooms dedicated to various stages of Mexican history.

Large, colorful murals are a highlight, as is a room devoted to jade furnishings. On the top floor there is a section of former residences surrounding a landscaped courtuard and observatory that have been restored to their former opulent glory. And patios surrounding the building offer wonderful views out over Chapultepec Park (Bosque de Chapultepec) and Mexico City.

Photos of Mexico’s National Museum of History

Lookout from Patio at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Patio Gardens at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Patio Gardens at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Painted Murals at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Jade Hall at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Statues at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Statue in the Gardens at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Patio Gardens at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Bedroom in Residential Quarters at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Painted Murals at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Patio Gardens at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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View down Paseo de la Reforma from Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Stained Glass Windows of Greek Goddesses at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Drawing Room at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Chandelier at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Patio Gardens at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Patio Gardens at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Patio Gardens at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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La Torre de Chapultepec at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Statues at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Painted Mural at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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La Torre de Chapultepec at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Dining Room at Residential Quarters at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Marble Lion at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Grasshopper Fountain at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Painted Murals at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Black and While Tiles at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Residential Quarters at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Tourists at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Residential Quarters at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Stairway at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Lookout from Patio at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Chandeliers at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Building at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Ornate Stagecoach at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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View out over the Forest at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Jade Hall at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Portraits at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Jade Hall at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Stairway at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Painted Murals at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Painted Murals at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Painted Murals at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Skylight Ceiling at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Statue at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Tourists at the Courtyard at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Painted Murals at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Overlook at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Painted Murals at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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Statue in the Gardens at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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View out over the Forest at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
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More Photos of Chapultepec Castle

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What To Know Before You Go

  • The museum is generally open Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 to 5, but check with the official website to confirm that opening hours.
  • You’ll have to check your bag at a checkpoint at the bottom of the hill by renting a locker for a small fee.
  • It’s a bit of a hike uphill to get to the castle.
  • In general, you can wander around self-guided, although there is a preferred direction in the flow of traffic.
  • It’s a pleasant and easy walk from the National Museum of Anthropology to Chapultepec Castle.
  • On weekends it can get quite busy, as can the rest of Chapultepec Park as families, especially with children, flock to the area.

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