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National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

Avenida Universidad 3000, Mexico City, Mexico

The Basics

Ciudad Universitaria is both a hub for students in Mexico City and a cultural attraction in its own right. Dedicate time to visiting the Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Juan O’Gorman murals which decorate several of the UNAM buildings, including the Central Library.

Other highlights include the University Museum of Contemporary Art (MUAC), Sculpture Park, and Botanical Garden. Visit Ciudad Universitaria as part of a full day shared or private Mexico City tour which typically incorporate stops at places like Xochimilco, the historic center of Coyoacán, and the Frida Kahlo Museum.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • UNAM is a must-visit for art, architecture, and culture lovers in Mexico City.

  • There are several on-campus museums, although most are closed on Mondays.

  • It’s free to visit the UNAM campus grounds.

  • UNAM’s Mexico City campus may not be entirely accessible for those with wheelchairs or strollers.

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How to Get There

UNAM is situated towards the south of Mexico City, in the Coyoacán borough, roughly 9.3 miles (15 kilometers) from the historic center. Easily accessible on public transport, the closest Metrobus station is Ciudad Universitaria. The closest metro station is Copilco (Line 3), which is a 30-minute walk or short taxi ride from UNAM.

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When to Get There

The UNAM campus is free to access throughout the year, although it’s best and safest to visit during the day. In late October and early November, UNAM is known for hosting spectacular displays for Day of the Dead. Most of the on-site museums are closed on Mondays.

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Other Attractions in Coyoacán

UNAM is one of the biggest draws of the Coyoacán borough for fans of art and architecture, but the area has much more to offer eager travelers. Visit the popular Frida Kahlo Museum—buying admission tickets in advance is recommended—learn about the legacy of Leon Trotsky at the Leon Trotsky Museum, and browse for souvenirs and snacks at the Coyoacán Market.

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