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Tour of Museums for your next visit to Monterrey

September 14, 2017

The wide range of activities that the city of Monterrey has to offer will allow you to enjoy an incomparable visit, whatever the reason for your trip. Whether it is a business trip or a family vacation, the Northern Sultana boasts incredible, historical, sporting and entertainment attractions.

However, Monterrey is as well, home to some cultural venues, where you can admire spectacular collections and art exhibitions of the most renowned national and international artists.

During your next visit, do not miss the chance to visit the most distinguished cultural venues of this capital city. Here it is a list of the 5 most representative museums in the city, in which you will be able to enjoy an amazing tour full of culture, History and tradition.


This place is located south of the famous Macroplaza and is one of the most important museums in all of Latin America. Since its opening in 1991, the MARCO has focused on promoting contemporary international art. Throughout the year, you can enjoy its four major temporary exhibitions; in addition to admiring its iconic construction, by the famous Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta and the sculpture of the master Juan Soriano. This site also has a library, forums for conferences, cinema and a theater.


Another museum that is a must-go during your next visit to the city of Monterrey is the Museum of Mexican History. This site was built by the architects Óscar Bulnes and Augusto Álvarez. Since its construction in 1994, it has been called the "Museum of Mexicanity". In its five exhibition halls the central themes are the geographic environment, the old Mexico, the Viceroyalty, the 19th century and modern Mexico. Do not miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the history of our Mexico in a fun, light and joyful way.


Another of the most important cultural centers of the city of Monterrey is the Northeastern Museum, which belongs to the group of three museums: the Mexican History Museum, the Northeast Museum and the Palace Museum, which will lead you throughout Mexican history. In its more than 1,600 m2 permanent exhibition and its 6 exhibition halls, you can find interesting samples of the regional history of the Northeastern states of the Republic like Nuevo Leon, Coahuila and Tamaulipas.

This site has hosted major exhibitions of international stature; was designed by the architects Edmundo Salinas and Manuel Lashera and opened in September of 2007.


One of the most interesting cultural visits during your visit to the Northern Sultana is undoubtedly the Museum of Steel, which was restored after being part of the former Iron and Steel Foundry Company of Monterrey and which has been the headquarters of major national and international events.

Its main attraction is the High Furnace No. 3, which is a renovated space that today is focused on promoting and fostering scientific and technological thinking. It was built by an American company in October 1965, in what is now the famous Fundidora Park.


The Alfa Planetarium is located at the foot of Chipinque hill and stands out for its cylindrical futuristic construction. This site hosts different cultural spaces, one of the main ones is the museum, designed by the architect Fernando Garza Treviño. In addition, five different interactive spaces are distributed in its five floors, an archaeological collection of ancient Mesoamerica and a hemispheric projection room type IMAX, the first in Latin America.

Nearby is the astronomical observatory, the Prehispanic Garden with replicas of monumental archaeological pieces, an Aviary and a Garden of Science, with didactic games. Do not miss the opportunity to visit the Pavilion, which houses the monumental stained glass "El Universo" by Rufino Tamayo, a work of almost 58 square meters and is the only work of this acclaimed artist made of glass.

Take this tour of museums full of history and tradition, touring the most representative cultural sites of the city of Monterrey. And to move easily to each of them, we recommend you to book your stay at Best Western Plus Royal Courts, as it is located only 10 minutes from downtown. In addition, its comfortable rooms and equipped facilities are the ideal place to relax after a fun cultural tour through the most outstanding museums of the city.

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