The Castle of Chapultepec is one of the main landmarks in Mexico City, probably the one archeological monument with the most history in the country.
The architecture is beautiful, the views are unique and the history and exhibitions of the place provide Mexico’s past from the colonization to present times.
If you want to visit here and don’t know how, here you can read on my experience and everything you need to know to have the best time exploring.
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Castle of Chapultepec Hours
- Tuesday to Sunday: 9AM to 5PM
- Mondays: Closed
These hours have no exceptions, no matter the date.
Castle of Chapultepec Costs
- $80.00 pesos per person.
- Kids under 13 years of age
- Elders over 60 years of age
- Teachers and Students with valid ID
- Retired citizens with valid ID
- Disabled people
- Sundays is free entry for all Mexicans and international residents. However, you should know it gets crowded.
Where is the Castle of Chapultepec?
The address is: Bosque de Chapultepec I Secc, 11100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, México
How to get to the Castle of Chapultepec
The closest metro station to the castle is “Chapultepec” from line 1. Actually, this station has direct access to Chapultepec’s Park.
You can also arrive by Auditorio Station from line 7, if you do this you must take the bus (Line 7) and get down on Gandhi Station. From there you can walk to the castle.
Tips for your visit
1. Free Tour of Chapultepec‼
You should know there is a free tour of Chapultepec; however, entry to the castle is not included here.
This tour takes you down Avenue Paseo de la Reforma to Chapultepec’s Park, they will show you the main monuments and provide history on the Castle of Chapultepec. Yes! It is completely free.
It’s a good idea to match this tour to your visit of the castle since it is free of charge. If you are interested check it out here: Free Tour of Chapultepec.
2. Visit the Castle and the Anthropology Museum on the same day.
Touring the castle will take you a few hours; for this reason, we recommend you hit two birds with one stone and also visit the Anthropology Museum on the same day.
They are both close in proximity and would be a great way to get the best out of your day.
If you’re interested, we invite you to look at this tour: Castle of Chapultepec + Anthropology Museum Tour
3. You Must Try the Dorilocos
When visiting Chapultepec you cannot forget to try the incredibly delicious dorilocos from one of the street vendors you’ll find around. Dorilocos are a street snack made out of a mix of Doritos, Chamoy, and other Mexican candy.
The Castle of Chapultepec’s Museum
What’s inside the Castle of Chapultepec? Nowadays, the castle is divided in 3 areas: the museum, the Alcázar and the exhibition wings. There are 19 wings where you can learn about different parts of Mexico’s history and culture.
- Wing 1 “Two Isolated Continents (…-1521)”: Talks about the first interaction there was between Europeans and Native Americans.
- Wings 2, 3, 4 and 5 “Kingdom of New Spain (1521-1821) “: Talks about the contributions and changes Spanish conquistadors brought to Mexico. Such as evangelism, missions, agriculture, commerce, etc.
- Wing 6 “Independence War (1810-1821)”: Talks about historical figures and events of Mexico’s Independence.
- Wings 7 and 8 “A Young Nation (1821-1867)”: Exhibition on the various types of governments that Mexico tried and the international conflicts that happened during this time.
- Wings 9 and 10 “Towards Modern Times (1867-1910)”: Exhibition on Benito Juárez, Sebastián Lerdo de Tejada, Manuel González and Porfirio Díaz’ rulings and consequences in Mexico’s political life.
- Wings 11 and 12 “XX Century (1910-…)”: Talks about the Mexican Revolution: political interests, agriarian fights, military, juridical solutions and every day life.
- Wing 14 “Malaquitas Hall. Beauty’s Pleasure (XIX Century)”: Exhibition on jewels and luxuries from colonial times and the XIX century.
- Wing 15 “Virreyes Hall. Power Moves (1521 – 1821)”: This wing is dedicated to the Virreinato Institution in New Spain.
- Alcázar: In the lower area of the Alcázar you can observe furniture, jewels, paintings, and utensils from when the castle was inhabited by Maximiliano y Carlota (1864-1867); and on the upper area you can see the lifestyle from when President Porfirio Díaz used the castle as his Summer house.
History of Chapultepec’s Castle
To begin with, you should know Chapultepec’s Park (or Forest) was a place of relaxation for the first Virreyes. They used it as hunting grounds. The forest was so pleasant that Virrey Luis de Velasco built a palace on top of the hill. However, such was destroyed due to an explosion. After that, Virrey Bernardo de Gálvez started constructions on what we know today as the Castle of Chapultepec.
The castle was used in different ways, from gunpowder storage to a military academy in 1841. It was also home to Emperor Maximiliano I of Mexico and to the country’s presidents from 1884 and 1935.
The castle has lived through some of Mexico’s biggest moments in history; although, its most famous being the Mexico-United Sates conflict where the Niños Heroes (The Hero Boys) died defending the establishment.
The castle became part of Mexico’s National Museum in 1825 by orders of Mexico’s first president, Guadalupe Victoria.
However, it wasn’t until 1939 that President Lázaro Cárdenas, ordered that the castle became one with the National History Museum. The construction took 5 years and opened to the public on September 27th, 1944.
Hope you enjoy this place as much as we did.
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