Chapultepec Castle (Castillo de Chapultepec) is an eighteenth century building in Mexico City’s Chapultepec Park now containing Mexico’s National History Museum (Museo Nacional de Historia).
Original construction of Chapultepec Castle began in 1785, but it was only completed after Mexico achieved independence and later refurbished as the home of Emperor Maximilian of Habsburg in 1864, before becoming the residence of Mexico’s presidents. Parts of Chapultepec Castle are still dedicated to their time as Emperor Maximilian’s home, however today, most of Chapultepec Castle is dedicated to the National History Museum.
Within its twelve halls, Mexico’s National History Museum charts the country’s diverse history, from the Pre-Hispanic era through to Spanish colonialism, Mexico’s revolution and its independence. Some of the National History Museum’s most significant exhibitions include the sword wielded by independence fighter José María Morelos in the Siege of Cuautla in 1812 as well as several murals depicting famous battles.
Chapultepec Castle features as one of our Top 10 Mexican Tourist Attractions.
The National Museum of History, Castle of Chapultepec is located on Calz del Rio in Chapultepec Park, which is off Paseo de la Reforma Road. The nearest metro stations are Auditorio (line 7) and Chapultepec (line 1). There’s a dedicated mini train to the museum within Chapultepec Park during opening hours.
Chapultepec Castle and the National History Museum are open daily except Mondays, 9am-5pm. Admission costs 51 pesos and is free for children 13 and under. Further concessions available. Audio guides are available for a fee of 65 pesos per person.
Chapultepec Park, Mexico City
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