Museums in Puebla, Part I (Self Guided), Puebla

The city of Puebla, named a World Heritage Site in 1987, is indeed worth the title and proudly lives up to it with its mesmerizing beauty engraved within its walls, houses and museums. If you really want to discover Puebla, begin with the following museum walking tour; you will definitely find the city’s history quite elaborate and fascinating.
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Museums in Puebla, Part I Map

Guide Name: Museums in Puebla, Part I
Guide Location: Mexico » Puebla (See other walking tours in Puebla)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles
Author: HelenF
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Museo del Automovil Puebla
  • Amparo Museum
  • Museo "Casa del Alfeñique"
  • San Pedro Museo de Arte
  • Museo Universitario "Casa de los Muñecos"
  • Museo Bello y González
  • Museo Nacional de los Ferrocarriles Mexicanos
Museo del Automovil Puebla

1) Museo del Automovil Puebla

The world of automobiles is of primary interest to you? Visit one of the most outstanding museums of Puebla, where you will find cars that left their mark in history, cars that represent society’s tastes in road vehicles in different periods of the 20th century and also cars exemplifying the transitions of the automobile’s evolution. At the museum, which was founded in 1996, you will encounter models such as: 1912 Model T ford, 1941 Cadillac Old Limousine and other old vehicles. The museum is open Monday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
Amparo Museum

2) Amparo Museum (must see)

The Amparo Museum, or Museo Amparo, is one of the most important historical museums in Mexico. It was inaugurated in 1991 and sponsored by the Amparo Foundation, which was founded in 1979 by Manuel Espinoza Yglesias in honor of his wife.

The museum is housed in two colonial-era buildings that date from the 17th and 18th centuries, which were popularly known as the Hospitalario. One of the buildings was the Hospital de Nuestra Señora y San Juan de Letrán founded in 1534. The other building is from the 18th century with a brick facade. It was part of the hospital for a time, then was converted into a “refuge” for married women.

The museum’s permanent collection traces Mexico’s development over its history. It has one of the most important collections of pre-Hispanic, colonial and modern art in Mexico, with dates of pieces ranging from 2,500 BCE to the present day, covering the pre-Classic period to the Spanish Conquest. The collection contains jars, figures, steles, altars, sculptures and utensils, from the Teotihuacan, Zapotec, Huasteca, Totonac, Maya, Olmec, Chichimeca, Mixtec and Aztec civilizations. The Colonial Area is concentrated what was the home of the Espinoza Family, occupying eleven halls. These halls have been decorated to imitate how homes looked like during the various centuries of the colonial period. These rooms are filled with furniture, wood and ivory sculptures, silver items, Talavera pottery and well as oil paintings.

Opening hours: Monday- Friday, Sunday 10:00 am- 6:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am- 9:00 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Museo "Casa del Alfeñique"

3) Museo "Casa del Alfeñique" (must see)

Museo "Casa del Alfeñique" is housed within a building, famous in the city for its “delicious” façade. Why “delicious”? Because the white mortar, with which the house is adorned, bears great similarities to the typical candy of Puebla, known to all as “Alfeñique”. Since 1926, it hosts exhibitions within 16 halls; the items on display represent different times between the 16th and 19th centuries such as maps, carriages, indigenous manuscripts, … The house itself is a historical monument; built in 1790, its original owner was a painter – Francisco Morales.
San Pedro Museo de Arte

4) San Pedro Museo de Arte

Located in the historic center of Puebla, San Pedro Museo de Arte is a cultural venue which displays multiple artistic currents and times. Since it was founded (1541), the building served as home for the church and hospital of San Pedro and San Pablo. In 1998, it was refurbished in order to accommodate Puebla Museum of Viceregal Art. The present museum of art is the result of the transformation that occurred in 2002 and it presents items dating from different epochs. One can come and learn about the exhibited objects Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
Museo Universitario "Casa de los Muñecos"

5) Museo Universitario "Casa de los Muñecos" (must see)

The Museo Universitario is an interesting place to visit, for two main reasons. Firstly – the building housing the museum is an extraordinary 18th century architectural monument, adorned with 16 talavera pottery figures. Thanks to these highlighted human figures, the house acquired the name of "Casa de los Muñecos". Secondly – since 1984, it is home to Museo Universitario. Its exhibitions are a must see! Scientific devices, art works, among which there are works by Jose Luis Rodriguez Alconedo, Diego de Borgraf and Jose Rodriguez Juarez, documents dating as far back as 400 years and many other fascinating exhibits can be seen Monday through Sunday between 10am and 5pm.
Museo Bello y González

6) Museo Bello y González

Another fascinating venue that would be of interest to all who visit the city of Puebla is Museo Bello y González. This museum is situated within a splendid building featuring a wonderful interior, perfect for the exhibited collections. Within the 15 rooms (Room of Copper, Red Chamber, Room of Crystal, …) one will find extraordinary art pieces and antiques, many of which are intact pieces dating back to the 16th and 19th centuries. Come and take a look at the unique collection Tuesday through Sunday, from 10am till 6pm.
Museo Nacional de los Ferrocarriles Mexicanos

7) Museo Nacional de los Ferrocarriles Mexicanos (must see)

One of the most fascinating museums of Puebla is Museo Nacional de los Ferrocarriles Mexicanos. The museum holds a permanent exhibition featuring locomotives, freight cars, even tools used to perform certain mechanic works. So, it is actually a display of elements related to railroads, presented from the biggest to the smallest ones. One is also introduced to the history of railroads and facts about transportation. The museum welcomes curious visitors from Tuesday to Sunday between 9am and 5pm.

Walking Tours in Puebla, Mexico

Create Your Own Walk in Puebla

Create Your Own Walk in Puebla

Creating your own self-guided walk in Puebla is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Puebla Sightseeing Tour

Puebla Sightseeing Tour

The subtropical city of Puebla has much to offer to those who are fascinated by the history and life of this Mexican city. Take the following walking tour and visit the first public library in the Americas, fascinating Renaissance and Baroque architectural monuments, statues and other jewels of Puebla.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 Km or 2.8 Miles
Interesting Shopping Spots in Puebla

Interesting Shopping Spots in Puebla

In the city of Puebla there is something for everyone, from exquisite handmade elements, talaveras and embroidery to delicious Mexican sweets and tasty cemitas. Take the following tour to find out more about the cultural values reflected in the creativity of the Pueblan people and to gather all the treasures of the city in your backpack.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Museums in Puebla, Part II

Museums in Puebla, Part II

Let us continue our journey throughout the wonderful city of Puebla, where for many centuries art has found a ‘cozy’ home for its creations. Take the following walking tour to discover the fascinating exhibits displayed within the museums of the city. These will help you better understand the local culture and thrilling history.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 Km or 3.2 Miles
Puebla Introduction Walking Tour

Puebla Introduction Walking Tour

The lovely city of Puebla, located southeast of the Mexican capital, is renowned for its culinary tradition, but even more so for its colonial architecture and pottery. The latter includes painted Talavera tiles, produced locally and widely applied to embellish the walls of numerous local buildings. The city's number 1 attraction is undoubtedly the Renaissance-style Puebla Cathedral...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 Km or 2.8 Miles