Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and More: Visiting Mexico City’s House Museums
From the ancient Mayan temples of Xochimilco to the colorful murals of the Palace of Fine Arts to the Aztec pyramids of Teotihuacan, Mexico City has a rich and exciting history. These museums, tucked away in charming old houses all over town, tell some of that history in fascinating and revealing ways.
Museums like the Palace of Fine Arts, where the ancient Maya left their cultural and architectural impact, are open for guided tours.
These museums are located in some of Mexico City’s historic mansions, mostly at the fringes of the historic city of the same name. They’re small but they offer a great window onto the past, present, and future of Mexico.
The House Museums
The Palace of Fine Arts is an impressive collection of the greatest art in the world, assembled over centuries by a single family (a wealthy merchant family). The museum has a vast scope of art dating back to its Roman and Greek origins up to the Renaissance and Baroque periods.
The museum houses some of the great masterpieces of art, including Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam” (1451-1512), which the museum displays for free to anyone who wishes to see it. The museum also has paintings, sculptures and other objects from some of Mexico’s pre-Hispanic cultures, including Aztec gods, Mayan gods and human sacrifices.
The museum is on Calle José Zorrilla, between the Puente de Obregón and Catedral de Mexico buildings.
The Museo del Aztecas is a vast and stunningly beautiful mansion with a history of its own. It was the home of the wealthy Mexican businessman Carlos Slim, which gave the museum its name. The museum is a large, two-story building that has many rooms, some of which open to the street. It’s