The building was designed by the Italian architect Silvio Contri, on the site of the old San Andrés College of the Society of Jesus which had become a hospital. The present building was begun in 1904, with national labor and Italian craftsmen. It was completed by 1911. It was originally the headquarters of the Secretariat of Communications, until another building was constructed and the palace was converted into the General Archive of the Nation. By 1982 the sumptuous palace opened its doors as the National Museum of Art and later the Telegraph Museum was opened here too.
Proyecto “Corredor de Cultura Digital”.
Nombre de la investigación:
Investigación Centro Histórico, Monumentos, Edificios y Puntos de Interés (2023)
Dirección de investigación y diseño de Rutas:
Acércate al Centro A.C.
Guadalupe Gómez Collada
Coordinación e investigación histórica:
Fideicomiso del Centro histórico
Dir. Maestra Loredana Montes
Photo: Juan Carlos Fonseca Mata on Wikimedia Commons
Mexico's National Art Museum, the Museo Nacional de Arte (MUNAL) is housed, in the city center, in a stunning neoclassical building. With a very worthy collection to back up Mexico's place in the history of art, works are concentrated from the mid-16th century to the mid-20th century.With Tolsá's enormous equestrian statue of Charles IV of Spain out front, (the plaza is named for Tolsá, too), it's one of the most visited museums in the city. Temporary exhibitions cover themes in the history of Mexican art as well as many strong temporary exhibits traveling from abroad. Founded in 1982, the museum focuses on exhibition, study, and diffusion of Mexican and international art. A permanent collection contains more than 3,000 works and the building has some 5,500 square meters of exhibition space. A subdivision of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura (INBAL), the MUNAL is likewise involved in the conservation, exhibition, and study of the fine arts of Mexico. The collection is subdivided into three distinct periods. A first covers the colonial period from 1550 to 1821. The second covers the first century after Mexican Independence and, a third covers the period after the Mexican Revolution through the 1950s. In general, artworks from after these periods are more likely to be created and displayed at a number of other museums affiliated with the INBAL.