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“Outstanding decorative arts museum in Downtown Mexico City”

Franz Mayer Museum (Museo Franz Mayer)
Ranked #49 of 546 things to do in Mexico City
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Owner description: Located in a 16th-century Spanish hospital, this museum features a large collection of colonial art.
Reviewed January 24, 2013

This is a highly specialized museum of very high quality. Its focus is decorative arts and painting from Mexico´s colonial era. The exhibits are breathtaking in its quality, the museography is excellent and the building is spectacular. My favourite piece is a painted screen from the XVII century that depicts on one side the conquest of the aztec empire by the Spaniards, and on the other side a map of XVII century Mexico City. What is amazing is looking at that map, you can orient yourself in today´s Mexico City downtown and see how little has changed in 400 years. The collection of silver is amazing, as well as the collection of ceramics. Once you see the permanent exhibits you need to go to the courtyard and have a coffee. I´m kiding you not - this museum has one of the prettiest cafeterias in any museum anywhere (maybe except the Louvre).

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

The cloister (patio) was so nice we returned to have a coffee there the next day. you need to pay 5 pesos just to go to the patio, which is not much fun. But, it was okay. We hung out and enjoyed the atmosphere. The museum itself is nice, with good collections of art and silver.

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Reviewed January 2, 2013

Many interesting artifacts from a previous life and time in Mexico City. Interesting building with a courtyard that almost transports you out of the hustle and bustle of Mexico City. We spent a number of hours here; there were surprises around every cotner.

Thank Helot
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Reviewed December 17, 2012

Mexico remembers and highly values the names of some immigrants (mostly – the beginning of 20th century) who came to the country and – after long and unique life – left for Mexican and other people the great historical and cultural values, real treasures. One of them – Franz Mayer, smart and rich young man, who left his beloved Germany and had settled in Mexico City. The dream came a bit later when he realized how rich was Mexican cultural legacy. He had no family, but he had THE PASSION, the love for ancient decorative arts and money to collect it.
One of the Mexican capital's most outstanding museums, the Franz Mayer Museum, opened in 1986 in a beautifully restored 16th-century building on Plaza de la Santa Veracruz on the north side of La Alameda. The extraordinary 10,000-piece collection of antiques, mostly Mexican objects from the 16th through 19th centuries, was amassed by one man: Franz Mayer. He adopted Mexico as his home in 1905 and grew very rich here. Before his death in 1975, Mayer bequeathed the collection to the country and arranged for its permanent display through his trust. The pieces, mostly utilitarian objects (as opposed to pure art objects), include inlaid and richly carved furniture; an enormous collection of Talavera pottery; gold and silver religious pieces; sculptures; tapestries; rare watches and clocks (the oldest is a 1680 lantern clock); wrought iron; old-master paintings from Europe and Mexico; and 770 Don Quixote volumes, many of which are rare editions or typographically unique. There's so much here that it may take several visits to absorb it all. In the central courtyard (part of the old monastery) they have a very pleasant café, which serves coffee and light snacks.
And now my question is: why (after all you read here) I never ever saw any big group of visitors in this unique place? I’ve being there more than 15 times (after 2001) and my memory keeps just two groups of school kids who unlikely could assess at its true value masterpieces shown here. I think that Franz Mayer Museum is a clear example of present level of a mass tourism: visiting this museum you need some special interest and at least minimum knowledge…What a pity! But if my words and my pictures will catch attention of some higher cultural end people, visit this museum BY ALL MEANS. I guarantee you will leave there a good part of your soul. So – Franz Mayer Museum is A MUST in Mexico City!
Sincerely,

alftul

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Reviewed December 4, 2012

If you like antiques and decor you shouldnt miss this place. They also have a pleasant coffee shop to take a break.

Thank LAtravelin
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