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“Fabulous Pre-Columbian collection (not Diego Rivera paintings)”

Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli
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Private Tour: Xochimilco, Coyoacan and Frida Kahlo Museum
Ranked #31 of 538 things to do in Mexico City
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Owner description: This impressive building made of volcanic stone was designed by Diego Rivera and houses his collection of pre-Columbian art.
Reviewed November 14, 2013

Onlya painter of Diego Rivera's historic vision and artistic sensibility could have thought to have built a museum like this. Diego Rivera collected perhaps the largest assembly of pre-Columbian artifacts -- almost 60,000 -- and 2,000 of them are displayed in this museum. It is a worth a trip to see the building itself--an astonishing four levels of volcanic stone built to resemble an ancient Aztec pyramid, surrounded by an eco park. Inside, there is a feeling of quiet mysticism. The objects are well explained and displayed, and there are frequent guided tours to highlight and interpret the relics. Your ticket will also admit you to the Frida Kahlo museum / Casa Azul, also in Coyoacan. While Rivera died before the museum was finished, the architect/artist Juan Gorman finished the museum and included a large space with some of Rivera's murals. Most interesting is the mural begun for Nelson Rockefeller's commission but decommissioned part way through for its pro-communist, anti-capitalist theme. One of the unfinished figures was to be Rockefeller drinking a glass of wine since he had prohibited Rivera from drinking while he was working on the mural and another figure was to be have been Rockefeller's wife painted as a prostitute. In addition to being immensely talented, Rivera was a bit of a rascal.

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Reviewed May 29, 2013

I must say I didn't expect to see what I saw in this museum. I thought I would see paintings by this wonderful painter, but NO! I couldn't be more mistaken. In this pyramid-shaped museum you'll get to see archeological pieces Diego Rivera acquired throughout his life. It's incredible to see how passionate he was about Mexican archeology.

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Reviewed May 5, 2013

Difficult to find and off the beaten track. We combined it with Museo Dolores Olmeda and Coyoacan with a driver. But the two museums could be done in one day by metro and light rail. Impressive architecture capturing the spirit of pre conquest Mexico, surrounded by an eco park (and usual DF urban sprawl). Inside are several levels of impressive artifacts, joined by stone staircases as if in a pyramid. On the ceilings symbolic modernistic mosaics with Aztec motives, and on top a terrass with far views (on our day a far view of smog rather than volcanoes). Nowhere but Mexico can you find such a museum, created by a great artist. A bonus is Diegos planned studio (he died before completion and it was completed by Dolores Olmeda and others). A great space containing full size sketches of the mural destroyed by Nelson Rockefeller as too commie (well it is, showing Mao and Stalin caring for the poor while capitalist pigs shoot and hang the workers).

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Reviewed March 23, 2013

The Museo Diego Rivera-Anahuacalli (http://www.museoanahuacalli.org.mx/) in southern Mexico City, is an astonishing place. Built by Diego Rivera in the style of an Aztec temple as a home for his huge collection of pre-Columbian artefacts (he had some 50,000 + of which some 2,000 are on display. He also thought it might serve as his Mausoleum, but that never happened. Guided tours only, but small parties seem to be welcome.

Tickets also give you entry to the Frida Kahlo house in nearby Coyoacan.

Not easy to get to - you can try waling about 1 kilometre from the nearest metro/light railway station, or take a taxi. Another taxi will get you to Coyoacan with its delightful central plaza and many restaurants.

In short, well worth the effort of getting there.

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Reviewed December 23, 2012

I was totally amazed at the amount of art pieces on display. As a "gringo" I only knew of the Aztec and Mayan cultures in Mexico, I couldn't believe the number of ancient cultures who once lived in the region.

Thank Gerald T
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