Guanajuato’s cultural highlights include a remarkable collection of museums. The Alhondiga de Granitas is not only a history museum, but the site of one of the key moments in Mexican history. When the insurgents in the Mexican War of Independence seized the building (originally a granary) from the Spanish in September 1810, it was the first victory for the cause of independence. Today the museum covers almost the entire history of Mexico
, from pre-Columbian cultures up to the 20th-century. Two museums on the Plaza de la Paz are as interest as much for their buildings as the temporary exhibitions they house. The Casa del Conde Rul is famous as one of the most elegant neo-Classical houses in Mexico while next door the Museo Palacio de Los Poderes is located in the former home of the state assembly of Guanajuato. In addition to temporary exhibits, the main assembly room and a committee hearing room are open to visitors. Guanajuato was the birthplace of one of Mexico’s most famous painters, and the Museo Casa Diego Riviera displays a number of his works in his childhood home.