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-Museo Rafael Coronel - Museum, contains a collection of more than five thousand masks with expressions of intense emotions. These are the faces of angels and demons, shepherds and animals, sad or happy men. These are the faces of festivities and popular dances, as the "testuanes" from the municipality of Moyahua and San Miguel de Atotonilco, or the "viejitos" (little old men) from the State of Michoacán.

Along with the valuable masks, around its halls are also exhibits of pottery, marionettes of the 19th century, royal documents, the first banner of the City and some rare paintings by the most famous Mexican muralist Diego de Rivera.

The Museum was inaugurated in 1990 and its name reminisces one of the most important artists of Zacatecas, who employed almost 40 years of his life in the errand of gathering the precious masks that are now the main treasure in the exhibition rooms of this house of culture, whose premises are the colonial cloisters of the former Convent of San Francisco, constructed in the 16th century, but abandoned during the years of the Reform (1855 - 1861)

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    On the outside, the visitor has to take a time to observe the delightful gardens, which, in order of their smart distribution, do not need the intervention or care from men to always look beautiful.

    It is located in the San Francisco Alley (no number), in the Historical Centre, and can be visited from Thursdays to Tuesdays between 10:00 am and 4:30 pm.

    -Museo Pedro Coronel, shelters the most valuable collection of universal art in all Latin America, a vast cultural legacy that gathers Egyptian, Greek and Roman objects as well as other pieces from the Pre-Hispanic civilisations of Central America, along with works by Picasso, Chagall, Dalí, Vassarely, Joan Miró and Goya.

    The priceless collection, gathered through his entire life by the Zacatecan painter Pedro Coronel, includes also several ritualistic masks from diverse cultures of the world, Japanese, African and Thailand's art pieces, relics from the colonial times and many canvases of European and North American masters.

    The Museum was inaugurated in 1983 in the old premises of the Jesuit School San Luis de Gonzaga, which had been built in the 18th century. After the Order was banned, the Dominicans took control of the edifice until the middle 19th century, when it became expropriated by the Government in order of using it as the municipal prison.

    Also in this centenary facilities functions the Elías Amador Library, containing more than 20 thousand volumes from the 16th to the 19th centuries.

    The Museum is located at the front of the Santo Domingo Square. It can be visited from Friday to Wednesday, between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm.

    -Museo de la Toma de Zacatecas, on the day of June 23rd of 1914, the forces commanded by Francisco "Pancho" Villa (the "Centaur of the North"), fought the troops of the Federal Army in the plains of the La Bufa Mountain, resulting in one of the most transcendental actions of the Mexican Revolution.

    The museum, which was inaugurated during the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the historical fight, exhibits a size model that depicts the positions and military strategies practised by both bands, photographs of notable characters of the City, pieces of artillery (cannons, shotguns, rifles and pistols), garments, furniture, coins and bills of the time, among many other objects related to the "Toma de Zacatecas" or the "Seizure of Zacatecas".

    It is located at the plain fields of the La Bufa Mountain and can be visited from Tuesdays to Sundays between 10:00 am and 4:30 pm.

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