Instituto Cultural Cabanas
Instituto Cultural Cabanas
4.5
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Once an orphanage, this building now serves as a gallery of the famous murals of Jose Clemente Orozco.
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craftywriter
San Diego, CA1,740 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Admission is cash only. Adults $70 mx children $20 Mx
You must drop off Backpacks and bags. Storage is free. No food or beverage allowed.

Free tours in English are on the half hour. Tour includes only the murals in the main building.

Things we learned during the tour: Guadalajara means river through rocks in Arabic.
Jose Orozco lost his Left hand when he was 21. All of these murals were painted one-handed - truly Impressive.

After the tour, we wandered through the rest of the museum’s many art exhibits.
Definitely set aside 2-3 hours to get through.
We would definitely go again and recommend!

Written January 11, 2020
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fififlies
Minneapolis, MN292 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Formerly an orphanage, Instituto Cultural Cabanas now houses permanent and rotating art exhibits. In the great hall murals by
Orozco are featured and English tours with explanations of Orozco's work are given on the half hour. Galleries are interspersed around lovely serene courtyards and a coffee shop with beverages, pastries and light food offerings is an ideal spot to end one's visit.

Written January 23, 2020
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vagabondginger
Alicante, Spain1,251 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This was the end of the historic city center walk starting at Plaza Guadalajara in front of the Cathedral, on to Plaza de la Liberacion, all thru Tapatia Square and finishing up here to see the murals. Guadalajara is an amazing city and the way all the plazas lead from one to another making it so pedestrian friendly makes it relaxing to take it all in. This museum at the end is kind of like the crowning finale - look up!
Written March 9, 2020
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Wayne
San Jose del Cabo, Mexico8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
This is a HUGE facility and you could spend all day .... or just an hour or two.

If asked, some members of the staff are happy to give free tours and commentary (in Engilsh, too). We connected with a staff guide named Vladimir Orozco (no relation to the famous painter!) who gave us an EXCELLENT orientation and explanation of the works in the main chapel where the murals and "Man on Fire" dome are.

We definitely better appreciate the history, sociology, politics of that early 20rth century period because of Vladimir's commentary. After about 20-25 mins with him, we only had time to visit a few other galleries, and Vladimir suggested (and directed us to) some that met our interests and some that were new (and very good!)

The placards in the museum are bilingual, highly informative and surprisingly honest (e.g., "Jalisco's painters from this period were mostly men; the women were not as welcome, and basically the feminist painters from this period were mostly from Mexico City where they were welcome.")

As mentioned, the facility itself is huge – 2.5 acres. The galleries house all periods of local and regional art of all types – paintings, sculpture, prints, even cartoons. And Jalisco has a lot of really interesting art to offer. Definitely worth seeing.
Written September 4, 2021
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Mike A
Portland, OR106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
A beautiful architectural complex of indoor and outdoor spaces, this former hospital and orphanage is known most importantly for its amazing murals by José Clemente Orozco. If you are not a fluent Spanish- speaker, ask for the English tour of the murals. Wait till you here the story about the mural in the photo! Orozco’s disdain for authoritarian power and the tyranny of machines which oppress people are particularly relevant in our times, 90 years after he painted them. You can also find important Orozco murals at the Jalisco government offices (Palacio de Gobierno) in in the historic core, and at the MUSA, across the street from the University of Guadalajara.
Written February 12, 2020
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GlobetrotterBella
San Antonio, TX2,166 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Friends
If this place is not on your radar, you should consider it. It is beautiful. Great art and architecture. Located near all the other downtown attractions. We went on a Tuesday and it was free. Come to find out, it is free every Tuesday.
The wall and ceiling murals are beautiful and they tell a great story. They have QR codes that you can scan that explain each mural in English or Spanish. They also have art exhibits in the other rooms. Take your AirPods and enjoy an hour or so exploring the place.
They don’t allow big bags inside, but they have a storage area that is free.
Written April 8, 2022
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD9,845 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
This historic site opened in 1810 as Casa de la Caridad y la Misericordia. Over the years this 538’ x 476’ complex has been an orphanage, a military barracks and is now dedicated to disseminating the arts. We came to see some of the 57 frescoes by Jose Clemente Orozco whose work we saw earlier at the MUSA art museum, especially the domes "Man of Fire."
Wonderful visit costing 2 seniors US$6.
Written April 10, 2021
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Claire
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Have visited Hospicio Cabanas multipe times with guests to Guadalajara to view Orozco's exquisite murals. The building itself is lovely and has a coffee shop, which is great for just relaxing and decompressing after taking in Orozo's works. This is not to be missed on a visit to Guadalajara!
Written April 13, 2022
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Daniel E
Chicago, IL227 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Solo
I loved this cultural center. It was big and beautiful, old and open,and there were not many people so I didn’t have to fight crowds or have ppl ruin my pictures. There was an amazing exhibit called Calisco that was stunning. The building itself was amazing and the Orozco mural lining the main hall was absolutely jaw dropping. It left an impression I won’t soon forget. Everything from the plazas and atria to the halls and corridors were a sight to see. I’d say it’s my number one must see in Guadalajara.
Written March 31, 2021
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OBI
Manitoba, Canada19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
It’s important to have a guide who can walk you through these wonderful works of art. While Orozco did not name or explain his murals, there are many interpretations of his work. We went with an Airbnb tour and this was our final stop after 2 1/2 hours of touring Centro. FABULOUS!
Written April 9, 2023
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