Created by president Porfirio Díaz, the building has a spectacular collection of murals and smaller exhibits. It’s a great place to checkout–whether you’re coming for a show or not.
Entrance to the museum is 43 pesos. An additional fee is charged to take photographs. This is important information, as our guide did not remember to tell us that we would need to pay to take photos until after we had scaled two flights of stairs and were well past the cashier, en route to the stunning collection of murals. You’ll most likely want to take photos because on the second and third floors, the Palacio has an impressive collection of murals, featuring “the three greats”: Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros.
Made entirely out of marble, the entire outside of the building is Italian inspired. The despite its Italian style, the outside of the building features sculptures of snakes, jaguars and eagles. It’s very poetic–the sculptures along the facade represent three of the main symbols of Mexico in Italian marble.
In stark contrast to the outside of the building, the inside is very 1930’s Art Deco. Inside the concert hall, there’s a large stained glass Tiffany window. This is only visible to those attending a performance though. Expect another report on that when I visit the ballet later this year.