Governor's Palace (Palacio de Gobierno)
The illustrious Governor’s Palace has served many purposes over the years, having been occupied by several key figures in Mexican politics—Miguel Hidalgo used the building during the Mexican War of Independence, while Benito Juárez laid a temporary claim at one point in the 20th century. As such, history fans should stop by at least briefly; however, art lovers will especially enjoy wandering the halls of one of Guadalajara’s storied and most important buildings, admiring the stunning Orozco murals as they go.
Things to Know Before You Go
Entry to the Governor’s Palace is free.
Orozco murals can also be found at the nearby Cabañas Hospice, but the Governor’s Palace typically attracts far fewer crowds.
There is a mini museum on the first floor of the Governor’s Palace, but the signage is principally in Spanish.
Both art and history fans will enjoy a brief, self-guided tour of the Governor’s Palace while in Guadalajara.
The Governor's Palace may not be entirely wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
Situated just off the Plaza de Armas, Guadalajara’s Governor’s Palace is easily accessible from several of the city’s principal avenues, such as Avenida Juárez and Avenida Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla. The closest Tren Ligero station is Plaza Universidad, just a couple of blocks away, while any buses that run the length of the aforementioned avenues will leave you within walking distance of the Governor’s Palace.
When to Get There
The Governor’s Palace is open six days a week, from Tuesday to Sunday, and admission is free for all ages. If you want to avoid larger than average crowds, visiting on weekdays is highly recommended, as weekends can be busy. However, this is perhaps one of downtown Guadalajara’s comparatively quieter attractions.
You’ll find the Governor’s Palace in Guadalajara’s central downtown region, surrounded by a number of equally appealing nearby attractions, including the imposing Guadalajara Cathedral with its recognisable yellow spires and the Degollado Theater, fronted by Grecian-esque columns. City tours typically offer visits to all of the above.
- Guadalajara Cathedral
- Guadalajara Wax Museum (Museo de Cera de Guadalajara)
- Mariachi Plaza (Plaza de los Mariachis)
- Tequila Sightseeing Trains
- Guadalajara Historic Center (Centro Histórico)
- Degollado Theater (Teatro Degollado)
- Plaza de Armas
- Hospicio Cabañas
- Templo Expiatorio del Santísimo Sacramento
- University of Guadalajara Museum of the Arts (MUSA)
- Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres
- Pantaleón Panduro Museum (Museo Pantaleón Panduro)
- Selva Mágica
- Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan (Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Zapopan)