Yesterday, I decided to do another day of just walking throughout Mexico City crossing things off my list of things to see.
A total of 9 hours of walking.
My feet hurt today.
Anyway, I left at around 10:30 AM to first check out this museum close to me.
Called the Museo de los Ferrocarrileros.
Meaning “the Museaum of Railways” in English.
Living in the northern part of Mexico City near Lindavista, it seems to be the second and only other museum in this area according to Google Maps.
The other one being this wax museum that I wrote about here.
So how was it?
Arriving to the Museo de Ferrocarrileros
So I walked over to Metro Villa first.
From this, I saw this cool little painting on the wall.
It happens to be basically in front of the Basilicia.
For those who don’t know, the Basilica is a very important religious and somewhat touristy site in northern Mexico City that I wrote about here.
You’ll eventually find a sign pointing you in the right direction for where you need to go.
Here is the entrance to this museum.
On the day that I went, the entrance was free.
I’m not sure if it’s normally free but it was for me.
I signed by writing down my name on some book at the entrance.
Then this is what I saw here right away.
Some cool artwork and some trains basically.
Right behind me was an older couple who arrived to the museum at around the same time I did.
I noticed that they stopped at this area of the museum here so I decided to check it out also.
As you can see here, you are free to take any book off the table and leave a donation of your choice in a small box right next to it.
The man of the older couple took a book and left 10 pesos (50 cents).
I’m guessing that’s probably an appropriate amount to leave or whatever you prefer really.
Initially, I thought of taking a book to maybe practice my reading skills in Spanish but none of the books looked interesting to me.
There were a few in what looked like French funny enough.
A couple of books on computer programming.
With a few religiously themed books.
And the rest looked like much older fiction novels on romance, love, etc.
Being the most alpha hardcore 17 inch dick swinging motherfucker who eats nails for breakfast, I couldn’t ever been seen reading a romance novel.
Nor do I have any aspirations for computer programming.
So I left the books behind and checked out the rest of the museum.
A Movie at the Museum
Inside the first room of the museum, an older man walked in behind us and led us into another room to watch a small movie.
It was roughly 15 minutes more or less so not really a movie.
But some information anyhow regarding the history of railways in Mexico.
Here’s where I was.
The older man had difficulty setting is up. Not working right away or something.
So the old man in the couple walked up to check on it.
Anyway, it finally got working as you can see here.
What did I learn from this impressive film?
Well, the old man in the couple sure liked it!
As we were watching, he was mentioning to his wife stuff like “ah yes, so true!”
So I guess he must be old enough to remember some of the history when it happened.
It was an alright film anyhow.
I learned how much railways helped transport people and things across Mexico much quicker than they could before.
And they had some old dude talk about how “marvellous” the invention of railways was to Mexico.
And how, if I understood right, it helped poor people in rural areas to better access nearby cities for better opportunities.
So on and so on.
Anyway, the film ended soon enough.
Then we all walked out of that room to see the rest of the museum.
The Rest of the Museum
The rest of the museum basically has a few artifacts, a presentation of a railway and a lot of historical information on the walls.
The historical information either being test you can read or images from the time that railways were becoming popular.
Some information about Mexico being in a shit ton of debt and having to reorganize its public spending in relation to railways.
To some communist dude and railway workers going on strike at one point.
So on and so on.
Anyway, why do you need me to explain this?
After all, I took pictures of basically everything so that you can feel like you’re in the museum with me!
Here’s all of the images I took inside the 3 rooms that you’ll find yourself walking through as you go through everything they have.
Once I finished my time in the third room, I walked back outside.
Right away, you can see this little train here.
Then I decided to leave the museum since there was nothing else to see.
Was it worth it?
Final Verdict: Worth it?
If you happen to really like the history of railways or specifically railways in Mexico, then this the THE PLACE for you.
Having said, if you don’t care too much about the history, I wouldn’t go out of my way to visit this place.
Granted, the main reason why you would otherwise visit this museum is if you happen to be visiting the Basilica nearby.
The Basilica, as I said, is the main attraction of the area and this museum is only a 5 minute walk away.
So if you got an extra 30 minutes to kill, why not check it out?
You’ll only need that much time anyhow to get through the museum.
So it’s not a big time commitment.
And, for me anyway, the entrance was free.
As I said, I’m not sure if it’s normally free but it was for me.
And even if they did charge for it normally, I can’t imagine it’s a big expense.
The wax museum that I mentioned earlier was only a dollar to enter.
So it’s really not any commitment time or money wise.
On top of that, if you want to practice your Spanish, this place can be a good spot to visit.
After all, they have plenty of Romance, religious and computer programming books for you to read!
I wasn’t interested but keep in mind that a visit could come with basically a free book.
Who doesn’t like free books?
So, in short, I’d say it’s worth a small visit if you happen to be in the area.
Anyway, that’s all I got to say.
For those curious, I continued my walk today by heading over to Bosque de San Juan de Aragon in Mexico City as you can read here.
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