Frida Khalo is arguably the most famous of the latin American artists and this was her home, where she was born, grew up and sadly died at the relatively young age of 47. Her ashes still lie within the house. Set in a lovely area of Coyoacan, this large house is painted blue ‘the caza azul’ and holds many of Khalo’s art works along with those of her husband Diego Rivera and other artists. However Frida’s most famous pieces are not exhibited being owned by major museums. This house though lets us into the soul of this great artist and it is simply fascinating to walk about its enclave.
Set on two levels the house has now been mainly set out room by room as a museum dedicated to Frida Khalo’s life and a very interesting one at that. Many of the rooms show art work belonging to Frida, especially her earlier pieces that influenced her late on in life. There are then many other rooms of great interest; the Trotsky room (he also lived here for a considerable period of time), the beautiful traditional Mexican kitchen, the day bedroom and main bedroom and then Frida’s art room complete with paints, brushes and other work implements. The garden is also large and contains a variety of sculptures including a rather large pyramid. All in all this is a fascinating inside glimpse into the way of life of one of Mexico’s intellectual and artistic elite.
Facilities-Toilets, cafe, locker room for rucksacks/bags as they are not allowed.
Language-Signs are in English/Spanish with audio guides in English available. English guides available if you pre-book. This much better than the average museum in MC which normally has no other language aides.
Entry- 100 pesos for non Mexicans (expensive for Mexico City) on the weekend, 80 pesos in the week. Open all week with no free entry days. 60 peso charge if you want to take pictures (without flash).
Opening times-10am to 5.45pm but closed on Monday.
Other information-You can do a combined tour of the Diego Rivera museum (nearby) with this one in a tour bus. Very busy on a weekend, expect 20-30 entry wait and a slow walk around.
Very busy on weekends and expensive for MC.
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