In terms of culture, Mexico City has always been a hub for history buffs and anthropology lovers. In recent years, it has flourished and become one of the most talked about cities for art, architecture, and design. The Mexican capital has something for everyone, from institutions covering thousands of years of history to the newest in contemporary art. How do you choose with so many options? To start, here are five museums you must visit in Polanco.
Museo Nacional de Antropología
Without a doubt the most iconic museum of the city, this remarkable concrete building in Chapultepec Park is a work of art in and of itself. The National Museum of Anthropology must be at the top of the list for anyone who has ever shown an interest in pre-Hispanic cultures. The museum showcases everything from the original Aztec calendar to gigantic Olmec heads from Veracruz.
Museo Rufino Tamayo
In 1981, famous Mexican painter, Rufino Tamayo, founded the museum with hopes of creating a space where the public could admire 20th century art. He donated his entire collection as well as a number of international contemporary art pieces. Today the institution hosts world-renowned artists on a regular basis. Nestled in Chapultepec Forest, the building feels perfectly positioned among the trees with its natural tones.
Since its opening during the MUCA art fair in 2013, Museo Jumex has made a significant impact on the international contemporary art scene through its big-name exhibitions and foundation. Built by British architect David Chipperfield, the white concrete cube is the primary exhibition space of the private art collection of Eugenio López Alonso — one of Latin America’s most important —including works by the likes of Gabriel Orozco and Damien Hirst.
Museo de Arte Moderno
Located in the Chapultepec Forest, this institution is the product of Mexico City’s 1960s cosmopolitan transformation. Lighting up its interior gallery space with a golden dome, the circular-shaped Museum of Modern Art showcases contemporary works from artists ranging from Diego Riviera to Leonora Carrington. Apart from its world-class temporary exhibits, the museum boasts one of Latin America’s most significant collections of 20th century art.
This museum’s striking building, designed by Fernando Romero, has become a Mexico City icon. Museo Soumaya houses the collections of Mexican billionaire, Carlos Slim. With over 66,000 pieces, it includes works by the Old Masters, the whimsical Impressionists, and holds the largest collection of Rodin sculptures outside of France.
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