Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and More: Visiting Mexico City’s House Museums
In this second of a three-part series, we travel the world to find out how and where to find the most fascinating, unusual, offbeat and interesting historical and cultural sights. The photos below show galleries in Mexico City, Paris and London, all of which offer a unique insight into the unique cultural and historical offerings of each capital city.
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The Museo de las Americas in Mexico City, Mexico City, Mexico (Photo: Alex de la Riva y Cienfuegos/Flickr)
The Museo de las Americas is one of Mexico City’s most unusual museums. It presents three centuries of Mexican and indigenous culture, including more than 4,000 masks, mummies and artifacts that reveal the complexity and beauty of the Aztec, Maya and other native cultures of the Americas. One of the museum’s most significant collection of pre-Columbian artifacts is the Codex K’iche’, the first major pictorial book compiled by the Spanish conquistador Gonzalo, and the first book to be produced in the Americas. This collection is currently on exhibit at the Museo de las Americas.
The Museo de las Americas also has a collection of more than 100,000 books about the Spanish conquistadors. As far as we know, this is the first collection of its kind in Latin America.
One of the best reasons to visit the Museo de las Americas is that the Museo Arqueológico de Zacatecas, or Museum of Archeology from Zacatecas, is located just three blocks away. It contains some of the most important archeological findings in Mexico today, such as the La Venta Mayan site and the city of Tlayaccingo.
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The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, or MAC, in Paris, France (Photo: Gérard Joplin/Flickr)
The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Paris, France, is the best place in the world to see Salvador Dalí’s playful paintings inspired by science, art, design and technology. If the museum’s collection isn’t enough to