UNAM is a huge university complex south of Coyoacan in Mexico City. It really is just massive and I spent almost the whole day there trying to get from place to place. It doesn’t tend to be high on most travelers list since it’s pretty out of the way. To get there I took the 3 metro line to Universidad and just followed the hoards of students towards campus. UNAM also has a small scale bus system that circles the campus, they don’t check student IDs so I recommend using it to get from place to place. It’s not an especially gorgeous school but most people visit the Central Library, whose entire facade is covered with a mural by Juan O’Gorman (pictured above). It is so complex and I took about an hour just absorbing the whole piece.
And now, the #1 reason you should visit UNAM…
MUAC – The contemporary art museum at UNAM is incredible. It made the whole trip to campus worth it, if I had missed the museum I would have thought the day was a waste. I would only recommend coming here if you are in Mexico City for 5+ days, it’s not something you should try to hit for just a long weekend based on its distance from anything else. The museum has a very low entrance fee and it’s not crowded.
Gregor Schneider – Kindergarten
Some of the exhibits are a total ~experience~. I couldn’t photograph the coolest ones but one included a pitch black space, scary noises included, with several doors leading into seemingly normal rooms in a home. It was a total trip.
Keep in mind the exhibits change often so you won’t be seeing the same things I did.
Be sure not to miss the Espacio de Experimentación Sonora (Space of Sound Experimentation). My ears were amazed at what they were hearing, I highly recommend sitting back and closing your eyes to really feel the sounds. I have to admit I got a little freaked out because you can only hear what’s inside the room and since I was alone it made me totally aware that the apocalypse could be going on outside and I would have no idea.
The whole space is brand new and totally beautiful. Don’t miss it!