The Great (And The Offbeat) Museums of Mexico City
PHOTO: The Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino. (Courtesy Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino)
With hundreds of museums and cultural buildings to explore, it’s no wonder that Mexico City has earned the title as the city with the most museums.
Granted, quantity doesn’t always translate to quality. But, never fear culture vultures, the museums in Mexico’s capital city will not disappoint.
We offer you 10 of Mexico City’s best (and most offbeat) museums:
Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino. It’s hard to imagine a visit to Mexico City without a visit to this museum, which houses the largest –and among the most impressive--private collections of works by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Additionally, this rambling stone house, once known as the Hacienda La Noria, is home to an impressive collection of woodcuts and illustrations from Angelina Beloff, a Russo-French painter and Rivera’s companion when he was just starting out.
Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo. Located on the campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, this museum, known as MUAC, was designed by renowned architect Teodoro González de León. Inside its minimalist glass walls, visitors will find multimedia installations, sculptures, audio installations and paintings.
Museo Nacional de Antrologia. With its impressive collection of anthropological and archaeological artifacts from the pre-Columbian era, including the Stone of the Sun and the Aztec Xochipilli statue, it’s easy to see why this museum is the largest and most visited museum in Mexico.
Museo de Arte Popular. Located in a former firehouse, this museum is all about the preservation of Mexican folk art and handicrafts, including textiles, pottery, glass and furniture. Don’t miss the displays of pinatas and alebrijes, colorful sculptures of fantastical creatures.
Museo Nacional de Historia. Follow Mexico’s history from its foundation as part of the Spanish Empire through the Mexican War of Independence up to the Revolution of 1910. The top floor is home to two sections with dioramas that recreate the time when Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico (von Habsburg) and his wife Princess Charlotte of Belgium lived there.
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Museo de la Caricatura. Fans of cartooning won’t want to miss a visit to this eclectic museum, which in addition to showcasing the history of political (and not so political) cartoons in Mexico, also offers workshops in cartooning and drawing.
Museo del Calzado El Borceguí. Shoe lovers (and those with a bit of a fetish) will thrill at the more than 2,000 shoes on display, including those belonging to Carlos Fuentes, Louis XIV of France, Magic Johnson and Neil Armstrong’s lunar boots. Imelda Marcos, we hardly knew ‘ya.
Interactive Economics Museum. Who knew economics could be so interesting? Apparently the people behind the world’s first museum dedicated exclusively to the study of economics. Broken into five concept areas, visitors can design their own currency and even visit a simulated market.
Museo del Tequila y el Mezcal. For those who love tequila and mescal, this is a must-visit if for no other reason than the roof-top bar, which doles out samples.
Museo del Objeto del Objeto. Dedicated to everyday objects, this museum is all about design, both graphic and industrial. Want to know all about commercial packaging, advertising or any other number of things? Come by.
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