Mexico’s National Museum of Art is found at the city’s historic center, at the Tacuba #8. The museum’s doors openend to the public in 1982 and at that time shared the building with the Ministry of Communication and Transport. But since 2000, the entire building has been transformed and dedicated to exhibits of art pieces from the XVI to XX centuries.
Museo Nacional de Arte or MUNAL is part of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes. Exhibits, guided tours, workshops, seminars and performing arts are regularly done here, to help promote culture and arts in the country, as well as to help conserve arts in the modern world.
There are three sections to the exhibits at the museum, covering periods of art revolution from 1550 to the mid-50’s. Some of its most notable pieces include collections of Modern Art in Chapultepec Park, paintings of western art from the Academy of San Carlos, art work depicting Mexican Independence, and pieces from the Mexican Revolution. Paintings of artists like Pedro Gualdi and photography from Carlos Monsivais and Marina Yampolsky are also found in this museum.
The museum building is like an art exhibit in itself and inside, the Reception Hall at the second floor has an awesome display of sculpture exhibits. This area is a lot similar to European art museums. It’s big and very colonial, and has murals that carry different themes that highlights cultural significance. So beautiful is this hall that, President Porfirio Diaz chose this as the site where public declarations are done, or where guests from the international community is received. Overall, the museum carries classic and gothic architecture. To the center is a large staircase that leads to the rest of the halls around the building.