Toluca, the capital of the State of Mexico, is the nation’s highest city at an elevation of 8,800 feet above sea level. Most people don’t consider it a cultural capital, yet the heart of the city is home to many unexpected artistic and historical surprises. Less than an hour away from Mexico City, it should definitely be considered a destination for locals and tourists alike.
Of particularly interest is the Cosmovitral, the world’s largest stained glass structure, which tells the story of mankind and the duality of nature in an impressive art nouveau building which also boasts an expansive botanical garden.
Within walking distance, the Museum of Fine Arts, once a 17th century Carmelite Convent, houses an eclectic collection of viceregal and modern artwork, including paintings, sculptures and decorative pieces.
Many murals grace the walls of the city’s government buildings.
Then there are several small museums to pick and choose from – the Numismatic Museum, the Print Museum, the Nishizawa Museum, the Jose Velasco Museum, the Felipe Gutierrez Museum and many more, depending on your particular interests.
There is also the nearby Mexico State Cultural Center with three contiguous museums on its campus – all impressive and well worth viewing. These include the State of Mexico’s Anthropology Museum, its Modern Art Museum and a Handicraft Museum, each showcasing outstanding pieces from the region.
Toluca is less than an hour away from Mexico City. Let us plan a cultural tour that will leave you in awe of the city!