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Instituto Cultural Cabanas

Hospicio 8 | Colonia Centro, Guadalajara 44100, Mexico
52 33 36176734
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Ranked #1 of 111 attractions in Guadalajara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Traveler Description: The Hospicio Cabañas was built as an orphanage in the early 19th century. Its deconsecrated church was decorated with a famous series of murals by... more »
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159 reviews 159 reviews
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This is BY FAR the best museum in Guadalajara. This museum was originally built as a house of charity and mercy for abandoned children and the homeless in 1810. Today the Neo-Classical structure and its twenty-three (!) separate courtyards houses the city's most impressive works of modern and contemporary art. The structures within the many courtyards remind me of the... More

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Guadalajara, Mexico
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Not much inside. One amazing room but the modern art was very Warhol-esque. Not my deal. Big inside but not much to see.

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Culver City, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The Instituto is an interesting place to wander around without a plan .... just drifting between the many patios. I had thought there would be more formal art exhibits ........ but it's more about the patios and the architecture and just spending a relaxing afternoon .....

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The murals are amazing. His work fits the space so well. I went on a Sunday morning and there were very few people there. There was a tour but it was in Spanish but almost everybody else touring the institute went on the tour so as long as I was in a different part of the institute I pretty much... More

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Jackson, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This is a must see while in Guadalajara, We spent close to two hours just wandering around. The art in the court yards are very interesting but the murals as you first walk in are breath taking. Make sure its on your list!

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

The best way to appreciate the murals is with one of the free guided tours (they run about every 90 minutes). Tip the guide if you feel so inclined.

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City of Durango, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

It was a site that is listed as a preserved building of importance in the world, so we had to see it. We did not know that it was an orphanage years ago. The murals inside were amazing. But the place was sooo big that we could not see all of it. Get there early.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

You must go to the hospicio cabañas and wait for the guided tour so that you can make the most of your visit. It is totally worthwhile.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

........for art enthusiasts, the institute is a must see in Guadalajara for the murals. The times that I have visited there have always been interesting contemporary or historic exhibits too. Very worthwhile.

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Zapotlán el Grande
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

World Heritage... History, arts, local folklore.. You have to discover everything in every corner of the build

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