It's A Prison! It's A Barracks!

No, it’s City Hall. No, It’s A Museum

The interior of the former City Hall in downtown La Paz will be remodeled to convert it into an art museum. That’s the old cantera stone and wood building on 16 de Septiembre street, just two blocks up from the malecon, across from the Sears store.

The façade will get a face lift but will not be transformed, in a nod to its historic look. It was built in 1910 as a military barracks and later used as a prison, and in 1970 became City Hall for a time.

The museum is currently open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm and has been housing several art exhibits; it is also the home of a government-run library, where visitors can find good literature, even some in English, and some beautiful photography books on the history of Southern Baja, as well as old timey pictures of beaches and mountains.