As the capital of Michoacan and the state's largest city, Morelia is home to an important concentration of culture, including museums, cultural centers and exhibition centers. Two museums are dedicated to the local and national hero Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon: the Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon House Museum and the Morelos Birthplace. Both boast astounding baroque architecture, studded with neoclassical features, and both have been Morelos's home at different times in his life. Both museums house paintings, photographs, furniture and miscellany from the fascinating era that shaped Morelos's revolutionary ideals and inspired him to take up arms in defence of Mexico's freedom.
While in Morelia, don't miss the stunning Colonial Art Museum, which shows off some of this beautiful city's colonial gems in the heart of its historic downtown. The museum displays an array of works from the vice-regal period, documents, books, paintings, furniture, artefacts and photographs from the time of the conquest, a brutal yet culturally rich period in which the Spanish brought their tastes and traditions to Mexico.
Another museum well worth a visit is the Mask Museum in the city’s historic downtown, with its display of 167 peculiar ethnic objects and masks made from natural materials from each of the states of Mexico. Entry is free, and once inside its corridors, you'll enjoy an unsurpassed overview of the country's culture and diversity.