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“Simply amazing” 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.
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“Simply amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Wow. Just wow. A stunning building of a museum with an awesome ecklectic collection. Prepare yourself for the top floor - it is FULL of Rodin and Dali sculptures, almost too much for an art lover like me! I just stood there for a while completely overwhelmed. And did I mention that it is free?

One last tip - the museum is adjacent to a mall where some of the art is displayed as well. That's right: a Dali original in a shopping mall!

Visited September 2013
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“Excellent Collection”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

The Soumaya Museum is one of the best designed buildings in Mexico City. It is shows modernism in the middle of a zone that is known for being wealthy in Mexico. The best thing is that the entrance is free and as soon as you get inside everything is easy to follow.
The museum has different floors that explores different stages of Mexican history. It includes paintings, old forniture, sculptures, letters, and jewelry. The last section has Slim's private collection. Overall the museum is recommended for the ones who want to have a cultural experience in Mexico City.

Visited June 2013
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“Amazing Building with a great collection”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

The Museo Soumaya is amazing for its architecture alone, which is a modern, curved facade made of aluminum hexagons. It was built by Carlos Slim (one of the wealthiest men in the world), who decided to put his private art collection on free display to the public. It houses a litany of artists from many areas and regions, including Salvador Dalí, Leonardo da Vinci, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Joan Miró, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, as well as Diego Rivera and Rufino Tamayo.

I went through the museum more quickly than I usually would and I regret not having more than an hour and a half to spend there. But then I'm the type who likes to linger and absorb the art.

Visited July 2013
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“Insane architecture, interesting layout and exhibits ...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Really surreal architecture .... the art exhibits span a long, long range of time periods and the religious art (regardless of your opinion on religion itself) are impressive in both their scope and visual appeal.

The best thing is that Carlos Slim (one of the richest men in the world) made the museum free to the public ... a great gesture ... even if it is next to one of his shopping malls ;).

Visited April 2013
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“My Soumaya Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

What an out of this world structure! I can't believe how outrageously unusual this building is and how difficult it must have been to execute its concept. It's something you might imagine in a science fiction city of the future. Cudos to the architect, who I believe is Carlos Slim's son in law. I would love to know what else he is working on now!
That said, once inside....which is free to the public....you are in a space that is reminiscent and perhaps inspired by the spiral walk up of the Guggenheim in NYC. The pieces of the private collection of Carlos Slim, dedicated to his wife Soumaya, is incredible. There is a huge collection of large Rodin pieces and Dali on the top floor..which is also architecturally beautiful. The collection also includes a Leonardo Da Vinci that you can just walk right up to...no security glass box around it.....in fact all the pieces are to be enjoyed close up....the only ones with a rope in front of them are the Van Goghs. Nearly every decade of painting styles is represented...as well as an array of interesting Asian pieces. I was so impressed with the art. I do feel they could have figured out a better traffic flow, as well as not categorizing the pieces as they did....with some artists whose works were separated because of the subject matter as opposed to showing that artists pieces together. It felt a little disjointed in how things were displayed....but that's splitting hairs, considering the overall experience is so worth a visit.

Visited August 2013
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