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“A small colonial jewel near the Zocalo”

Museum of the City of Mexico (Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico)
Ranked #138 of 540 things to do in Mexico City
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Owner description: The Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico is located in the Old Palace of the Counts of Calimaya, an eighteenth century building converted into a museum in 1964. Recently renovated, the museum offers temporary exhibitions of national and international artists, tours of the Palace, lectures, children's and family workshops, concerts and many other activities.
Reviewed 20 August 2013

This compact museum is housed in a wonderful 18th Century building that has been well preserved. There are some standing exhibits (19th Century carriages and a bus from the 1920s), and we enjoyed an exhibit based on traditional costumes from around Mexico. We especially liked viewing the marvelous photographs of Manuel Ramos-- the man who took the famous photo of Villa and Zapata sitting side-by-side at the National Palace. The entrance fee is 25 pesos, less if you have local student or teacher identification. The studio of Joaquin Clausell, a permanent exhibit, is a treat. Guides are available, though we didn't take advantage of this on this visit. This is easy walking distance from the Zocalo-- in the opposite direction from the Cathedral. There are a number of shopping centers and stores in this area; it can be very crowded. See if you can find the saddle shop that has all things charro or the wonderful huarache and leather goods store (El Colibri) on Pino Suarez Avenue.

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Reviewed 12 August 2012

The exhibits change here, but the buidling itself is a colonial gem (be sure to see the Aztec sculpture embedded in the cornerstone). TIP: go upstairs to visit THE STUDIO OF JOAQUIN CLAUSELL, a hidden gem!

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Reviewed 20 May 2012

We stopped by here because it was recommended in Lonely Planet. It was a little underwhelming for a 'museum'. There were some interesting temporary art exhibits, but the main historical exhibit was closed. Still, it is centrally located and is worth a quick visit if you have the time.

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Reviewed 27 November 2011

On the third floor of the museum, you will find the best kept secret in the city--the studio of Joaquin Clausell. The artist has painted on all four walls of the room in the most surreal, fantastic collage of dreams one can imagine. You can stay for hours changing positions in the room and your distance from each piece. No matter how many times you visit you will see and feel something new. Additionally, there are often very interesting temporary exhibits. How long you will stay will depend on the temporary exhibits.

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Reviewed 11 August 2011

I have seen some really fun changing exhibits at this centrally-located museum, and the place always seems to have a great 'feel' to it. Just the Clausell studio being permanently on view makes it worth the visit, but there are always lots of other facets of Mexico City life to explore as well. Also, check out the events the museum offers from time to time -- you just might happen upon a once-in-a-lifetime concert , as I did some years ago when Guadalupe Palomera sang there.
Here's a link to a bit more info on the Clausell studio - http://wcities.com/mexico-city/museums-galleries/poi-estudio-de-joaqu%C3%ADn-clausell-62694.html

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