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“Impressive museum in the heart of” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso

Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso
Mexico City, Mexico (Centro)
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Ranked #33 of 423 things to do in Mexico City
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Owner description: This recently restored old college, established by Jesuits in 1588, now hosts various exhibitions.
Mexico City, Mexico
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“Impressive museum in the heart of”
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.

Visited July 2014
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“Worth Seeing”
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 one of my favorites (really not very impressive for the great Diego Rivera).

There are also a number of murals here by José Clemente Orozco. They do not express the passion of the artist's historical and political beliefs -- as the magnificent ones in Guadalajara at the El Instituto Cultural Cabañas do. (I make time to visit them every time that I am in that city.) However, if you haven't seen his work, the murals at this site are good examples of his style.

As for the other things housed in this beautiful structure, I didn't pay too much attention. There was a visiting Darwin exhibit that I didn't see, so visitors should find out what exhibit is featured when they visit. Also, the woodwork in the Salón el Generalito is nothing less than stunning. I would visit this site again, just too see this room.

Visited June 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Don't Miss, quiet, very close to Zocalo/Templo Mayor”
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.

Visited April 2014
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Orleans
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“Too easy to overlook while at the Zócalo”
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 appropriate a term.

Visited April 2014
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“Rivera, Orozco and Siqueiros Murals”
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.

Visited April 2014
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