During Spring Break, I took my visitors through the Sarape Museum, and they were still game for more museums. (My favorite kind of visitors!) We were hanging out in the Plaza de Armas, so I suggested that we wander through the Museum of Coahuila’s Government Palace, which is located in the back corner of the big, pink, state government building.
Now, for years, I assumed that the state building was off-limits for the public. Then one day, I was at the Plaza de Armas with a friend and her preschooler had to use the bathroom. She just waltzed past the security guards at the entrance and that kid was able to use a beautiful, clean, free, public toilet!
So don´t shy away from entering the state government building on the Plaza de Armas. The metal detectors and guards are a little intimidating, but it´s well worth a visit. One reason for visiting is the Government Palace Museum, which occupies one corner. Like most of Saltillo’s government-run museums, it´s tiny. If one reads fast (or doesn’t have enough Spanish to read much), a visit can take 5-10 minutes.
However, if visitors do like to read, it´s a pleasant way to spend a small portion of an afternoon.
The first part of this tiny museum is a quick overview of Mexican history. Colonialism to the modern day, all in about 5 minutes!
The second part of the museum seemed to go off on a tangent, singing the praises of
Coahuila’s governors. After all, this is the building where the governors go to work everyday. When they’re in their offices, of course.
For those who have ever wondered who Perez Treviño and Nazario Ortiz Garza were–major streets are now named after these men–look no further. This museum will clue us in.
The museum has a third gallery, housing rotating exhibits. At the moment, there are a collection of photographs and some costumes celebrating matachines. No festival in Coahuila is complete without a group of matachines, so it was an appropriate exhibit in the state government building.
However, that which makes a visit inside the state government building most worthwhile isn’t even in the museum. On entering the government palace, look up, or go up a flight of stairs. On the second story is a fantastic mural highlighting key events in history and a few of Coahuila’s most famous citizens.
That mural will bring me back inside the government building. That, and the free restrooms. But I’ll swing through the museum before or after, so they’ll continue to keep the restrooms open to the public.