Frida Kahlo Museum:
Frida Kahlo's family home, the Casa Azul, or "Blue House" is where the Mexican artist lived most of her life. Visitors to Mexico City who are interested in her life and work should not miss a visit to this museum, which is not only a testament to her life, but also a fine example of early 20th Century Mexican architecture. Those hoping to see her art should plan to visit the Dolores Olmedo Patiño museum and the Modern Art Museum in Chapultepec Park, because there is not much of Frida's or Diego Rivera's art exhibited here.
The house was built in 1904 by Frida's father, Guillermo Kahlo, and was the Kahlo family home. Leon Trotsky stayed here as a guest of Frida and her husband Diego Rivera when he first arrived in Mexico in 1937. Diego Rivera later purchased the home, paying off the mortgage and debt that Frida's father had accumulated during his lifetime. The Casa Azul was converted into a museum in 1958, four years after Frida's death. It is decorated with Mexican folk art and contains Frida's and Diego's personal belongings from the time they lived there.
Each object in the home tells a story: the crutches, wheelchair and corset speak of Frida's medical troubles and physical suffering. The Mexican folk art shows Frida's keen artist's eye, how devoted she was to her country and traditions, and how she loved to surround herself with beautiful things. The couple enjoyed entertaining and their colorful kitchen with clay pots hanging on the walls and on the tiled stove would have been an ideal space for social gatherings. Some of the highlights of the museum include the kitchen, Frida's easel and wheelchair, and the garden with a central pyramid, terracotta pots and a few pieces from Diego's collection of Prehispanic art (more can be seen in the Museo Anahualcalli).
Learn more about Frida's life: Frida Kahlo, Iconic Mexican Artist.
Museum Location and Hours:
The Museo Frida Kahlo is located on Calle Londres number 247 at the corner of Allende in the Colonia Del Carmen Coyoacan area of Mexico City. Opening hours are from 10 am to 6 pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Mondays. General admission is 65 pesos. There is an extra fee for a permit to take photos inside the museum.
Take Metro Line 3 to the Coyoacan Viveros station. From there you can take a taxi or bus, or you can walk to the museum (a 15 to 20 minute walk).
Alternatively, the Turibus does a southern circuit that goes to Coyoacan and visits the Casa Azul. This is an easy way to get here. This is the "Circuito Sur" not the regular Turibus route ("Circuito Centro") , so be sure to get the correct bus.
Official Website: Museo Frida Kahlo
Visit other sites where you can appreciate Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera's life and work: take the Frida and Diego Tour in Mexico City.