The National History Museum at the Castillo de Chapultepec is about as overwhelming as the anthropology museum down the hill: it lays out five centuries of modern Mexican history in intimidating detail through artifacts, decorative objects, portraits, maps, murals, and more. In other words, there's a lot to look at.
Feeling nominally patriotic, we checked it out on Tuesday, a day before Independence Day. We skipped a few centuries in the exhibit halls, fatigued after spending so much time peering into the Hapsburgs residential quarters. But in a temporary exhibit I spotted the piece shown above, a bronze medallion of national hero Miguel Hidalgo designed by Tiffany in New York, and presented as a gift to Francisco Madero in 1910. Very nice.