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“Must do in Zacatecas”

Rafael Coronel Museum (Museo Rafael Coronel)
Ranked #3 of 44 things to do in Zacatecas
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Owner description: Located in an old monastery, this museum has a unique collection of indigenous artwork.
Vancouver, Canada
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Must do in Zacatecas”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2012

The vast range of masks in this museum throw a fascinating light on Mexican culture. The sheer number can be intimidating. Take the time to examine individual masks in detail. Rewards the effort.

Visited January 2012
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Wiesbaden, Germany
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“Surprising museum in a surprising place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2011

Really nice....you will find ancient objects and artifacts from all over the world. WOrthwhile visiting.

Visited April 2011
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Chapala, Mexico
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“Thousands of masks in this museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2011

One of the most interesting museums that we have been to. A bonus is that it is in a former convent with lovely gardens. Just about 5 blocks from the central plaza. It features masks, mostly from Mexico. The signage is only in Spanish, but you can still enjoy it without being able to read the explanations. No tour guides, just wander through.

One boy ( about 5 years old) visitor was quite scared by the ferocity of some of the masks and cried for a good deal of his stay there.

They also have a room of puppets. Also a few Diego Rivera drawings on display.

I did not see an elevator in parts and there were several sets of stairs, so I would check about wheelchair access if you need it.

Closed Wednesdays.

Visited August 2011
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Los Angeles, California
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“Outstanding museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2011

The building is one of the most gorgeous of all colonial Mexico. The museum contains hundreds of masks along with explanations of the role of masks in pre-hispanic and colonial Mexico. Everything is in Spanish -- probably English guides are available if arranged. I spent almost three hours there. Great place for photos and to learn a lot about Mexico.

Visited July 2011
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Yelapa, Mexico
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“Great mix and feel of Mexico in a garden and museum setting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2011

It is a great restoration of a decaying historic convent into a place for visitors to stroll through gardens and also discover the art. Art of Rafael Coronel and the vast collection masks from vast Indian and States Of Mexico and the vintage collection of puppets are like a window into the culture and spirit of Mexico. I highly recommend a visit !

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