If you have three days to dedicate to Guadalajara, you can see the best of the city center and explore surrounding natural landscapes. Explore the Old Town, spend time tasting tequila in the countryside, and get off-the-beaten path in Zacoalco. Here’s how to make the most of a 3-day visit.
University of Guadalajara Museum of the Arts (MUSA)
Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat-Sun 10am-4pm. Closed Mondays.
Av. Juarez N 976, Centro, Guadalajara, Jalisco, 44100
Founded in 1994, the University of Guadalajara Art Museum was expanded in 2013 and now features the work of many significant Jalisciense artists—such as Javier Arévalo, Carmen Bordes, and Martha Pacheco—across over a dozen exhibition halls.
Many historic center tours—whether on foot or by bike—include a brief stop at the MUSA, typically to admire the Orozco murals. However, if you’re keen to spend more time at the University of Guadalajara Art Museum, visit independently and take advantage of free, on-site guided tours to get an in-depth insight into the artworks on display.
A great day in Guadalajara!
Fernanda is knowledgeable and made the tour interesting and fun. She put the art in the context of the muralist movement and, in the process, gave us a history not only of the art, but also of the city. She is warm and personable and I would definitely go on another tour with her. Thanks for a great day!
Joan_C, Dec 2020
Things to Know Before You Go
The University of Guadalajara Art Museum is one of the best places in Guadalajara to see Orozco murals.
The MUSA is free to enter and there’s an on-site store.
Free guided tours are available on arrival.
The University of Guadalajara Art Museum may not be fully wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
The University of Guadalajara Art Museum is situated on Juárez Avenue, an easy 20-minute walk from both the historic center to the east and popular Chapultepec Avenue to the west. The closest light rail station, Juárez, is a 5-minute walk from the museum, but taxis and rideshares are also inexpensive to MUSA from most parts of the city.
When to Get There
The University of Guadalajara Art Museum is typically open Tuesday through Sunday, from the mid-morning until the late afternoon. The museum closes slightly earlier on weekends and is always closed on Mondays. Visit in the early afternoon to escape the worst of the day’s heat or stop by for the regular special exhibitions.
Art in Guadalajara
Mexico City may be considered the artsiest Mexican city, but Guadalajara is also a worthy destination for art fans. Explore more Orozco murals at the Instituto Cultural Cabañas and the Palacio del Gobierno (Government Palace), before stopping by some of the city’s many contemporary galleries—CURRO and Páramo are excellent examples. Meanwhile, street art tours are an offbeat way of exploring a different side to Guadalajara’s art legacy.
- Templo Expiatorio del Santísimo Sacramento
- Degollado Theater (Teatro Degollado)
- Guadalajara Historic Center (Centro Histórico)
- Plaza de Armas
- Guadalajara Cathedral
- Governor's Palace (Palacio de Gobierno)
- Guadalajara Wax Museum (Museo de Cera de Guadalajara)
- Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres
- Mariachi Plaza (Plaza de los Mariachis)
- Tequila Sightseeing Trains
- Hospicio Cabañas
- Pantaleón Panduro Museum (Museo Pantaleón Panduro)
- Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan (Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Zapopan)
- Selva Mágica