visit Mexico without taking in the
bursting with culture and history,
and in its museums you will find world-famous ancient art that
visitors. Here are a few recommendations of the museums to visit when
||Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Among the world's
most outstanding museums,
the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City contains riches representing
3,000 years of the country's past. Also on view are fabulous artifacts
of still-thriving cultures.
Frida Kahlo (Frida Kahlo House
This is a museum built
in the house where
Mexico's first "couple of art" lived. Their names were Frida Kahol and
Diego Rivera. In this museum, you will see an excellent sample of their
work. It can be found in the suburb of Coyoacin in Mexico City and the
house has the rooms arranged just exactly as the couple had
them when they lived
there before. This
helps to let you experience how it was in their home in their lifetime.
This museum may not be world famous but folks do find their private
display to be rather interesting.
The top floor of this
museum has an interesting
arrangement of murals by Diego Rivera describing the history of Mexico.
The building serves today as Mexico's government center and
office. It was built in 1692 at the location of the Moctezuma's "new" palace
at the time.
de Bellas Artes in Mexico
This is a famous and
popular palace built
for the performing arts in Mexico City. The designers and architects
Adamo Boari from Italy and several others. The outside of this building
displays Art Nouveau from the early 20th century and the interior is of
Art Deco from the 1930 era.
Templo Mayor's Aztec Splendor
There are two museums
that tell of the
Aztec Empire's glory. They are the Templo Mayor and Museo Templo Mayor
and both are in Mexico City. These contain 6,000 objects on display and
are both archeological excavations and museums.
This cathedral is full
of rich history
and it takes you way back. It was built from stones that came from
Aztec temples and construction began in 1573 and ended in 1788.
Prisca y San Sebastion Church
This church and museum
can be found in
the town of Taxco. Its interior is filled with paintings by Miguel
along with decorations of gold-leafed saints and angels. It is said to
have a sophisticated carved exterior and is one of Mexico's most famous
Masks in Zacatecas
The Museo Rafael Coronel
is where the greatest
display of masks in the country can be found. Masks are
characteristic of Mexico's culture and are found in its folk art and at
Virreinal de Guadalupe
This is a Franciscan art
museum and convent
containing a spectacular collection of 17th and 18th century paintings.
The paintings are by famous artists such as Cristobal deVillalapando
Miguel Cabrera. It is located near Zacatecas in the quaint but famous
town of Guadalupe.
Simple lines, balanced
proportions, a deft
blending of architectural styles, and monumental height -- Morelia's
is the most beautiful in the country. It's built of brownish-pink stone
that is said to turn "fiery rose" in the late-afternoon sun. Though not
a museum, it is in itself a tremendously fascinating work of art.
Capilla del Rosario
Another "museum" located
in a church --
this one in Santo Domingo, this structure is a blend of baroque expression,
executed in molded plaster, carved wood, Mexican tile, and gold leaf.
You will find this
museum in the city of
Puebla and it contains an elaborate collection of recent historical art
as will as art from the pre-Columbian era.
John Collis and David
W. Norton & Company,
first guide in English
to describe in detail the archaeology, architecture and art of Mexico.
Atlas, maps and plans by John Flower. Archaeological site plans by
M. Jones. Indexed. 938 pages.
Mexico: An Overview
Jaime Litvak King
The traveler en route to Mexico
for the first time or the beginning student of Mesoamerican
dazzled by the varied reminders of exotic extinct cultures that dot the
map, will welcome this engaging introduction to Mexico before the
conquest. The author, a leading Mexican archaeologist, guides the
reader from the arrival of man in the New World through the thousands
years during which society evolved from small groups of
to the advanced civilization that the first European visitors
in the sixteenth century.
Bruce Conord and June
"Best Travel Book,"North
American Travel Journalists Assoc. Covers many places not even
in competing guides. Take to the mountain trails, swim in hidden
watch the sun rise on a beach near the ancient Maya port of
(where the authors celebrated the dawn of the new millennium). Visit
Playa del Carmen, or history-rich Cozumel, where the Spanish first set
foot on the North American continent..
see the movie
on the book