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Discover Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in Mexico City


Besides being important Mexican artists, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera were also compelling personalities. Visit these sites in Mexico City to learn more about their lives and work. You'll see some of the places where they lived, and be able to see their art up close and in person.

Casa Museo Frida Kahlo

Casa Azul
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Frida Kahlo's family home, known as the Casa Azul, or "Blue House" is where Frida spent her childhood as well as the final years of her life. The home has been turned into a museum where visitors can admire many of the rooms in the state they were at the time of Frida's death, decorated with her unique style.

Londres 247, on the corner of Allende in Coyoacan. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.

Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo

Museo Casa Estudio Rivera Kahlo
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Designed by Mexican architect and painter Juan O'Gorman in 1931, this avant-garde home was actually two separate houses joined by a walkway. Frida and Diego lived here between 1934 and 1940, and Rivera returned here to live after Frida's death in 1954. Now one of the architectural monuments of the area, the building also contains some of Rivera's art as well as the couple's personal belongings.

Diego Rivera 2, corner of Altavista in Colonia San Ángel Inn, Delegacion Álvaro Obregón. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.

Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli

Museo Anahuacalli
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This museum houses Diego Rivera's extensive collection of Prehispanic art. The building was designed by Rivera in the form of a pyramid but was not completed until after his death. The name Anahuacalli means "house surrounded by water." Inside there are four rooms, each dedicated to one of the forces of nature.

Calle Museo 150, Colonia San Pablo Tepetlapa, Delegacion Coyoacan. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.

Palacio Nacional

Murales Palacio Nacional
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The Palacio Nacional contains several walls of murals by Diego Rivera, entitled the "Epic of the Mexican People in their Struggle for Freedom and Independence," which depicts over two thousand years of Mexican history.

Palacio Nacional, east side of the Zocalo, Mexico City's main square. Open Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 9 am to 2 pm.

Museo Mural Diego Rivera

Museo Mural Diego Rivera
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This is a small museum that was built specifically to house Rivera's mural "Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park." The mural was originally painted on a wall in the Hotel Prado, which was damaged in the 1985 earthquake and later demolished. The mural is 45 feet long and 12 feet high and contains numerous historical figures.

Corner of Balderas and Colón in the Historical Center near Alameda Park. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.

Museo Dolores Olmedo Patiño

Dolores Olmedo Patino Museum
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This museum houses a large selection of both Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera's work. Located in the home of Dolores Olmedo Patiño, who at one time posed for Diego Rivera, and later became his mistress and an important patron.

Avenida México 5843, Colonia La Noria, in Xochimilco. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.

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