• INAH-CINAH Michoacán
    INAH-CINAH Michoacán
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Museo Regional Michoacano "Dr. Nicolás León Calderón"
First established in 1886 in a palace in the city of Morelia, the museum houses a splendid collection of pre-Hispanic artefacts, assembled by the institution’s first director, Nicolás León, as well as plates of rare codices, maps, ancient items of clothing and objects of historic importance such as the table where the Constitution of Apatzingán was signed.

About the museum
This is the oldest museum in the National Institute of Anthropology and History’s network, with exhibits on the history and culture of Michoacán since the first human settlements until the final days of the Porfirio Díaz regime. The building itself is a remarkable construction dating from the second half of the eighteenth century and, according to the scholar Gabriel Silva Mandujano, it is the finest example of residential architecture in the city of Valladolid (as Morelia was previously called) of its time. Built in 1775, and originally belonging to Isidro Huarte, the mansion later became the property of Ignacio Montenegro following the first owner’s death. It was subsequently turned into the Tridentine Seminary, and eventually passed into the hands of Manuel Malo. During the administration of General Mariano Jiménez (1885-1892), the government acquired the property in order to establish an academy for girls, but on January 30, 1886, it was decided to establish a museum instead. The new institution was run by Dr. Nicolás León (1859-1929), a Mexican physician, historian, linguist, ethnologist, anthropologist, author and naturalist.

In the early years, León’s collection was itinerant and moved between the Colegio de San Nicolás and the Palacio de Gobierno, until it found a permanent home in 1915 in this palatial, baroque building in Morelia, in order to be preserved as part of an effort to raise public awareness of research work related to Michoacán’s cultural heritage.

In 2011, the historic building occupied by the Regional Museum of Michoacán was painstakingly restored, and a new exhibition design now invites the public to discover the region’s history from the perspective of archeology, history, and art; the collection consists of more than 300 items exhibited in 12 permanent galleries organized by theme and focused on the cultural development of today’s state of Michoacán.

The following murals in this building were also restored as part of this renovation process: Grace Greenwood’s “Hombres y máquinas” (“Men and Machines,” 1934); Philip Guston and Reuben Kadish’s “La Inquisición” (“The Inquisition,” 1935); Federico Cantú’s “Los cuatro jinetes del Apocalipsis” (“The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse,” 1954); as well as Alfredo Zalce’s “Los defensores de la integridad nacional” (“Defenders of National Integrity,” 1951) and “Los pueblos del mundo contra la guerra atómica” (“The Peoples of the World Against Nuclear War,” 1951).

Various codex plates are also on display in the museum, including “Relación de Michoacán” (“Account of Michoacán) , the “Lienzo de Xiuhquilan” (“Canvas of Xiuhquilan”) and the “Títulos de Carapan” (“Titles of Carapan”). The exhibition also shows maps that highlight changes to the region after the Spaniards’ incursion and evangelization, as well as supporting visual materials to provide a chronological and geographical context to each historical event. Clothing, furniture and everyday items also form part of the collection.

Historic artefacts include the table on which the Constitution of Apatzingán was signed, a collection of portraits of historical figures such as Vasco de Quiroga, Agustín de Iturbide, Melchor Ocampo, and some governors of the state of Michoacán.

An eighteenth-century oil painting called “Traslado de las monjas catarinas a su nuevo convento” (“Journey of the Nuns of Saint Catherine to their New Convent”), by an anonymous artist, is one of the most popular exhibits due to its portrayal of the city; also worth seeing are the murals by artists such as Alfredo Zalce, the representation of the Conspiracy of Michoacán, and the Jicalán and Carapan oil paintings from the sixteenth century and eighteenth century, respectively.
January 1886
Practical information
Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 17:00 hrs

$75.00 pesos

  • Sundays free for Mexican citizens
  • Free entrance for Mexicans under 13 years old
  • Free entrance for Mexican students and teachers
  • Free entry for seniors
  • pensioners and retirees with ID
  • No Smoking
  • No entry with food
  • Pets not allowed
Allende No. 305, esquina con Abasolo, Zona Centro, C.P. 58000,
Morelia, Michoacán, México.

Located near the Cathedral of Morelia and its Plaza de Armas, easily accessed by Avenida Francisco I. Madero, Calle de Allende, or Abasolo.

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  • +52 (443) 312 0407
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Museo Regional Michoacano "Dr. Nicolás León Calderón"
Museo Regional Michoacano "Dr. Nicolás León Calderón"
Museo Regional Michoacano "Dr. Nicolás León Calderón"
Museo Regional Michoacano "Dr. Nicolás León Calderón"
Museo Regional Michoacano "Dr. Nicolás León Calderón"
Museo Regional Michoacano "Dr. Nicolás León Calderón"
Museo Regional Michoacano "Dr. Nicolás León Calderón"
Museo Regional Michoacano "Dr. Nicolás León Calderón"
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