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“The rich give back” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Museo Soumaya

Museo Soumaya
Blvd Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 303 | Col Ampliacion Granada, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City 11529, Mexico
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Ranked #26 of 273 Attractions in Mexico City
Type: Museums
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Owner description: This museum explores the role of art and culture in human life and includes art by such luminaries as the French sculptor Rodin.
Bethel, Ohio
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“The rich give back”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

This museum houses the collection of art of Carlos Slim who apparently decided to share it with the public free of charge. The building is wonderful and very innovative, and the collection is interesting, with quite a number of Mexican artists represented as well as some famous European art, including an excellent Rodin collection. The architecture in the immediate vicinity is also impressive.

Visited January 2013
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“Spectacular !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Incredible architecture outside and inside ! The concept of the ramp may remind the Guggenheim in NY. Nice and incredible collection. Sometimes it may seems to be unorganized but it is definitly a "must go" place. If you're hungry while visiting a Sandborns is in the place or PF Chang chinese restaurant in plaza Carso has a view to the museum...!

Visited January 2013
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Cuernavaca, Mexico
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“Spectacular building and some great art”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

It is hard to add much more to the existing reviews. The museum building itself is a spectacular creation, both inside and out. The layout of the museum is very open plan with each floor sweeping down to the next via a long, spiralling ramp. No stairs. As for the art, it is a very disparate collection. There is an impressive collection of Rodin and Dali sculptures on the top floor. On the whole I found some of the other floors a bit messy and miscellaneous. There are some impressive works but I didn't feel that they were particularly well organized or curated.

Definitely worth a visit though. In fact, I would say that more than one visit may be needed as it is hard to absorb everything in one go.

Visited January 2013
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Mexico City, Mexico
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“So In Love With Soumaya!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Carlos Slim, one of the world’s wealthiest men has an extensive art collection in addition to his vast fortune. In honor of his late wife, Soumaya, he built a museum to showcase their collection of art, religious artifacts and sculpture.

The museum holds works by many of the best known European artists from the 15th to the 20th century including Degas (my personal favorite), Renoir and others. It also contains a large collection of casts of sculptures by Auguste Rodin. After I visited the museum I did a little research. I learned that many people are critical of the museum's architecture, its collection (it is made up of many pieces Slim got at bargain basement prices, and many casts of original sculptures), and of course, the billionaire philanthropist himself. Regardless, I enjoyed the museum and think Slim's refusal to charge admission so that all Mexicans can enjoy the museum is wonderful.

Another plus: When you first walk into the museum, right behind a large bronze cast of Rodin’s thinker is a large, multi-purpose children’s activity room. With kid’s sized chairs, a dedicated activity room and a calendar full of events and activities it’s clear that the museum is dedicated to the next generation of art enthusiasts as well as the current generation.

I for one, liked the museum’s central location. It’s oddly located right next to Costco and the flashy shopping mall, Antara, but it’s accessible, centrally located and free. I think that last part is most important–because in a city where wealth equals access it levels the playing field a little and provides an affordable opportunity for families to expose their children to art. On the day that we went the museum was full of mom and kids, leveraging the docents to explain the artwork. I most enjoyed the Diego Rivera mural, which was the last one he ever painted.

Other Thoughts:
The gift shop is a little bit of a bummer, certainly the worst of any art gallery gift shop I've seen.

There's a Sanborn's (Sim's restaurant chain) in the museum as well, should you get hungry while visiting.

For more of my Mexico City adventures, please visit: amovingstory.com!

Visited November 2012
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New York, NY
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“One of the most spectacular museums in the world!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

At the end of a very long day, we visited this museum. Start on the top floor where an exception group of Rodins are displayed along with lots of Dali's and other sculpture. Continue down and see the Mexican art. Do not miss the more than impressive, very large collection of Impressionist art including even a Modigliani. The variety and depth was spectacular. I had never seen most of these works at various shows throughout the world The only thing missing was a Vermeer and I hope I didn't miss that. We bought a beautiful book of the art work and I'm looking forward to reading it.

Visited December 2012
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