Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and More: Visiting Mexico City’s House Museums
A lot of people come to Mexico to gaze up at the murals painted on buildings and visit the museums that dot the city like its soul. This blog is a celebration of the best of these museums.
This is a work of art.
This is what my trip to Mexico City consisted of: sitting in the dark for two-and-a-half hours, trying to stare at murals instead of looking at the surrounding scenery. (Don’t worry—I had at least one long-overdue night’s sleep.)
I was walking to the Museo Milenio, located on Calle Norte, just east of the main square, when I saw the Museum of the City of Mexico in the distance. I was instantly inspired.
You’ll often hear the word “museum” used to describe various cultural institutions (although, you have to wonder: “museum” is always spelled correctly). But why should a city have one? And why would anybody go there?
I was ready for some big ideas. I had just spent a week visiting museums, and I had seen two of the ones in Mexico City. But I wanted more. The museum’s art is truly exceptional. It’s all about the human body.
To get to the Museo Milenio, you pass the Centro de Artes y Conventiones, which is located just across from the Museo Milenio, and you turn right. The Museum of the City of Mexico is located just up the block and one block south.
I was struck by how small the Museum of the City of Mexico is when the Museo Milenio is so large. After spending nearly a week in Mexico City, I decided I wanted to see the whole city. I have to admit, I wasn’t planning on visiting the Art Museum or other museums. I just wanted to wander the streets and take in the atmosphere.
I walked from the Museo Milenio to the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (the Contemporary Art Museum) and then to Plaza de Armas, the city’s main plaza. I couldn’t have asked for anything better