The museum is located on the grounds of his home in Coyoacan where he was living in exile, and where he was killed. There is also a small museum nearby full to my surprise by students.
The lady there was very excited to meet a Russian person, and I was pleasantly surprised by the interest that Mexicans show towards Russian history.
You can see my travelogue for more photos.
A few blocks away from the Blue House is the Casa/Museo Leon Trotsky, the house where the Russian revolutionary lived in exile before he was murdered by Ramon Mercader, a Stalinist. Leon Trotsky played a leading role in forming the Red Army to fight the Russian Civil War of 1918-1920. After Lenin’s death however, he was forced into exile by his rival, Joseph Stalin and later granted political asylum in Mexico, thanks to an initiative by Diego Rivera.
He first lived with Frida and Diego before moving into his own house with his wife Natalia during which time he was rumored to have had an affair with the painter. This does not come as a surprise to those who knew of her notoriety for affairs and her public admittance of her bisexuality.
Trotsky’s death was the result of a second attempt at his life, as explained to us by the museum's guide. The first attempt was an assault on his house by Mexican Stalinists led by the muralist David Alfaro Siquieros, which left his bedroom riddled with bullet holes and his grandson Seva wounded but stable. They had managed to find a corner of the house away from the line of fire.
Though the interior of the house is stark, austere and depressingly dark, it is hard to imagine as you stand by Trotsky’s tomb in the tranquil garden brimming with cacti and fig trees that this place had seen so much violence.
How could you not! Slightly dull museum with many old photos of Trotsky and his wife with colleagues (some you know, many you don't, unless you are a afficianado). What is more fascinating is his final home, left much as it was - a very simple, dour place, made the more poignant by the fact that if he had remained in the USSR, a man of his position would have been surrounded by more luxury. And he is buried in the garden....
The Museo Casa de Leon Trotsky is a museum in honor of one of the ex-USSR founder who for political reasons requested and obtained political asylum in Mexico. Leon Trotsky befriended many outstanding Mexican artists of the time, including Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Speaking off, the Museo de Frida Kahlo is a kilometer or so away so you can easily walk there or take a taxi. I definitely recommend a visit to both of them.
After seeing the movie "Frida", actually not knowing all the details about Trotzky´s life - it was very interesting to see this museum. more the house itself, not all the pictures...
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