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SEE THESE HISTORICAL SITES...

  • Barrio Antiguo
    Neighborhood lined with some of the oldest buildings in the city, some dating back to the 17th century.
    Attraction type: Historic walking area
  • Pueblo de Santiago
    A tourist town with cobbled streets and colonial buildings.
    Attraction type: Historic village
  • El Obispado
    High in the hills with sweeping views of Monterrey, the "Bishops Palace" is where U.S. forces under Zachary Taylor defeated the Mexican garrison during the Mexican-American War.
    Attraction type: Historic site
    Tower of Commerce
    You cannot miss this modern and dramatic sculpture that towers over Monterrey's Macro Plaza in Main Square.
    Attraction type: Statue
  • Antiguo Palacio Federal Striking white government building dating back to 1928.
    Attraction type: Historic site
  • Explanada de los Heroes Esplanade dedicated to the memory of Mexico's heroes which features two monuments honoring Benito Juárez and Don Miguel Hidalgo.
    Attraction type: Monument
  • Faro de Comercio
    Monument designed by Luis BarragáÏ in honor of the commercial development of the area.
    Attraction type: Monument
  • Gran Plaza o Macroplaza
    Main plaza where most of the city's historical monuments, museums and hotels are located.
    Attraction type: Historic walking area

  • Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, MARCO
    Housed in a beautiful building designed by world-famous architect Ricardo Legorreta, this museum features works of major Mexican and Latin American artists.
    Attraction type: Art museum
  • Museo del Obispado
    Beautiful building first built in 1787 as Bishop Fray Rafael Jose Verger's retirement home; now houses a Regional History Museum delineating Nuevo Leon's complex history.
    Attraction type: Landmark/point of interest; Museum
  • Museo de Historia Mexicana
    Museum delineates the history of Mexico from pre-historic times to the present
  • Museo de Monterrey
    Museum featuring the works of such notable artists like Diego Rivera and Rufino Tamayo
  • Pinacoteca de Nuevo Leon
    This important art museum houses the entire artistic heritage of the state of Nuevo Leon in Northern Mexico
  • History Museum

  • This educational landmark traces the history and life of the ancient Mayan, Toltec and other native populations
  • Alfa Cultural Center
    Planetarium with educational exhibits on a variety of science topics including astronomy, physics and archeology
  • Alianza Francesa Valle
    Popular local and national artists display their artwork at this cultural center for art.
  • Centro Cultural Arte
    Local and national artists display their paintings, sculpture and photography at this cultural center
    The town of San Pedro celebrates its history and culture with the exhibits in this museum
  • Museo Estatal de las Culturas Populares
    A museum displaying popular art from different regions of Mexico
  • Museo Metropolitano de la Ciudad de Monterrey
    A historic building houses this history museum, featuring displays on the different cultural and artistic traditions of the region
  • Museo de Antropologia y Paleontologia
    Small museum displays many of the fossil remains found nearby
  • Museo de la Casa de los Titeres
    A museum featuring beautiful puppets from around the world
  • Museo de la Fauna y Ciencias Naturales de Monterrey
    A natural history museum containing over 100 different species of stuffed animals
  • Museo del Vidrio
    This museum outlines the history of glass and the glass industry, featuring some beautiful examples of 20th-century glass art
  • Paseo de Santa Lucia
    A historic street in downtown Monterrey passing through the Plaza de los 40 Años and the Mexican History Museum.
  • Salon de la Fama del Beisbol Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame
    Museum on the history of baseball in northern Mexico, featuring biographies of some of Mexicos best players; a must for the baseball fan.
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