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Instituto Cultural Cabanas

Hospicio 8 | Colonia Centro, Guadalajara 44100, Mexico
52 33 36176734
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Ranked #2 of 111 attractions in Guadalajara
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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West Hollywood, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

What a beautiful architectural gem. Enhanced by the accidental encounter there with a spectacular art installation by Daniel Buren that apparently will run for six months (so hurry - think it opened March 2014). He transforms most of the myriad interior courtyards with these wonderful interventions. What a happy surprise. Worth a trip just to see this.

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Instituto Cultural Cabanas is a very large, architecturally uniform set of connected courtyards looking for art to be displayed in them. The main dome overlooks the Centro Historico of Guadalajara, and is impossible to miss. Inside the dome and the central building are some wild murals by Orozco. The rest of the complex feels a bit empty. In April, 2014,... More

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Grand Forks, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Looking for art in the city?... your best bet is here. There are incredible murals by one of the "big three" Mexican Revolutionaries on par with Diego Rivera...Jose Clemente Orozco .There is also a great a collection of his drawings, sketches and period sculptures by his contemporaries of mid century art work. Further there was a huge show of the... More

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BRASILIA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

The best thing we did in Guadalajara. Spend half an hour or so lying on your back (on a bench) to admire the stunning murals by Orozco. Top class bookstore with a variety of gifts. Take in the old market at the same time.

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Los Barriles, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Liked the building. Easy to get to within walking distance of the Hotel Morales and worth the exercise. Stop at Alfredo's Croissant shop along the way.

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Brandon, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

José Clemente Orozco frescos are amazing. Was mostly changing over displays while we were there. Tuesday afternoons free admission (+300 pesos to take pics).

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Gaborone, Botswana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

The tour of the cabanas in English was the best tour I've had in Guadalajara. The murals are absolutely amazing, but without the tour guide, I would have not been able to appreciate even a small fraction of what makes them so spectacular. Go to this destination and definitely take a tour!

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Austin, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

I am from México City, accustomed to pay little or nothing for cultural attractions. For us, it is a matter of principle. The minimum wage in México is $150.00 USD per month. To charge $70.00 per person, I think is way too much for the locals. Of course, they offer senior discounts, teacher and student discounts, but our group did... More

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Las Vegas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Well worth the visit. The murals are quite distinctive. Originally a hospital, it was probably ahead of its time for the space it provided.

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Lethbridge, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Very interesting site but I think we expected to see more of the original buildings than just the murals. My fault for not reading up. We paid our entrance fee and a staff member offered us an English tour for free (other than tip). Usually we are wary of these "tour guides" but because we knew nothing about this site... More

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