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Facing the Plaza Tolsá, this neo-classical building was constructed between 1904 and 1911. A statue of Carlos IV stands guard at the entrance of the Museo Nacional de Arte, which was opened in 1982. The marble sculptures now found in the museum's lobby were once displayed in the Alameda Central. The evolution of Mexican art from the pre-Hispanic era to the end of the 19th Century can be seen in the 14 exhibit halls. There are also temporary exhibits.
If you would like to meet Mikhail Gorbachev, Bill Clinton, Pope John Paul II and John Lennon all in the same place, you have the opportunity to do so here. The Wax Museum of Mexico City was inaugurated in 1979 in a beautiful turn-of-the-century Art Nouveau house. The fourteen exhibition halls at Museo de Cera have been especially designed to house the 160 figures that form the museum's collection, which includes famous figures from Mexico's history, as well as national and international sportsmen and women, politicians, fictional characters, rock stars and religious leaders. The museum also houses a cafeteria and souvenir shop.
The Museum of Modern Art is distributed throughout two buildings, providing two entrances. One entrance is accessed off Reforma and the other is found near the Monumento a los Niños Héroes. A sense of calm imbues the well-lit spacious interior. The main hall exhibits a retrospective of the Mexican school of painting, where highlights include works by Leonora Carrington, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Francisco Toledo and Rufino Tamayo. There is a pleasant cafe, along with a bookshop and library. On weekdays, children under ten, students, teachers and senior citizens are admitted free. Sunday is free of charge.
The Castillo de Chapultepec (Chapultepec Castle) was used as the official presidential residence until 1944, when it became the National History Museum. The 20 halls in the two-story building showcase the most relevant political and social changes Mexico has undergone throughout its history. Some of the halls have murals depicting the nation's major historical evolution, painted by such talented Mexican artists such as Eduardo Solares, Juan O'Gorman, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Jorge Gonzalez Camarena. Classical music concerts, temporary exhibitions and other events are frequently scheduled. There is a cafe and library.
A treasure chest of pre-Columbian history and Mexico’s cultural heritage, the National Museum of Anthropology is a defining historical landmark of the country. Located on the bustling thoroughfare of Paseo de la Reforma, the museum complex is one of the most architecturally evolved in the city. Dotted with gardens and ponds, the monumental umbrella-like structure forms the centerpiece of the complex. Home to some of the most precious relics from Mexican history, the 23 rooms along with outdoor gardens display insightful artifacts from even other parts of the world. The monolith Aztec Sun Stone and carved stone statues of Aztec deities are the most visited exhibits in the museum. Accurate replicas of tombs and temples from Mayan civilizations are indisputably some of the most breathtaking displays. The largest and one of the most elaborate museums in the country, the National Museum of Anthropology is considered a national symbol.
A leafy enclave in Coyoacán preserves behind vivid blue walls the legacy of one of Mexico's most iconic artists, Frida Kahlo. Known as the iconic Casa Azul, or Blue House, the Museo Frida Kahlo was the birthplace of the enigmatic painter Frida Kahlo, who also occasionally lived here with her husband Diego Rivera. One of Mexico city's most recognized attractions, the house contains everything from her personal belongings such as jewelry, and unfinished canvases propped on easels, to her traditional tehuana dresses. The museum is lavishly divided into ten rooms, each a splendid glimpse into the artist's extraordinary work and life. Each room takes one on a riveting journey of Kahlo's life that she shared with her artist husband Diego Riviera, from rooms that once rung with animated soirées hosted for their artist friends, to rooms that still hold regional handicrafts that adorned their home. Other exhibits include paper maché skeletons of Judas and pre-Hispanic objects, as well as Kahlo's wheelchair, on display in the studio where she once regularly painted. The house museum spills into a sun-drenched courtyard lined with trees, burning bright with an inspiring legacy left behind by one of the country's brightest and most creative minds.
One of the most important private collections in Mexico, this museum is found surrounded by the outer structure of what was once the Hacienda La Noria, a 17th Century construction which became famous in 1913, when it was occupied by revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata's troops. Here is one of the most important collections by painter and muralist Diego Rivera (approximately 140 pieces) together with twenty-five paintings by sometime-companion and contemporary artist Frida Kahlo, and a considerable number of works by Russian illustrator and printmaker Angelina Beloff. There are examples of pre-Hispanic and popular (Mexican traditional) art, along with a large collection of furniture and other objects from the colonial period. The museum is located in Xochimilco, one of the few sectors of this colossal city that still maintains a provincial air about it.