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“Very nice Private Collection” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino

Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino
Av Mexico # 5843 | La Noria, Xochimilco, Mexico City 16030, Mexico
55 5555 1016
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Ranked #15 of 286 attractions in Mexico City
Type: Art Museums, Historic Sites, Museums
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Owner description: Located in Xochimilco, at Mexico City’s southern extreme, the Dolores Olmedo Museum is housed in a rambling stone structure, originally dating from the Sixteenth Century, formerly known as the Hacienda La Noria. By donating her art collection to the people of Mexico, Dolores Olmedo Patiño created a cohesive whole, where treasures of the fine arts were incorporated into colonial construction added during the Seventeenth Century, surrounded by lush gardens, shaded by singularly Mexican plant species, and inhabited by gorgeous animals like the magical peacocks –seemingly confected of living jewels—and the enigmatic hairless Xoloiztcuintle dogs, a Precolumbian breed that is unique to behold and warm to the touch.Since the museum opened its doors to the public in September of 1994, its greatest treasure is its painting. The world’s most important collections of works by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo are housed here permanently and are adored by the legions of visitors who flock to admire them. There is, as well, a collection of the woodcuts and book illustrations by Russo-French painter Angelina Beloff, Rivera’s companion during his early years as a budding painter in Europe.
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“Very nice Private Collection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Housed in a private villa, this collection really has the best of the earliest 20th C Mexican Artists. The only draw back is that it is on the outskirts of town and it takes a while to get there.

Visited August 2013
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“Do not miss it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

This musuem is far south in the city. However, it is worth the trip. It is an excelent collection of Frida and Diego. The musuem is located in what used to be Dolores Olmedo's house. The building is magnificent and the gardens are beautiful. Dolores Olmedo was Diego's patron and collected a significant amount of his work and Frida's. The musuem also gives you a good insight of this lady's political capabilities as well as her good taste in arts.

Visited January 2013
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“Great museum ...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

The Hacienda itself is worth walking around and is kept in pristine conditions by the corporate sponsors (Dolores Olmedo was in the end a businesswoman ... and more famously a patron of art for Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo). The grounds are a nice getaway in Mexico City.

The gallery is impressive and intimate. As is the part of the museum that features objects from Olmedo's estate.

The only thing that keeps this from 5 stars is that it the entrance fee quite pricey for any foreigner.

Visited April 2013
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“Completely Unexpected”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

What a beautiful place. This woman had quite a collection of artifacts, art, collectibles, etc. that would make anyone jealous! She seemed to be a good friend of Diego Rivera, as many of the items feature him. I would definitely make this place a stop in any Mexico City visit... especially if you plan to visit Xochimilco. The beauty caught me completely off guard.

Visited March 2013
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“Peacocks and hairless dogs... a museum, too.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

This interesting and unusual museum is well worth a visit - this holds true despite the collections of works by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera being unavailable at the time of our trip. The Xoloitzcuintle (hairless dogs) on the grounds are hilarious, posing as statues by an actual statue. Fooled me, for a moment. There is also a nice cafe on site to enjoy a coffee or chocolate. If you take the Metro (line 2) you can easily visit the Frida Kahlo Museum, as well as Centro Coyocan, on the way back to town; the stop for Casa Azul is General Anaya.

Visited July 2013
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