The National Museum of History, located within the Chapultepec Castle, is a place that narrates the transcendental eras of Mexican history. If its walls could talk, they’d surely tell us about the stay of emperors Carlota and Maximiliano, the events of the Niños Heroes battle and the presidential term of Lázaro Cárdenas, who in 1939 declared the space a historic heritage space and gave it its current name.
This building has been a chapel, a gunpowder factory, headquarters of Guadalupe Victoria’s government, classrooms for the Military College and the home of Sebastián Lerdo de Tejada.
When you visit, you’ll quickly realize that one day isn’t enough to see the entire thing. But you can plan your itinerary or take a guided tour, both strategies to help you make the best of your time. In the Sigueiros room, you’ll find the era of New Spain through the modernity of the 20th century. The upper floor features European-style wardrobe, furniture and ornate decoration. Last but certainly not least, the library, open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.