Visit these 5 little-known museums of Mexico City

By Dania Vargas Austryjak

Explore the unexplored museums of the city

It is known that Mexico City is the cultural capital of Latin America, and that it is the place where you’ll find museums in every corner, as it is also the city with most museums in the world. Most of the museums are dedicated to art and history, but there are also other interesting museums worth vising that are not usually found on the tourist route. Therefore, we’ve decided to create our very own museum guide for all those art lovers out there… Enter, these little-known museums in Mexico City.

Museo Frida: Juguete Arte Objeto (Frida Museum: Toy Art Object)

This is a museum within a museum, located in the lower floor of Centro Cultural Estación Indianilla. It has a permanent exhibition of 100 toys art-object made by the hands of artists such as Leonora Carrington, Francisco Toledo, Luis Nishizawa, Raúl Anguiano, Manuel Felguérez, José Luis Cuevas, Gilberto Aceves Navarro, and Roger Von Guten. This is a museum that almost nobody finds, given that they stay in the upper floors, checking out the other exhibitions.

Museo Casa de María Félix (House Museum Maria Felix

Witness the elegance and personality of the great María Felix “La Doña”, the iconic actress of the Golden Age for Mexican Cinema. This house museum is a replica of the famous house La Doña had in France. It showcases personal objects, paintings, sculptures, photographs and memorabilia of the actress. This space is more than museum; it’s a way to honor and discover a part of the actress’s personal life.

Casa Luis Barragán (Luis Barragán House)

An architectonic masterpiece recognized by the UNESCO as World Heritage for its outstanding example of creative work. In fact, it’s the only building in Latin America to have such distinction. Built in 1948 by well-known Mexican architect Luis Barragan, whose style has been admired and imitated since. Inside the house one can admire the library, the studio, garden and details such as the sloped wooden roof.

Luis Barragan Casa Luis Barragan

Original Image: “Luis Barragan - Casa Luis Barragan” by 準建築人手札網站 Forgemind ArchiMedia, used under CC BY 2.0, via Flickr.

Museo del Tatuaje

This museum opened up in March 2014, so it is quite new but it has really interesting information on the history of this art form. In this museum one can find old tattooing devices as well as sketches and drawings from some of the best-known tattoo artists of the world and Mexico; as well as photographs of large and intricate works

Museo Indígena (Indigenous Museum)

A museum where to learn more on the numerous indigenous groups of Mexico, find out how they live, about their traditions, philosophies and art, as well as their legacy and all the knowledge they have passed from generation to generation. In here everyone can learn about Mexico’s diversity and the different ethnic groups that make up the country.

Remember there are hundreds of museums to visit in the city, and these are just some of the underground museums found in Mexico City. Adventure yourself to visit these less explored places, where you’ve probably learn something that locals don’t even know.

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