Visit the Museo & Templo de Guadalupe, the museum has a lot of colonial paintings owned by Franciscans, almost all very large & kind of dark, very interesting museum even more of some in Zacatecas.
There's a Fantastic library with very antique books.
There is a section that's really incredible in the museum, there are a lot of paintings about friers, that follow your steps with their eyes.
Near this section there is a room where you can see, throw a window, the inside part of the church, when there is a celebrations it is a good idea.
The trip toward the mine is carried out by some funny cars, that prevents any car accident, the visit is absolutely sure, in the place where you take the car, there is stores of crafts, where you could find from a small stone, until an enormous rock with srystals inside.
In the teleférico you go from the top of a mountain to another crossing part of the city. the view is fantastic and is an unforgetable experience, for the children specially, the [teléferico] has capacity for 6 people and they relate you their history during the journey.
This muesum is very original not only for the theme of the exposition but the great building where this exposition is at. It was a convent that was distroy. But it keep almost all the structure and now have great gardens.
The exposition is about a mask collection from all mexico.
The mina del eden is one of the most popular places, getting inside there is fantastic and is cold too coz you go very deep into the mine. One of the ways to get inside is by a little train. Is very cool try to imagine the way of living and working of the miners in that time.
Colonial, the full city is a museum by itself.
Rafael Coronel or Museo de las Mascaras, photographers will love it. Built inside an old convent, restored to beauty. It has a great huge colection of mask and prehispanic pottery. Walk the garden and see the church. A dream of a jewel.
Museo Manuel Felguerez, it's better if you get there walking, try Tolosa street, almost in the fuente de los conquistadores there is a tight hidden arch next to a store that sells ice, that is the door way to a very nice callejon, walk up the stairs and you will find the museum, the entrance by crossing a small plaza.
There is an CONACULTA book store there, worth to see.. then discover the museum that is located in what it was a female jail.. feel the energy in the corridor and sit to watch the Osaka murals..
Museo de Arte Popular Mexicano
Walk the street behind the theater on Hidalgo ave, almost next to the ex convento de san agustin, you will read a sign saying Museo de Arte popular mexicano, walk up the stairs once more.. did you find the colors? That is beauty, one of the most precious indigenous groups alive in Nayarit and Zacatecas.. discover the Huicholes.. have you ever heard of Peyote? Huiricuta, then, here is there.
Museo de la Toma de Zacatecas
Everytime I visit la Bufa I stop in the church and the Museum, the observatory, see the Mausoleum and climb the rocks, the best i like is the top from the east of the mountain. The museum is tiny but worth, it tells you about what happened in Zacatecas and why we had a revolution.. then you will see what happened to the indigenous who gave their hard work to the spanish while mining their wealth from the mines sent to the spanish crown.. then you will know.
Museo Ex Convento de Guadalupe
If you drive to the east, visit Guadalupe and sit in their main plaza, there is the Golden Cieling in the Capilla de Napoles, beautiful religious art.
Visit the museo de guadalupe, see the murals, their colonial perspective will make you feel they follow you!
Bufa is an old Spanish word for wineskin, which the peak looks like with a little imagination, or wine or both;-\ The peak is norhteast of the city center and is topped with large rock outcroppings. From atop here, the views out over the City and beyond are memorable. You can get up here with the Teleferico; there is a road, the Carretera de la Bufa, going north from the City center - follow roadsigns to the La Bufa; or you can use a footpath that begins just east of the Cathedral. Atop the peak is the Museo de la Toma de Zacatecas, a weather station and La Capilla de la Virgen del Patrocinio, named for the patron saint of miners and Zacatecas. Around 8 September, thousands of pilgrims make their way to the chapel en route to the healing powers inherent within the 18th century altar's image of the Virgin.
Unlike the many colonial churches in Zacatecas, this one was built just a few decades ago as a neo-gothic replica of a church in Fatima, Portugal. The original Portuguese church stands on the site where three sheperd children were said to have seen visions of the Virgin Mary in 1917 and is a major piligrimage destination for Catholics.
Guadalupe is a small town with a lovely church and attached monastery, now a museum. It is an easy day trip from Zacatecas.
The Viceroyal Museum of Guadalupe (Museo Virreynal) is located in what was the Colegio de Propaganda Fide de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, founded in 1707 by Friar Antonio Margil de Jesus. The aim of the Colegio was to train monks in the evangelization of infidels in the north zone of New Spain. Inside there is a large collection of viceroyal paintings and original furniture. The upper and lower cloisters are covered with paintings of the Passion of Christ and the life of St. Francis of Assisi, respectively.
The architecture of the monastery is completely barroque, even though parts of it weren't constructed until the 19th century.
In the building adjacent to the art gallery is a transport museum with a collection of old vehicles.
For the first two days that I spent in Zacatecas, the cable car was not running due to high winds. On my third and final day I woke up early and headed to the cable car immediately, knowing it was my last chance to take in the view that would surely be spectacular. I was not disappointed! I walked up to the lower entrance on Cerro del Grillo (which is conveniently close to the exit of Mina El Eden), paid my 25 pesos ($2.50 CAD/USD) for a one-way ticket, and got on the first cable car that was leaving. The views from the cable car truly are spectacular. You feel as though you are floating over the city (okay, because you kind of are), and you can see each and every little detail on the ground that is not that far below you. Although I got up to the top on the first cable car, the wait to get back was more than an hour. Entertainers keep kids in line from getting too bored by doing magic tricks and handing out balloons (tip them, please, if they do something special for your child!), but if you don't like waiting it might be worth your time to walk down (steep but not too far).
The cable car, or 'teleferico,' offers a fantastic bird's eye view of the entire city and its surroundings, for those who are not afraid of heights. It was built in 1979 by a Swiss company, which, according to the explanation on the ticket, 'gurarantees that it will function in complete safety.' The operator will be happy to point out churches and other points of interest as you pass from one hill to the other on a cable far above the city streets.
The journey takes eight minutes and will carry you 650m from one station to the other, at a leisurely pace of 1.5 m per second.
The cable car station is open daily 10am to 6pm, and one-way tickets cost 21 pesos.
Built between 1729 and 1752, the pink stones relect the ultimate in Mexican baroque. Built by the exceedingly affluent silver barons, the front facade is simply magnificient. Inside, the cathedral is rather plain, belying the former riches that used to lie within only to be looted by this army or that .
The family in the foreground of the picture is the Castaneda family, my glorious hosts for the daytrip from Aguascalientes. I had been involved in an eyeclinic in Aguascalientes and the family volunteered to show me a little of his region of Mexico in return. They had asked me which of the two Silver Cities I would like to see - Guanajuato or Zacatecas - both being about equidistant from Aguascalientes in opposite directions. I asked which they would choose ..... and off to Zacatecas we went!
Just to the north of the fabulous cathedral is an open square - the Plaza de Armas. On the east side, dating from the 18th century, is the Palcio de Gobierno. In the main staircase is a fine painted mural depicting the history of Zacatecas State. More government offices are housed on the west side of the square in the white Palacio de la Mala Noche - built in the 18th century for owners of the neraby Mala Noche mine.
Not quite as magnificent as the Cathedral, the Templo was built by Jesuits in the 1740's. With the expulsion of the Jesuits from the New World in 1767, this church was taken over by Dominican monks. The baroque exterior is more sober than the Cathedral, but inside, there are some elaborately gilded baroque side altars with a magnificent staricase. The church is the second most important in the city.
Next to the Templo, in a former Jesuit college, is the Museo Pedro Coronel. Coronel was an affluent Zacatecan artist who collected art from around the World and produced soem pieces of his own. The museum is one of Mexico's finest provincial art museums.