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“If you want to see Rivera's work this is the place to go to”

Murales de Diego Rivera en la Secretaria de Educacion Publica
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Hidden Treasures of Mexico City Walking Tour
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Reviewed November 23, 2013

Standing in the plaza and looking around at 3 floors of Rivera's murals was a memorable experience. 10 foot walls completely covered in his work which took 6 years to complete....amazing. A must see.

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Reviewed November 19, 2013

I have long admired Diego Rivera's murals but so far had only been able to see them in books or on posters. This site is a must-see if you, too, are a fan. And it's free!

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Reviewed November 13, 2013

The building where the Ministry of Education is located (“Secretaría de Educación Pública") is decorated with numberless mural paintings; they were made in years ‘20s of the past century and they probably are the largest and most important collection of frescoes of all Mexico. The Ministry is in a 3-storeys palace, which has two large inner courtyards surrounded by galleries. The walls of these galleries are covered with frescoes made by Diego Rivera, for a total length of several hundred metres and a height of more than 3 metres; there are 235 paintings of various sizes. Various other painters - among which David Alfaro Siqueiros, Roberto Montenegro, Jean Charlot – have frescoed the walls and the vaults of the staircase leading to the upper floors, as well as several function rooms and the office of the Minister. These latter rooms cannot be visited.

The paintings of Rivera include: representation of events of the Mexican history, portraits of people who made the history of Mexico, scenes of everyday life, uses and costumes of the various populations which inhabited this country, working activities taking place in the society, description of the various social classes. Some of the paintings are a manifesto of the political ideas of Diego Rivera, who was an active member and a leader of the Mexican Communist Party, as well as an intimate friend of Leon Trotski, the opponent of Stalin who lived as an exile in Mexico City and was assassinated there; luckily enough, their aesthetic quality is so high that their political tone can be easily overlooked. The subjects are very interesting and you can spend hours looking at the details. Near each fresco there is a plate with its title. If you are a keen photographer you will have the opportunity to bring home a full encyclopedia of Mexican history, costumes and life.

The Ministry is in Calle Argentina 28, three blocks away from the Zocalo. It is open only in the workdays, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.; it is closed on the weekend and in the festivities. Entry is free, but visitors must check-in at the security. It is allowed to take pictures and the light is generally good. There are no seats, nowhere; so be prepared to a long walk. The visit can be made at a very relaxed pace: I was there three times and I never saw tourists; the staff of the Ministry stay closed in their offices, the corridors are empty, and you are left free to move around at your will. I could use the lifts and the lavatories of the Ministry. The visit can take anything between 30 minutes and two hours, depending on your interest and your endurance.

4  Thank Marco_Polo499
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

The building is beautiful and there are 3 floors of Rivera murals. AND, there were maybe 2 other tourists there. It was quiet and peaceful.

Thank Catherine M
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

Now it is easy to see why the people of Mexico are so proud of this great artisit, his work here and the murals he has painted spanned a good portion of his adult life and they tell a story like you were reading Wikipedia and absolute must do if you are in this city

Thank Andy W
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