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Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso

Mexico City, Mexico (Centro)
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Ranked #23 of 291 Attractions in Mexico City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
Traveler Description: Founded as a Jesuit College, it became the Escuela Normal after the revolution. A baroque building, and one of the first to be decorated with murals... more »
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Graham, North Carolina
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This is an important stop on your self-guided art history tour of the Mexican Muralists. (or come along with Oaxaca Cultural Navigator. We organize small groups led by an art historian.) These are the earliest Orozco murals. Note the one in the stairway to the second floor of Cortes and La Malinche. Go next door into the UNAM auditorium to... More

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pescara
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Apart from the murals, there was an Exhibition on Darwin when I went, which was rather dull since the artifacts were just reproductions and the whole exhibit was mostly large signs to read.... so the ground floor was the exhibition and upstairs the murals

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Mexico City, Mexico
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

A beautiful old building with a very interesting mix of exhibitions, from contemporary art to more classical. Just the building is worth the trip.

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Mascota, Mexico
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I am at my hotel, and I just returned from Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso. I flew over for three days from Puerto Vallarta, where I live, specifically see to see the murals of Diego Rivera. There is only one here, La creación. It is located in the Anfiteatro Simón Bolívar. It is an early mural work, and is not... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

The museum is housed in an old Jesuit seminary - great setting; beautiful building, stained glass. Orozco/Rivera/Siqueros murals are first rate. This was a very pleasant surprise.

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Orleans
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Just a few steps away from the ring of major sites in the Zócalo (cathedral, national palace, Templo Mayor) is an oasis of peace and quiet and splendid architectural and art to view in the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso. Early works of Orozco, Rivera and others merit a good hour or more to view ... read might be as... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

This building, a former Jesuit seminary, contains murals by the great painters, Rivera, Orozco and Siqueiros. There is also exhibition space for current art exhibitions.

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Mexicali, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Very nice colonial building with Orozco murals. I liked the stained glass window more then the murals. Its worth the visit if you are near by.

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Melbourne Australia
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

This is an obligatory stop for visitors to Mexico City. Its just north of the Cathedral, Zocalo and the Templo Mayor archaeological site, so its easy to combine with visits to those places, as well as with a tour of the wonderful Diego Rivera murals at another nearby location, the old building of the Ministry of Education (SEP). Once a... More

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New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

No Diego. Lots of Orozco, who was fixated on killing the rich. Interesting temp exhibits too. It's OK, may as well see the muralists while you're here.

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