The bulding was built during the XVI century, and after 400 years it was a hospital convent. Nowadays shows one of the most important collections of apply arts: shows, music, teather, literature, performance and movies between many others.
Founded by a German businessman, this museum contains a magnificient collection of colonial graffiti, most of them made in New Spain or in Spain.
The former Convent & Hospital de San Juan de Dios is a remarkable building from the second half of the 16th century which has had several functions. The hospital had a long tradition as a health institute since its founding in 1582. It was known as Royal Hospital of Epiphany or of Our Lady of the Helpless, and attended to the needy of New Spain. Towards 1865 it worked as a civil hospital and Maximilian's administration allocated it to attend to public women. Because of this, although it was called Morelos Hospital, it was better known as Hospital de la Mujer until it closed in 1966. In 1989 it was restored and adapted to hous an enormous and valuable collection of Viceregal, European and Asian art, including applied arts, ceramics, textiles, silver, navigation instruments, cartography, paintings and schulptures.
The museum also holds two temporary exhibits, conferences, book presentations, concerts and workshops, and it has a library, coffee shop and book and gift shop.
It is a nice Museum - you can see a lot of things about the history of the city - maps and so on.
And you usually have temporarly exhibitions or so within the museum with its permanent exhibition.
Tuesday the entrance is free.
opening hours: tuesday to sunday from 10am until 5pm and wednesday from 10am until
- guided tours
- library specialized in art and decorative arts
- children´s workshops´s and shows (weekends and summer)
- museum shop
- cafeteria in the garden
Small and delightful museum - a welcome retreat from the freneticism that is Mexico City. This 16th century building houses the personal silver, furniture, ceramic and textile collection of German-born Franz Mayer. Exhibited over two floors, the collection is stunning and humanly displayed (not a glass-case in sight!).
This is one of the cities foremost museums. It houses a collection of antiques mostly from the 16th through 19th century owned by Franz Mayer.
Admission 20 pesos, free for Seniors (over 60) and children under twelve.
Free for all on Tuesdays
Franz Mayer is a German who took up the Mexican nationality after having lived in Mexico for several years.
In his museum, you can find his entire collection from paintings (even a few painting of Belgian painters!) to fourniture, from china to Mexican objects. Very interesting!
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