Where to Go / What to Do in Aguascalientes

BULLFIGHTING This old celebration has been practice in Aguascalientes since colonial times. The Great Plaza de Toros de San Marcos was built in a time record of 48 days because of the necessity of a place to hold the bullfights of the Feria de San Marcos, which became more popular with the years. Nevertheless, the passion for the bullfighting art provokes the construction of the Plaza de Toros Monumental in 1974, with a capacity of 15,000 spectators. MUSEO DE AGUASCALIENTES An old porfiriato-period orchard, school for teachers of the revolutionary period and later Normal School for Teachers, the Museum of Aguascalientes offers 4 temporary and 3 permanent exhibition halls, a concert and conference hall, an architectonic legacy which is also part of the cultural treasure of the city. Works of art of the hidrocalidan artists Herrán and Gabriel Fernández Ledesma are exposed here for the visitor to admire. MUSEO DE CIENCIA Y TECNOLOGIA DESCUBRE The interactive museum “Descubre” is created with the purpose of promoting and fomenting the passion for science and technology in the young society of Aguascalientes. Permanent and temporary exhibition halls, an IMAX dome-like screen, multimedia areas, courses, workshops and conferences are conjugated to educate children and grown ups on the technological advances of our world in a dynamic and amusing way. MUSEO DEL FERROCARRIL Situated in the old Train Station and an old warehouse, the Railroad Museum of Aguascalientes recreates the box-office and the waiting room of the station, the telegraph and superintendent office; it also exhibits numerous photographs of the history of the railroad in the community and of the social movements that took place in the city like the labor protests and the Cristera War. MUSEO JOSE GUADALUPE POSADA To a flank of the catholic temple El Encino, we can find this museum dedicated to a recognized artist of Aguascalientes born in a family of bakers in 1852. Jose G. Posada was a sketcher and illustrator of the time of the porfiriato whose artistic work was outstanding, criticizing the lower class exploitation during the government of Porfirio Diaz. This denunciation with humoristic tone appealed to the Mexican people who came closer to art and gained him more followers when he began to illustrate the verses allusive to death than in Mexico are known as “calaveras” (skulls). In the museum there can be found lithographs and illustrations as well as the work of his colleague Manuel Manilla, and also a library with a collection of more than 5,000 books. Also, the visitor can find other 7 museums located in the capital which honor different arts like The Museum of Aguascalientes, The Regional History Museum, The Museum of Cristiada, The Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Science and Technology, and the Bullfighting and Railroad Museums which represent the great pride that the habitants of this city feel for this two state’s icons. SEE THE CITY FROM A STREETCAR The Aguascaliente’s streetcars have organized 3 routes to get to know the capital of the state in the company of a tourist guide. The routes are: The Aguascalentense route, which takes the visitor through the city’s oldest buildings; El San Marqueño route, which includes the San Marcos district, the south of the city and the historical center; and the Rielero route that includes the neighborhood of La Salud, the Station, the Three Centuries and the historical center. Sources: Extract from Internet from the book “El Crecimiento de la Ciudad de Aguascalientes” by Gerardo Martínez Delgado. http://www.geocities.com/revista_conciencia/ciudad.html; Municipal Goverment of Aguascalienes: http://www.ags.gob.mx.

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