WHO ARE WE?
Tlatelolco’s Cultural Center (CCU Tlatelolco) is a multidisciplinary complex that belongs to the Mexico’s National Autonomous University (UNAM). Among its many activities are the research, analysis publication and diffusion of topics related to art, history and the struggle for democracy and human rights.
The cultural center is housed in a twenty storey marble tower that was designed in 1950 by the Mexican architect, Pedro Ramírez Vázquez. The building has recently become a landmark in Mexico City, thanks to the intervention of the artist Thomas Glassford, who wrapped the building in a net of blue and red neon lights that when lit up at night, provide an abstract glow to the entire Northern area of the city.
The center is located next to the Three Cultures Plaza (Plaza de las Tres Culturas), where are found side by side iconic examples of pre-hispanic, colonial and modern architecture.
CCU Tlatelolco hosts permanent and temporary exhibitions. Also, it has a school of arts and an active program of music concerts, academic conferences and cinema festivals.
HOW TO GET HERE?
CCU Tlatelolco is located in Ricardo Flores Magón 1 Col. Nonoalco Tlatelolco CP. 06995 –it’s almost on the corner of Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas-.
The one street (Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas) that passes the Palacio de Bellas Artes on the left and Garibaldi on the left. The road then goes through a tunnel and the CCU Tlatelolco is at the following crossroad (Ricardo Flores Magón)
Other routes include: Paseo de la Reforma and turn at Ricardo Flores Magón and the CCU Tlatelolco is on the following corner on the right; by subway Garibaldi and a short walk up Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas; or by subway Tlatelolco and walking over Eje 2 Norte, then turn right at Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas, in the following corner turn left at Ricardo Flores Magón and on the left side is the cultural center.
If you are visiting us via Garibaldi subway, then you can walk by Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas or take the trolley bus north. The nearest trolley bus stop to the CCU Tlatelolco is called “Flores Magón”.
If you have a car, one option is to take Paseo de la Reforma and then turn right on the Cuitláhuac roundabout to take Ricardo Flores Magón, or you can drive all through Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas and turn right to take Ricardo Flores Magón avenue.
Sundays free entrance
Schedule: Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 to 18 hours.
Guided visits are available, and other activities that will make you enjoy all of the spots and expositions in a different way.
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Memorial 68Memorial 68 is a symbolic space dedicated to the Mexican students’ movement of 1968 where concepts like injustice, institutional violence, human rights, peaceful protest, political prisoners and democracy are discussed.
In 1968, Mexico was under the authoritarian regimen of the President Gustavo Díaz Ordaz. The country had a growing economy and it was going to host the Olympic Games, but civil society demanded more democratic reform. Social tension was high and the protests were increasing on the streets. The conflict reached its limits on October 2nd 1968, when a peaceful meeting a thousand students in Three Cultures Plaza in Tlatelolco was heavily repressed by the military. No one knows how many people were killed in the measure.
Museum of TlatelolcoIn pre-hispanic times Tlatelolco was the twin city of Tenochtitlán, the capital of the Aztec Empire. It had the biggest market in Mesoamérica and became the last place of the indigenous resistance after the fall of Tenochtitlán.
Travel through Tlatelolco’s ancient past as told through the 400 artifacts found in the site of this pre-hispanic city. Audio and videos interact with the pieces to show what happened 500 years ago.
There are many innovate propositions for the museum: artistic installations, spaces provided for scientific experimentation and technological elements that can enrich your visit. In other hand, you will be able to participate on the project “The brain and the art”, where you can discover our visual perception through the pre-hispanic mural painting.
Stavenhagen CollectionWitness the pre-hispanic past from an artistic perspective through the extraordinary pieces that were part of the collection of the German/Mexican sociologist Rodolfo Stavenhagen.
This museum displays more than 500 pieces from different cultures that depict the life of pre-hispanic man. Shamanism, life and death, rituality, diseases, sexuality and family are part of this collection. This thematic exposition contributes to appreciate the diversity, richness and creativity of the Mesoamerican groups.