Arts, Music & Culture

Discover why Guadalajara is the traditional cultural center of Mexico. From the heart of this region, some of Mexico’s most iconic traditions originated. Visitors are captivated by mariachi music, wide-brimmed sombreros, rodeos, artisan makers and neogothic architecture — all surrounded by beautiful fields of blue agave to produce the world’s purest tequila. Guadalajara also has one of the strongest and most influential young cultural communities in Latin America.

Hospicio Cabanas lit up at night

Tour Hospicio Cabañas, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with world-renowned frescoes by painter José Clemente Orozco.

man playing violin at International Mariachi Festival

Experience the tradition of Mexico’s Mariachi music with the International Mariachi Festival which is held each year in Guadalajara.

Teatro Degollado

Catch a live performance at Teatro Degollado which opened in 1866 and is located in the central plaza of Guadalajara.

glass blowing in Tonala

Tonalá, located right outside Guadalajara, is well known for its outdoor marketplace where you can see glass blowing demonstrations and purchase hand-made glass.

MUSEUMS


Plaza del Sol
ADDRESS: Av López Mateos Sur 2375, Local 10, Zona O, Colonia Ciudad del Sol, Zapopan, Jalisco, México, 45050
PHONE: Tel: +(33) 3121 5950
WEBSITE
Plaza del Sol was born in 1969 as a pioneer of shopping centers in Latin America. Today, it is one of the most traditional shopping centers in Latin America, where you can find everything from restaurants to department stores and shops specializing in electronics.

Museum of Journalism and Graphic Arts
ADDRESS: Av. Alcalde 225, Centro Histórico Guadalajara, Jalisco, México, 44100
PHONE: +(33) 3613 9285
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The mission of the Museum of Journalism and Graphic Arts is to feature a permanent collection of historical objects related to the media and put on display the evolution of the graphic arts. In this museum, you can find rooms dedicated to the graphic arts, a pre-press room, a printing room and a binding room. Housed in the building that tapatíos recognized as "house dogs", the museum  where "The American Clock" -- considered the first independent newspaper in America -- was printed.

Raul Anguiano Art Museum
ADDRESS: Av. Mariano Otero No. 375, Col. Moderna Guadalajara, Jalisco, México
PHONE: +(33) 1377 7909
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The Raul Anguiano Art Museum is located in Guadalajara and accommodates modern and contemporary art. Their mission is to research, preserve and disseminate the aesthetic and social values ​​of contemporary art. Along with its permanent and temporary exhibitions, the museum offers lectures, roundtables, assisted visits, film, educational workshops, summer courses and educational programs related to works of art and its creators.

Museum of the City
ADDRESS: Calle Independencia # 684, Centro Histórico Guadalajara, Jalisco, México
PHONE: +(33) 1201 8712
WEBSITE
The Museum of the City of Guadalajara reflects the history, traditions and customs of Guadalajara. It covers history dating back to the founding of Guadalajara in 1542.

LARVA
ADDRESS: Ocampo esq. Juárez
PHONE: +(33) 3614 1893
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Larva is an art laboratory where artists and cultural influencers are collaborate through workshops, conferences, concerts, music clinics, lectures, and exhibitions. It has been characterized in Guadalajara as an alternative art space for musicians, performers, visual artist, film makers.

Museum of Paleontology
ADDRESS: Av. Dr. R. Michel No. 520, Col. San Carlos, Guadalajara, Jalisco, México
PHONE: +(33) 3830 0681
WEBSITE
The Museum of Paleontology of Guadalajara opened February 14, 2000, and is located in the back of the Parque Agua Azul. The museum features a large sample of central western Mexico’s Pleistocene megafauna. It is the result of decades of work by engineer Federico A. Solorzano Barreto. A tour of the museum allows you to have an overview of paleontology and learn about prehistoric fauna and flora of the state of Jalisco. Among the most important findings of recent years is the gomphothere, found in Chapala in 2000. It is one of the most comprehensive in the world this proboscidial skeletons.

Museo Trompo Magico
ADDRESS: Av. Central #750 Col. Fracc. Residencial Poniente, Zapopan, Jalisco, México, 45136
PHONE: +52 (33) 3030 0001
WEBSITE
Children of all ages will have a blast while learning through fun and innovative exhibitions, with a space to express themselves and acquire new knowledge and skills. You will find contemplative and interactive exhibits, with advanced technology. It includes art and science workshops, exhibitions, courses, conferences and cultural events.

Cabañas Cultural Institute
ADDRESS: Cabañas Número 8 Col. Las Fresas Plaza Tapatía. Jalisco, México, C.P 44360
PHONE: +52 (33) 3668 1642 
WEBSITE
Upon entering, you will be amazed by the neoclassical architecture and the 57 murals painted by the painter Jose Clemente Orozco. With 23 patios, it is Guadalajara’s favorite venue for important ceremonies and inaugurations. The institute, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, offers guided tours, temporary exhibitions, an onsite museum, conferences and workshops for painting, drawing, dance, photography, sculpture, and printmaking.

Regional Museum of Anthropology and History
ADDRESS: Liceo #60 Col. Centro, Guadalajara, Jalisco, México, 44100
PHONE: +(33) 3613 2703
Since 1918, the Regional Museum of Anthropology and History has housed archaeological objects, including historical artifacts, indigenous collections, religious objects, historical and paleontological collections including the skeleton of a mammoth. The art collection includes colonial art of the 17th and 18th centuries, European paintings of the 18th and 19th centuries, modern paintings, Mexican frescoes and a mural by Jose Guadalupe Zuno dedicated to remembering the conquest of New Galicia by Nuño de Guzmán.

University of Guadalajara Museum of Fine Arts
ADDRESS: Av. Juárez #975 Col. Centro, Guadalajara, Jalisco. CP. 44100
PHONE: (33) 3134 1664
WEBSITE
The Museum of Arts features a permanent collection which consists of 33 works by talented  local artists. Various works of art have been donated to the museum including a painting that belonged to Julio Cortazar. The building houses two of the most important works of the Mexican muralists Jose Clemente Orozco, the murals "Man Creator and Rebel " and "The People and their misleaders ".
 

ARCHITECTURE


Temple Expiatorio
ADDRESS: Calle López Cotilla #935 Col. Centro, Guadalajara, Jalisco, México. CP. 44100
A Neo-Gothic style building built from 1897-1972, the facade is marked with three porches decorated with reliefs. The central bell tower topped by a cross and its interior consists of three ships, one central and two lateral.

Government Palace
ADDRESS: Av. Ramón Corona #31 Col. Centro, Guadalajara, Jalisco, México. CP. 44100
Built by Manuel José Conique and Nicolas Enrique del Castillo, between the 17th and 18th centuries, this Baroque style building with a Doric gate, has large windows and beautiful balconies.

Degollado Theatre
ADDRESS: Calle Degollado, Col. Centro, Guadalajara, Jalisco, México. CP. 44100
Built in the mid-19th century, this theatre became home to recitals, concerts, and classical and contemporary dance performances. Its construction is ornate neoclassical style, influenced by an Italian theatre in Milan. Its vault has frescoes by Gerardo Suarez and Jacobo Galvez alluding the fourth canto of the Divine Comedy The theater’s porch is made 16 columns and its facade is coated with quarry and a relief mounted on marble with the image of Apollo and the nine Muses.

Guadalajara Cathedral
ADDRESS: Av. Alcalde #10 Col. Centro, Guadalajara, Jalisco, México. CP. 44100
Built in the early 19th century, this cathedral is the city’s most iconic landmark. It presents varying architectural styles including Gothic with nine altars and three chapels inside. You can see the second largest organ, with French origins, in Mexico.

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