Museums and galleries in Monterrey offer a unique look into deep art and culture in Mexico, from art galleries to natural history museums and quirky, unusual locations. Here you can see everything from works of art dating back hundreds of years to children's museums, puppet museums, and even museums where you can learn all about the art of making candy. You'll learn about the history of Monterrey and of the entire country. You'll discover cultural heritage sites tracing important economic developments of the area and even a baseball hall of fame.

    Explore a world of culture in Monterrey. Check out some of the best museums in town to discover art and history.

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    3 Museos (Historia Mexicana, Noreste & Palacio)

    Learn about Monterrey's complete cultural history

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    3 Museos (Museo de Historia Mexicana, Museo del Noreste, and Museo del Palacio) offer a look at the history of the state, its geography, and its modern progress. These are 3 of the most important museums in Monterrey and they are located adjacent to one another, with Museo del Noreste and Museo del Palacio connected by a glass walking bridge. Here you'll learn all about ancient Mexico through the 19th century, the progress and modern culture of the state and country, and the entire regional history of the northeast, including Tamaulipas, Nuevo León, Texas, and Coahuila.

    These 3 museums together offer a complete picture of the history of the state and country. They're in the heart of downtown.

    Location: Dr José Ma. Coss 445, Centro, 64000 Monterrey, N.L., Mexico

    Open: Sunday and Tuesday from 10 am to 8 pm, Wednesday–Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +52 81 2033 9898

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    Museo del Acero Horno

    Explore the history of the steel industry

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    Museo del Acero Horno is a wildly popular interactive museum inside of Fundidora Park that offers a look at the industrial history of the region, including steel production. You'll learn about the history of this foundry and the steel industry. Guided tours are available in Spanish or you can explore on your own and read English descriptions of the exhibits. You can get hands-on learning about how raw materials and ore are processed to make steel, and then see for yourself how it's used to make everyday goods we rely on.

    This is a fun, unique, and unusual museum that teaches you about one of the most important industries of the modern age. It's 11 minutes east of town.

    Location: Av. Fundidora Parque, Fundidora, 64010 Monterrey, N.L., Mexico

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from noon to 7 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +52 81 3158 6555

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    Museum of Contemporary Art of Monterrey (MARCO)

    Visit one of Mexico's most important art museums

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    Museum of Contemporary Art of Monterrey (MARCO) offers a wide range of contemporary art from all over the world in a building noted for its minimalist and postmodernist architecture. The exterior of the building offers a striking appearance with its burnt-red color and sharp lines, with a huge bronze dove at its entrance. Inside, you can see hundreds of pieces of modern art from paintings to sculpture, photography, and multimedia from all over the world. In addition to the massive permanent collection, the museum hosts regularly rotating exhibitions with contemporary artists the world over.

    An in-house restaurant lets you stop and grab a meal and a gift shop lets you find ideal art-related crafts. It's 8 minutes south of downtown.

    Location: Juan Zuazua, Padre Raymundo Jardón y, Centro, 64000 Monterrey, N.L., Mexico

    Open: Thursday–Sunday, Tuesday from 10 am to 6 pm, Wednesday from 10 am to 8 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +52 81 8262 4500

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    Palacio del Obispado

    Visit the residence of an 18th-century bishop

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    Palacio del Obispado is a small museum that's free on Sundays, offering serene, breathtaking views with a mountain backdrop in a historic building dating to the 18th century. This building was once the home of the Bishop of Linares, and during the mid-19th century, it became a vital fortress in the war against the United States. It was even the site of a major battle in the war between Mexican forces and the troops of General Worth. Today, the small museum focuses on the history of the Nuevo León region.

    This museum offers a look at a genuine building still furnished as it was hundreds of years ago. It's 10 minutes southwest of town.

    Location: Rafael José Verger S/N, Obispado, 64010 Monterrey, N.L., Mexico

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm (closed on Mondays)

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    Muscera Museo de Cera Monterrey

    Visit a local hidden gem of a wax museum

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    Muscera Museo de Cera Monterrey is a wax museum offering a look at historic figures among national and worldwide film artists, singers, and other performers and famous historical figures. It's located inside Fundidora Park. It's also something of a hidden gem of the region; since a lot of people don't know about it, it doesn't tend to draw crowds. Here you can see stunningly detailed wax figures of people like Pope Paul II and others. You can also see wax sculptures of some of the local flora and fauna of the region, which is unique to wax museums.

    This is a fun, quirky, unusual, and family-friendly jaunt with prime photo ops. It's 11 minutes east of downtown.

    Location: Fundidora y Adolfo Prieto, SN, Col. Obrera, Centro, 64010 Monterrey, N.L., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +52 81 8191 5694

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    Salón de la Fama del Béisbol Mexicano

    Learn about the history of Mexican baseball

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    Salón de la Fama del Béisbol Mexicano is a hall of fame dedicated to the recognition of those who have contributed to the sport of baseball in Mexico. Those enshrined include players, sportswriters, umpires, and directors who have participated in Mexican baseball, or those of Mexican nationality who have played the sport internationally. Inductees must have between 10 and 20 years in the sport, depending on their role and where they played. It includes more than 199 individuals who have played the sport since 1939.

    This is a hall of fame for sports fans that includes some stars you may not see in the MLB hall. It's 10 minutes southeast of downtown.

    Location: C. Gregorio Torres S/N, Centro, 64010 Monterrey, N.L., Mexico

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm (c1osed on Mondays)

    Phone: +52 81 1360 6173

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    Papalote Museo del Nino

    Visit an interactive underground space just for kids

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    Papalote Museo del Niño is a children's museum located in Fundidora Park offering a place where children can play, learn, and interact for the purpose of learning while having fun. The museum is an architectural space located over 50 feet underground. It includes a laser screen, a teleconferencing facility where kids can talk with other children from all over the world, an educational sculpture exhibit, and exhibits showcasing the importance of biodiversity in our ecology and even the science of hydroponics.

    Like all museums, the exhibits here are interactive and kids learn by getting hands-on and experimenting. It's only 10 minutes southeast of downtown Monterrey.

    Location: Av. Fundidora Interior Papalote, Obrera, 64010 Monterrey, N.L., Mexico

    Phone: +52 81 1642 3161

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    Museo Metropolitano de Monterrey

    Explore the history of Monterrey

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    Museo Metropolitano de Monterrey is a small museum located inside the original city hall of Monterrey and showcases the entire history of the city from the 16th century to today. Here you can see dozens of artifacts and learn all about the founding of the city in 1596 as well as its cultural development through today. The signage here is in Spanish, so be aware of that going in; it may be a good idea to bring a translator along. The museum also includes a temporary exhibit room that showcases rotating exhibits from important modern and contemporary artists.

    Though small, this is an important museum for the city's legacy. It's located about 10 minutes south of downtown.

    Location: Ignacio Zaragoza, Corregidora &, Centro, 64720 Monterrey, N.L., Mexico

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm (c1osed on Mondays)

    Phone: +52 81 8344 1971

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    Museo de la Casa de los Títeres

    Visit a tribute to puppet theater all over the world

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    Museo de la Casa de los Títeres is a wildly fun and quirky museum offering a look at the art of puppet making and the entertainment puppets provide. The hundreds of puppets on display here are from all over the world, and a guided tour takes you through themed rooms looking at everything from shadow puppets to marionettes, and even those made of kitchen utensils. Puppets are showcased both from Mexico and from countries all over the world. You'll learn about the history of puppets and the role they've played in world history.

    To top it off, the museum has an operating puppet theater that puts on shows every week. The museum is 10 minutes south of downtown Monterrey.

    Location: Padre Raymundo Jardón 911, Centro, 64000 Monterrey, N.L., Mexico

    Open: Hours may vary

    Phone: +52 81 8343 0604

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    Candy Museum - Museo del Dulce

    Learn the history of candy making

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    The Candy Museum – Museo del Dulce is a candy museum where you can learn all about the history of sweets and how they are made, from ancient times through today. This museum is smaller but informative and fun. You can even take a guided tour with an English-speaking guide. You can see replica food items, get a VR kitchen experience, and even taste some candies from the local region. It's a bit of a hidden gem, not very well known, but also rarely crowded, and it's accessed by a fun boat ride over an artificial river in the heart of Fundidora Park.

    This is a tasty museum with plenty of photo ops. It's located about 10 minutes southeast of downtown.

    Location: C. Diego de Montemayor #444, Centro, 64000 Monterrey, N.L., Mexico

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