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“For Decorative Arts Lovers!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Franz Mayer Museum (Museo Franz Mayer)

Franz Mayer Museum (Museo Franz Mayer)
Alemada Central, Mexico City, Mexico
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Ranked #42 of 401 things to do in Mexico City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Located in a 16th-century Spanish hospital, this museum features a large collection of colonial art.
Chicago, Illinois
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“For Decorative Arts Lovers!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is a lovely decorative arts museum located on the other side of Bellas Artes from the Zocalo. It has a wonderful collection of furniture, paintings, silver and ceramics.

Visited April 2014
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“What a surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

I had gone expecting a modest little collection and was stunned by both the variety of exhibits and the sheer quantity. There were items from south east Asia, Europe, England and Latin America. And a bonus - a temporary exhibition of radios (I'm talking domestic models) from the 1920s to the 1950s. It was fantastic.
Another thing - in this part of the city I struggled to find anywhere to have lunch - in the courtyard of the museum is a super little cafeteria selling decent, modestly priced snacks and light meals, and the seating is in the cool courtyard which has the advantage of being peaceful.

Visited April 2014
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Roanoke, Virginia
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“Great eclectic collection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Spent about 2 hours here before lunch one day. It is a marvelous collection of furniture, pottery, silver, paintings, tapestries, etc from Franz Mayer's personal collection. The venue is wonderful. It is part of a property that was used as a hospital for about 400 years. The entry fee is less than 4 USD. The grounds are very historic and it is a block from Palacio de Bellas Artes in Centro Historico. Loved it.

Visited February 2014
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Bethesda, Maryland
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“An excellent museum to visit in Mexico City”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

This was a private collection of all types of art that has been turned into a museum. The building and grounds are impressive. The artwork is quite varied, but there are some beautiful pieces there. It is a very pleasant way to spend an hour or so. There are two entrances. Enter on Hidalgo, not on the back street through the garage.

Visited November 2013
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Milan, Italy
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“Rich like a royal palace”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

This is not a museum where you are “compelled to learn something”. This is the home of a very wealthy man of the XIX century, which contains his fabulous art collection and riches worthy of a royal palace. You stroll around, moving from wonder to wonder, and you enjoy what you see without asking yourself too many questions. A fascinating and relaxing visit.

The collection includes pieces of everything which is collectible. Many Italian paintings (among them a nice Lorenzo Lotto), many Spanish paintings (with one Ribera and others from the school of Zurbarán), furniture, faiences, carpets, tapestry, screens (amazingly beautiful), wooden statues, high-relief sculptures, magnificent objects for church ceremonies, plates and vases in porcelain, silver and gold artefacts and ornaments, and much more. The building where the museum is hosted was built in the 16th century as a hospital: it is facing a small colonial square, planted with trees and enclosed between two beautiful churches in Baroque style.

The museum is located in the Avenida Hidalgo, in front of the Alameda. It can be easily reached by underground line # 8, at station “Bellas Artes”: the museum is only 100 metres away. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed on Monday. Admission costs 25 Pesos (about 1.5 €) and is free on Tuesday. Infrastructure includes: baggage storage, bookshop, pleasant coffee-shop in the “patio”, lavatories, lift, access for disabled people. Taking photos is allowed, and the lighting is good; no flash allowed.

Visited September 2013
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