Papalote Museo del Niño, Mexico City

Papalote Museo del Niño, Mexico City (must see)

The Papalote Museo del Nino is the largest museum for children in Mexico City. The museum is located near Chapultepec Park and gives children hands-on experiences in learning science, technology, and art.

The interactive museum was designed by architect Ricardo Legorreta. The geometric structure is covered with traditional Mexican tiles. The interiors were entirely decorated by children. There are over 350 interactive exhibits in the museum and children are encouraged to touch and play with each one of them. The building has five themed sections for children to learn different subjects including, ’Our World’, ‘The Human Body’, ‘Con-Sciensa’ that teaches children Science and Consciousness, a communications section with exhibits related to language and all forms of communication including computers and an expressions section with art, music, theater and literature themed exhibits. The museum also has a large IMAX theater with daily video screenings and an archeology park complete with a pre-Hispanic pyramid for children to explore.

Exhibits at the museum are in Spanish but English speaking guides help international visitors. It is required that children be accompanied by adults except on the Thursday adults night when the museum stays open till 11 p.m. Older visitors can view and interact with the exhibits and relax listening to a live jazz band that plays at the museum’s cafe on adult’s night.

Tip:
Not a great place for toddlers, but older children from age 6 and above will have plenty of learning fun activities to choose from.
The best tip is to arrive early when the museum opens to avoid any crowds or school tours. Arriving early also allows you to plan for any special presentations or events.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Wed, Fri: 9am-6pm; Thu: 9am-6pm, 7pm-11pm; Sat-Sun: 10am-7pm

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Papalote Museo del Niño on Map

Sight Name: Papalote Museo del Niño
Sight Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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