Museo Antiguo Palacio de Iturbide, Mexico City

4.7
#26 of 123 in Museums in Mexico City
The Palace of Iturbide is a large palatial residence located in the historic center of Mexico City at Madero Street #17. It was built by the Count of San Mateo Valparaíso as a wedding gift for his daughter. It gained the name “Palace of Iturbide” because Agustín de Iturbide lived there and accepted the crown of the First Mexican Empire at the palace after independence from Spain. Today, the restored building houses the Fomento Cultural Banamex; it has been renamed the Palacio de Cultura Banamex.History of the buildingThis residence was constructed by Miguel de Berrio y Saldívar, Count of San Mateo Valparaíso and Marquis of Jaral de Berrio. Berrio y Saldívar’s fortune was based in mining and livestock. He also served as the mayor of Mexico City. He purportedly built the palace in an elaborate way to equal the sum of his daughter’s dowry, approximately 100,000 pesos, in order to stop his new his son-in-law, the Marquis of Moncada of Sicily, from squandering his daughter’s wealth. It was built as a replica of the royal palace of Palermo. This couple’s son, the grandson of the home’s builder, preferred not to live in the palace but offered it for the use of visiting dignitaries, such as viceroy Félix Calleja and later Agustín de Iturbide. From this palace’s balcony, Iturbide accepted the offer to be Mexico’s first emperor after independence from Spain. During his reign (1821–1823), he lived here, using the house as the royal palace.
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  • This discreet yet incredibly well-maintained place offers an alternative in Mexico City's Madero corridor. They are temporary exhibitions that are always worth while, because it is a private foundation the place is impeccable and also free. And it doesn't close on Mondays like the rest of Mexico's museums.
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  • We saw hundreds of G. Iturbide's photos at this museum. It must be dedicated to her work. A lot of the photos were kind of edgy and she certainly has a passion for photographing pre-Hispanic peoples. ...  more »
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  • Large art gallery that was free when we went. It has a lot of photography art which depicts different regions of Mexico and also a small portion of photos depict some other international places. The gallery is inside a nice old building and there are two stories there. They also have an elevator and a bunch of staff that can help you or give you a guided tour.
  • Current exhibit, the Graciela Iturbide life works, is beutifully curated. Worth you time...
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