Founded in 1982, the National Museum of Art (MUNAL) reopened its doors in 2000 after an intense process of remodeling and technological updating and creating a museum in the manner of other great galleries in the world. Built in 1999 by the Pinacoteca Virreinal collection of San Diego (art from the viceregal period), the MUNAL art collection protects the most important Colonial Art pieces of all of Mexico.
Comprised of 3769 pieces including oil paintings, sculptures, engravings, photographs and even 430 works of folk art, the museum’s collection is displayed in over 30 halls covering an exhibition area of 5.500 m2.
The MUNAL exhibits, studies, and disseminates five centuries of Mexican and International Art (from 1550 to 1954) "by providing new experiences for the understanding and aesthetic enjoyment of their collections and exhibitions in public spaces."
1550 - 1821: Assimilation of the West. First demonstrations of Western art painting in America and the birth of the Academy of San Carlos: 14 rooms, 410 pieces, feather art, watercolors, wood panels of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, paintings by the great masters of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
1810 - 1910: "Building a Nation." How did the artists of this period give an identity to the country through art? 17 rooms among which include: Bible and Hispanic Heritage, The Memory of a National History, the Stamp Cabinet, Photography Room, Modernity and the Apocalypse.
1910-1955: Visual Strategies for a modern Mexico. The collection consists of 1722 works including paintings, sculptures, drawings, photography of various trends, schools and authors, 436 pieces of Folk Art.
Night of the museums: The last Wednesday of each month, MUNAL and other museums of the Historical Center of Mexico City
open their doors from 19:00 to 22:00 giving access to visitors wanting to enjoy the presentations at nighttime and entry for free.
Discover and interact online with the most representative works of the National Art Museum of Mexico thanks to "Enredarte para niños," an educational program created by the MAPFRE Foundation, a cultural institution of international reference showing exhibitions of art from different institutions, museums and foundations in Spain and Latin America, such as the National Museum of Fine Arts in Chile (MNBA).
Tuesday to Sunday from 10:30a.m. to 5:30p.m.
Closed on Monday, January 1st, December 25th.
General Admission: $ 37.00 pesos.
Sundays: Free admission for everyone.
Free admission: Students, teachers, members of INAPAM, ICOM, SEPALO with valid ID.
Phone: 5130 3400. The MUNAL is located between the Metro stations Allende and Bellas Artes.