With more than 20 venues to choose from, there is something for almost every artistic taste in Zacatecas. The Pedro Coronel Museum, housed in the former Jesuit college of San Luis Gonzaga, exhibits Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Mayan, Aztec and African pieces, as well as paintings by Picasso, Braque, Delacroix, Dali, Leger, Vasarely, and Miro. In a similar style building, the Rafael Coronel Museum houses the world's largest collection of masks. Other highly recommended museums include the Manuel Felguerez gallery, with a large body of work by the artist of the same name; the Francisco Goytia Museum; the Episcopal Gallery, with religious art belonging to the diocese of Zacatecas; the Toma de Zacatecas Museum, which focuses on the battle for Zacatecas during the Revolution; and the Zig-Zag Interactive Science Museum, guaranteed to absorb hungry young minds.
Two blocks from the Cathedral you'll find the Museo Pedro Coronel, home to one of Mexico’s greatest art collections. Assembled by Mexican artist Pedro Coronel, a native of Zacatecas, the museum consists of two storeys filled with priceless art from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East: on display are original works by Picasso, Dali, Chagall, Miro, and Goya, while the museum's ancient treasures include Greek pottery and Egyptian art from the 16th century B.C. The museum is housed in the beautiful 17th-century Jesuit Colegio de San Luis Gonzaga. (Museum closed on Thursdays).
Rafael Coronel, brother of Pedro, has donated a collection of 3,700 masks that are the centerpiece of the lovely Museo Rafael Coronel. Housed in a wing of the crumbling 17th-century Ex-Convento de San Francisco (Ex-Convent of St. Francis), the museum rambles through arched corridors and flowering courtyards. There are works by Diego Rivera and a fine collection of antique puppets and colonial-era terracotta pottery and figurines. (Museum closed on Wednesdays).
Housed in the elegant French-style former Governor’s residence, the Museo Goitia features various artworks representing 90 years of Zacatecan artistic tradition. Emphasis is on the work of renowned painter Francisco Goitia. (Museum closed on Mondays). The Museo De Guadalupe: Perhaps Mexico’s finest collection of colonial-era paintings is located about 10 kilometers east of the historic center in the Templo de Guadalupe, founded in 1707. The collection includes dozens of religious paintings, housed in an ex-Franciscan convent of extraordinary beauty. (Museum closed on Mondays).
Finally, the Centro Interactivo De Ciencias Zig Zag (Zig Zag Interactive Science Center) is an interactive science museum for kids that opened its doors in 2005. The museum consists of 12,000 square feet containing more than 60 exhibits, and displays of both natural and scientific themes. Individual halls include the Energy Hall, Matter and Movement Hall, Wave Hall, Fluids and Electricity Hall, Magnetism and Electronics, and a hall dedicated to mathematics.