Cultural Explorations

Two Acapulco museums offer a wealth of history for clients

By: Deborah Dimond

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Religious relics showcase the
importance of Catholicism to
the local culture.
In the heat of Acapulco’s vibrant transformation, billions of dollars worth of new construction is shooting up all over town. This modern city is buzzing with eclectic shopping areas and a dizzying nightlife. But in the glimmer of neon lights, a visitor could forget that Acapulco is indeed a very old city.

Clients looking to explore the city’s origins will enjoy two museums in the heart of downtown that highlight Acapulco’s historical past.

San Diego Fort
Built in the early 1600s, the San Diego Fort is home to the Acapulco’s History Museum. High in the hills, the fort overlooks the city and its impressive port. Once the most important Spanish fortress along the Pacific Coast, the building now stands as a memorial to the rich culture that is rooted in the area.

Visitors will quickly notice the building’s unique shape; it is strategically built in the shape of a five-pointed star. Navigating from one point of the star to another, visitors can explore the 15 exhibit halls on a self-guided tour.

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A working drawbridge marks the
entrance to the San Diego Fort.
On display are relics and accounts from Acapulco’s rich historical past. Exhibits highlight the first inhabitants native to the region, the conquest of the Southern Seas, trade with Asia, piracy in the Pacific and the Mexican War of Independence.

Visitors can also imagine what life was like in the old fort as they wander through a replica kitchen and chapel or along the fort’s roof.

While there are no English-speaking tours, exhibit signs throughout the museum are in both English and Spanish.

The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 9:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., with free admission on Sunday.

Casa de la Mascara
Situated just steps from the San Diego Fort is the Casa de la Mascara or House of Masks. This small museum houses a private collection of masks from all over the world. The centerpiece of the permanent exhibition is the native masks from the Guerrero region. These colorful, funky and sometimes frightening disguises illustrate cultural traditions and beliefs held by the ancient people. The museum is free of charge and a nice complement to the history of the San Diego Fort.


Acapulco Convention and Visitors Bureau
744-484-8555 Casa de la Mascara
Calle Hornitos y Morelos s/n.

San Diego Fort
Calle Hornos s/n, Centro


Emporio Hotel
This hotel is geared for the hip and trendy. The lobby and rooms are decorated in a modern minmalistic motif.

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Fairmont Acapulco Princess
Fairmont Acapulco Princess Hotel
This unique pyramid-shaped hotel allows guests who miss their pets to borrow one during their stay.

Fairmont Pierre Marques Hotel
Once the hideaway of J. Paul Getty, this property is known for its private bungalows.

Hotel Mirador
This hotel is the perfect spot for watching local cliff divers.

Hyatt Regency Hotel
Popular with conventions, this hotel is located in the heart of downtown.

Las Brisas Hotel
The famous pink hotel is an excellent choice for honeymooners.

Quinta Real Hotel
This property caters to distinguished guests who want to lounge on a private beach.