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“The Ministry of Education, Diego Rivera and Plaza Santo Domingo”

Murales de Diego Rivera en la Secretaria de Educacion Publica
Ranked #3 of 519 things to do in Mexico City
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 29, 2016

We could not go to the Palacio de Gobierno to re-visit the largest Rivera murals because there was a demonstration and it was closed. So we walked with a light drizzle to our favorite plaza in Mexico City, Plaza Santo Domingo, where the people who use to write letters for the illiterate still sit under the arches, now with electric typewriters, and write invitations and announcements of weddings and other events. The Ministry is a magnificent 19th century building and it has 3 floors of Diego's murals, which may be repetitive (interesting, because you see the practice he used for rapid compositions) but are perhaps even more gripping and moving than the very large ones at the Palacio de Gobierno. The second floor is mostly grisaille (grey, black and white) but the ground floor is superb. Over the stairs you will also see an interesting mural by Siqueiros, but Diego is more Mexican and more important, to us. Do not neglect the patio, and its interesting bas-reliefs with golden mosaic decorations (I do not know the artist). The splendid stairs were also decorated by Diego but they are not accessible.

Oh, yes, the little coffee shop at the left of the church of Santo Domingo has good coffee, espresso style.

Date of experience: March 2016
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Reviewed March 27, 2016

These murals are visually stunning in and of themselves but you will get more out of it if you arrange for an english speaking guide to explain Rivera's historical references. We lucked out with Juan at the entry info desk. I think a visit to the murals would be the ideal first stop in Mexico City as they provide an incredible overview of the country's past, culture, and natural resources. Have someone take a picture of you sitting on the upper steps of the main stairwell with the History of Mexico mural as a backdrop.

Date of experience: March 2016
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Reviewed March 26, 2016

I have read about Diego Rivera before and to see his work live has been very touching. Mexican art at its finest.

Date of experience: March 2016
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Reviewed March 21, 2016

We spent a couple of hours viewing the DR murals. There are so many, and it's free to get inside since it's a public building. If you want to see Diego Rivera, this is a must

Date of experience: February 2016
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Reviewed March 20, 2016

What an incredible way to explore the histories of Mexico. Rivera the historian, Rivera the political cartoonist, Rivera the lover, Rivera the champion of Mexico. Located inside the Palacio Nationale and on the second floor, the murals come in two parts. The Mexico history since contact mural is seven panels in the stairwell and the precontact murals run along two of the four walls of one of the courtyards. Totally engaging and a great opportunity to test what you understand about Mexico pre and post contact. Take the time to enjoy Rivera s skill; take photos of each panel. There is so much embedded it takes multiple viewings to even capture some of his messages. We spent 2 hours - and that was barely enough time. Be prepared for one person in your group to leave a piece of ID with the reception guard. Its returned upon leaving.

Date of experience: February 2016
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