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“So underrated. worth the extra effort, be ready to be surprised.”

Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli
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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.
Madrid, Spain
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“So underrated. worth the extra effort, be ready to be surprised.”
Reviewed May 22, 2014

This Museum which is the creation of Diego Rivera, and competed after his death by Juan O'Gorman and Rivera's daughter is two things: first an architectural fantasy and masterpiece at the same time which will amaze, and second it houses Rivera's amazing collection of Pre Columbian art. In addition are some massive sketches and prep work for some of his great murals, including interestingly the Mural destroyed by Rockefeller in the Rocckefeller Centre in NY (because he did not like the inclusion of a likeness to Lenin in the Mural). It's such a shame the museum does not get the attendance of the Frida Khalo Museum, I suppose because it's a bit out of the way, but one can visit both museums for the same entry fee for one using a combined ticket. the taxi ride between the two is not long. Don't miss it.

Visited May 2014
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Seattle, WA
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“Ruins feeling mixed with art”
Reviewed April 2, 2014

This was an added bonus when I went to Frida's house. They were selling combo with this including transportation and it's totally worth it! I had no idea Diego created such a thing and it really shows a lot of influence from the indigenous people of Mexico. Cool to see!

Visited February 2014
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“My favourite Mexico City museum...”
Reviewed March 10, 2014

Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli
The society musings of Diego Rivera, Frida Carlo and Trotsky are fascinating in itself so I really wanted to visit this museum to glean a better insight into the artistic and personal qualities of Rivera but was totally unprepared for what I was about to come across.

This museum is in my mind fabulous but not because of the artwork of Rivera. Apart from his art I just did not know what an anthropologist Diego was. This collection (2,000 pieces displayed out of a 60,000 piece collection) is simply stunning. It is the best collection of pre-hispanic artwork I have seen in Mexico and that includes the fabulous national anthropology museum.

This collection is Rivera’s personal collection meticulously collected over many years in the years when there were no laws abut buying and selling such pieces. The sheer volume of the collection is astounding and to think it was collected by one person is mind boggling. Diego must have spent a vast amount of time searching all over Mexico for these items.

The museum itself is grand, resembling a pyramid and it has displays on three levels. Each level is split into a variety of rooms and chambers where the displays of pottery, edifices and stoneware are simply stunning. It is really hard to relate to you how beautiful these items are. The colours in the earthenware of the pottery and edifices has this beautiful mixed terracotta tinge to them and the ornate designs to them are simply unique. The main interior plaza also houses some fabulous mural paintings and sketches used as templates by Rivera and they are also beautiful.

The museum might be stunning but unless you know the way in it is a real ‘mare’ to get through if you come by car. The narrow streets are constrictive in nature so meeting oncoming traffic is a pain. However there is a free car park very near to the museum and even though we went on the weekend there was ample roadside parking too.

All in all a fabulous museum with stunning displays of pre-hispanic artwork. A suitable legacy to the genius of Rievera. Give yourself half a day at least and this is an easy 5/5.

Entry-60MP General. Students/Teachers 15MP.
Entry times-Wed-Sun 11am-pm. Closed Mon&Tues.
Facilities-Cafe, shop, toilets. No lifts.
NOTE: We went to the Frida Khalo museo last week and there they had a combined bus tour to do both museums. This is worth doing as we didn’t know until this week that the entry ticket for each museum gains entry to the other and this is valid for ten days. You would be advised to visit Rivera’s museum first and pay 60MP so you can gain entry to the FK museum for free as the latter is 100MP. The bus would also be a good way to travel in between…as the drive would know the best way in…which we didn’t!

Visited March 2014
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Plattsburgh, New York
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“An Extraordinary Collection of Pre-Columbian Art”
Reviewed January 3, 2014

Having visited most of the traditional Rivera museums and sites in DF, a visit to Anahuacalli was on the top of my list this time back in the capital. First, a few logistics. Anahuacalli is easy to get to. Take the metro to the end of the Tasqueña line and then jump on the tren ligero for four stops down to Xotepingo. From there it is a short walk straight up Calle del Museo. Admission is $35 MEX (but that also includes admission to Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul in Coyoacan). A great deal for the two museums! Today, as we're still in the holiday week, I was able to bypass a very long line of ticket purchasers at the Casa Azul and walk right in. Your visit at Anahuacalli is guided (in Spanish). However, every room has a posted description in both Spanish and English. For students of architecture, Anahuacalli is a one of a kind place. With the assistance of his friend Juan O'Gorman, this unique structure is built out of local volcanic stone and designed as if one were inside a classic mayan temple complete with corbeled arches. It's unfathomable to think how one individual could collect so many exquisite stone and ceramic artifacts from Western Mexico. Room after room displays art from Jalisco and the Nayarit areas. Pay special attention to the mosaic ceilings throughout Anahuacalli. As one ascends, the ceiling themes change and increase in complexity. Topping off the visit is the studio near the top of the structure. For those interested in Rivera the muralist, some 15 large-scale drawings cover the walls including sketches for Cortes' Palace in Cuernavaca and the long missing mural "Nightmares of War; Dreams of Peace." Instructions can be found at the ticket counter on how to catch a bus/pesaro to Coyoacan that will drop you off a block from Frida's Museum. So, if you're planning a trip to Coyoacan, visit Anahuacalli first. It opens at 11:00 am.

Visited January 2014
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Kenwood, California
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“Fabulous Pre-Columbian collection (not Diego Rivera paintings)”
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.

Visited November 2013
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