This museum designed by Diego Rivera shows the collection of prehispanical pieces this muralist gathered during his life.
Diego Rivera was a great admiror of Mexico ancient cultures and he wanted to make a museum to preserve the pieces after his dead and for mexicans to know their history, the result is this weird building resembling the aztec architecture.
The museum is a 3 story building with pieces from cultures like "Zapotecos", "Mixtecos", "Totonacas", "Toltecas", "Olmecas", "Teotihuacanos", the western civilizations and the first towns in central Mexico. On the roof there is a viewpoint.
You can also see a reproduction of Rivera`s studio and some unfinished paintings
and don´t forget to check the ceiling, it has prehispanical images resembling snakes and warriors, I saw them almost by accident and I`m sure a lot of visitors mis them.
The museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
Each year on December, the museum celebrates Rivera´s birthday with a danzón concert, wich was his favorite music.
It is difficult getting there so if you don`t have anyone to take you use a taxi, the nearest train station is "Xotepingo".
It`s a nice collection and a chance to know different cultures appart from mayans and aztecs
I consider this little known museum to be one of the best places to learn about the culture of my country.
It was inaugurated in 1982 and since then they organize temporal exhibitions wich are showed on one of the six rooms of the museum for several months before the new one arrives, this guarantees that every time you visit it you'll find something new to see.
All the museum exhibitions are about the culture of my country, and I mean the real mexican culture and not the things that are usually sold to tourists, I have visited many times and between the exhibitions I recall there was one about the growing and production of cofee, about the mexican typical candies, about "la huasteca" cultural zone, about the mexican wrestling and about the corn and it relationship with the mexican people, last time I checked they had an exhibition about wax sculptures from Salamanca, Guanajuato, I can't tell you what are they planning next but i am sure that whenever you visit it you'll have the chance to learn something about my country you will hardly find anywhere else. It is not known but is definetively worthy.
The entrance to the museum is completely free and it is open from friday to sunday (10:00 - 20:00) and from tuesday to thursday (10:00- 18:00).
Avenida Universidad runs from north to south, and Quevedo from east to west. In the intersection of these two avenues there is a little roundabout or glorieta. Its southwest quadrant corresponds to Chimalistac neighborhood, while its northeast quadrant to the different Colonias that make up Coyoacan neighborhood, which must not be confused with the Coyoacan borough, which is really huge, extending as far as Ciudad Universitaria.
On this intersection and its surrounding area there are several bookstores; all of them have a wide assortment of books and offer as well coffee shops, book presentations, concerts and records, in addition to second-hand books and many other things that cater to all tastes and budgets.