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Diego Rivera's legacy

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A 20th century house for the gods. Diego Rivera himself designed -with the help of Frank Lloyd Wright- this impressive space, the Anahuacalli Museum. Impressive for its architecture, which merged the avant-garde with the style of the Aztec teocallis. Surprising for its content, the fabulous artist's personal collection of pre-Hispanic and Mexican folk art pieces.

Upon arrival, you'll be amazed first by the nature surrounding the museum, off the beaten path of cultural tours. Diego Rivera donated a large tract of land as an ecological reserve. The second thing that will surprise you is the large square full of animal sculptures welcoming you. You will feel as if you are in the courtyard of a most peculiar temple. This feeling will get even stronger as you step inside. A space made of volcanic rock with a classical Mayan vault where a very special altar greets you. Light enters through narrow openings covered by very thin stone slabs. Look to your right, to your left, to the ceiling. Paintings and masks are watching you. In one corner, Tlaloc, the water. In another corner, Ehécatl, the wind.

On two levels, the museum has rooms dedicated to the Mexica, Teotihuacan, Western and Mixtec cultures. The wall niches exhibit pots, vases and deities, small characters arranged as if in a giant dollhouse.

The museum also displays pieces of folk art collected by Dolores Olmedo that were part of the Day of the Dead altar she dedicated to the artist each year.

With your admission ticket you can also access the museum of the Casa Azul de Frida Kahlo. The $130 tickets granst you entrance to both museums plus roundtrip transportation on the bus popularly known as the Fridabus, this service just works in weekend.

Remember that you must leave your backpack in the luggage room. Bulky objects or strollers are not allowed inside.

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Museo #150, Col. Coyoacán. 04100

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