Frida Kahlo’s guide to Mexico City

An incredible collection.

by Rashmi Chugani

The iconic Frida Kahlo knew the Mexican capital like the back of her hand. Boasting a prominent art scene, Mexico City houses some of the best museums in the Western Hemisphere. These are the top places where Frida would have spent her afternoons getting inspired and roaming around.

Thought to be on the exact spot where the Aztecs saw their symbolic eagle, perching on a cactus with a snake in its beak.

- Lonely Planet

Franz Mayer Museum 85

Avenida Hidalgo 45

This museum bears the name of Franz Mayer, a rich collector born in Germany who acquired top-quality works of Mexican decorative art including textiles, silver, furniture and ceramics.

- Michelin Guide

Museo Tamayo 79

Paseo de la Reforma y Gandhi s/n Bosque de Chapultepec I

Within its modernist shell, the sleek Rufino Tamayo Contemporary Art Museum contains paintings by the noted Mexican artist as well as temporary exhibitions.

- Fodor's

Museo Soumaya 81

Blvd Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 303

One of Mexico City's newest architectural icons opened in 2011 and includes one of the most valuable collections of art in Latin America.

- Fodor's

Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino 90

Calle Avenida Mexico # 5843

Possibly the most important Diego Rivera collection of all belongs to this museum, ensconced in a peaceful 17th-century hacienda.

- Lonely Planet

Museo Casa De Leon Trotsky 82

Circuito Interior (Avenida Rio Churubusco) 410

The museum is devoted to illuminating the history and ideals of this important figure—and the very different plans he had for Russia.

- Frommer's

Plaza Garibaldi 82

Just off of Eje Central downtown.

If you get a chance for a firsthand experience of this slice of Mexican tradition, go for it and don't be shy!

- Michelin Guide

House of Tiles 83

Francisco I. Madero 4

This 17th-century masterpiece acquired its name, House of Tiles, from its elaborate tile work.

- Fodor's

National Museum of Anthropology 92

Avenida Paseo de la Reforma

This world-class museum stands in an extension of the Bosque de Chapultepec.

- Lonely Planet

Frida Kahlo Museum 89

Calle Londres 247

The Casa Azul (Blue House) where she was born in 1907 (not 1910, as she wanted people to believe) and died 47 years later is both museum and shrine.

- Fodor's

Palacio de Bellas Artes 90

Avenida Juarez y Eje Central s/n

This breathtaking building was completed in 1934 and has been the most important center for fine arts in the country ever since.

- Travel + Leisure

The museum was built in 1986 to house the mural, after its original location, the Hotel del Prado, was wrecked by the 1985 earthquake.

- Lonely Planet

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