Museo Ex-Hacienda San Gabriel de Barrera

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Museo Ex-Hacienda San Gabriel de Barrera

Museo Ex-Hacienda San Gabriel de Barrera
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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The origin of the Hacienda San Gabriel de Barrera corresponds to the stage of mining exploitation at the end of the XVII, stage focused on the discoveries of rich betas of gold and silver. At the beginning of the 19th century, with the arrival of Independence and Consummation, the mines were suspended and some mining production estates were abandoned, leaving them in ruins. In 1947, the Mexican Francisco Armida Cabrera, acquired the property and dedicated his time to the conservation of what can be seen today as a Museum and the restoration of the old town. The style that is observed inside the House Museum is the Spanish Colonial Viceroyalty on the ground floor level and the French style of the Maximilian era on the top floor. So, you can see decoration and furniture of these stages in the Treasury. In 1975 the State Government acquired the Treasury and in September of 1979 it is given the appointment of a Historic Monument and is opened to the public as a Museum.
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Greg Y
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Couples
Our Airbnb host recommended seeing this Museum. Was not something we thought to see, but it was really beautiful and relaxing. The grounds were so picturesque and the cafe Served great food and was a joy. We had the entire place to ourselves for most of the afternoon.
Written September 20, 2021
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lovestotravel
Hastings, NE81 contributions
This was very enjoyable to us. The grounds were so interesting and amazing. We really enjoy flowers and plants so loved to explore all the different gardens. The architecture was really impressive and we enjoyed a drink at the little cafe.
Written March 1, 2020
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Toidie
Saint Louis, MO15 contributions
Friends
Oh my goodness, if you are looking for a place to just kick back, get a small bite with a fully stocked bar, and wander aimlessly through beautiful gardens, this is the place for you. Right down the hill from Hotel Misión lies this beautiful gem. Palm trees, eucalyptus, pines and gorgeous blooming flowers. Complete with it's own chapel!
Written April 23, 2020
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AB
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Couples
Guanajuato is a very friendly city but the staff (particularly at the museum cafe) were some of the least friendly or helpful we’ve met anywhere (which was even more unusual since we were possibly the only people in the entire museum). The gardens are pretty but the home is depressingly run down - cracked paint with walls literally crumbling. The building is desperate need of a renovation and basic courtesy training for the staff. Overall disappointing compared to Guanajuato’s many other cultural options.
Written May 11, 2021
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NancyW1267
Arizona23 contributions
Last year we visited ex Hacienda san Gabriel de Barrera and loved it. The house and gardens are perfectly restored and maintained. It has a beautiful, haunting peacefulness about it that makes one want to linger. The colors and details of the hacienda are stunning. We live in Arizona in a Spanish colonial house and seeing the real thing gave me many decorating ideas.
The vast gardens have been incredibly designed with many flowering plants. This visit was one of the high points of our trip.
Written October 11, 2007
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Cherry_Wonderdog
New England2,862 contributions
Couples
Museo Exhacienda San Gabriel de Barrera was once a magnificent colonial home that has been converted into a museum with tranquil and attractive gardens, all with different themes. It dates back to the end of the 17th century to Captain Gabriel de Barrera, whose family was descended from the first Conde de Rul of the famous La Valenciana mine. Since 1979, it has entertained tourists and townspeople with a peaceful garden getaway and opulent European furnishings while providing an insight into noble lifestyles of the viceregal period.

If only Museo Exhacienda San Gabriel de Barrera had lived up to our expectations. Instead, the tranquility we sought was nowhere to be seen (or heard). No sooner had we arrived by taxi (bus was way too complicated) than did a music set-up crew begin blasting noise from its speakers in preparation for a concert the next day. This was more than a minor disturbance. This was invasive and overwhelmingly consuming. There was virtually no place to go in the garden or mansion complex to find peace and quiet.

Meanwhile, several if not most of the gardens looked unkempt, as if in the process of being maintained by a skeleton crew over a period of months, not days, with few colorful flowers anywhere. There was an old pool that looked abandoned, not drained and preserved for tourists to view. In fact, that was the theme throughout. Hacienda San Gabriel de Barrera looked more like an abandoned property than one that someone had purchased to spiff up for visitors. The nadir of this theme was being directed to look-outs only to gaze upon mounds of garbage that nobody had bothered to remove. It looked like it had accumulated slowly over years but could have been removed in its entirety within a day by a few kids.

In sum, Museo Exhacienda San Gabriel de Barrera was a big disappointment. Even if there wasn’t the noise, we would have found it well below its potential. I resent establishments like these where nobody bothers to invest the time or effort to bring out the potential in things of beauty but instead rely upon “has been” quality and dubious tourists to pay for the privilege of seeing what others have done.
Written August 12, 2018
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Gboots49
Vancouver, Canada36 contributions
Couples
Looking at our guide books, after being in Guanajuato for a couple of days, we decided to take a local bus from near the Mercado Hidalgo to the Hacienda. Please be sure to catch a bus going to Marfil, and ask the driver to give you a shout at the stop for Hotel Mision Guanajuato, 5 or 6 pesos, depending on which bus you catch, 15 minute ride. We spent a fascinating 3 hours poking around this amazing variety of themed gardens, rooms, chapels, and plazas. There were various visitors wandering around, but not very many. With a wedding going on, and some other portrait sessions happening, it is a very picturesque place. The outside spaces, but especially the inside rooms of the Hacienda, are beautifully cared for, and presented. Small place to eat there also, though we did not try it. Small extra fee for using a camera, but well worth it.
Written March 8, 2016
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jeffrey h
Kailua-Kona, HI562 contributions
Couples
For the few days we have been in Guanajuato, the weather has been perfect, blue skies with a few fluffy clouds, neither too hot nor too cold. We arrived at the Hacienda Barrera a bit before ten, purchased our tickets and proceeded to tour the extensive gardens. These are incredibly varied and beautiful. The estate was built by the son in law of the man who owned the silver mine that produced around 20% of the world's silver, so he had more money than your average king at his disposal. The beauty he created on these grounds, visible several centuries later, is remarkable...all sorts of stone work, many different styles of gardens of European inspiration. Following the self guided garden tour one visits the museum which I assume is only a portion of the former estate buildings, bedrooms mostly with 16th and 17th Century furnishings. Perhaps the highlight is a clavicord from the 16th Century...150 years before Mozart.
The taxi ride from town was 70 P each way and the admission was 35 P each. so about 10 USD all in. An experience fit for a king all for a pittance.
Written November 7, 2018
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2WorldGypsies
Taos, NM43 contributions
Couples
If you love landscaping, gardens, history, photographing, or the beautiful and intriguing gardens of Europe, or you’re just ready to have an outdoor experience, do not miss a visit to Museo Exhacienda San Gabriel Barrera. A good friend recommended this to us and we owe her. We ended up spending the whole day there.

The landscape architecture is as amazing as anything we’ve seen in Europe. When you go, give yourself plenty of time to wander, sit, reflect and photograph because as soon as you walk through one archway and turn around it’s a whole new view to take in. And just when you think you’ve seen the whole place there is another stone stairway or archway leading to a new and different discovery. Every corner is completely intriguing.

This is truly a place to not just visit, but to “Experience”. Every area is unique to itself but connected to the Hacienda as a whole with incredibly well thought out continuity, and we were in a constant state of “Awe”. This may be our favorite garden experience yet.

The Hacienda itself with the beautiful art, historical decor and personal belongings gives you a fascinating snapshot of this family and time period.

A side note: do not underestimate the Cafe at the Exhacienda (located right as you walk in). Usually in a place like this you can expect marginal food and pay way too much for it, well not here. We had a couple of beers, their made to order guacamole and a Salmon lunch, we were so impressed everything very fresh and delicious for a very reasonable price. Very worthwhile for taking a break to reflect on the beauty you’ve just taken in.
Written June 29, 2017
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Miho E
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I took a local bus in front of the bank at the "plaza de la Paz". (5.50 pesos one way). There are many busses stops, so be sure to look for the bus that says "diseño" or "marfil". Won't hurt to ask the driver, so that he will tell you when to get off.(obviously we almost kept going, unless he told us to get off the bus to see "el museo de San Gabriel de Barrera". The admission was something like 26 pesos, and took us good two hours to walk around the gardens after gardens, to take pics, to rest in the shade, and to see everything. After seeing this, we walked back to the "centro" towards the alhondiga museum. Although the cars were going fast, it was a nice walk to see the entrance gate park (paseo ashland) where locals play soccer, kids play at the playground etc.
Written July 29, 2014
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