Museo Frida Kahlo is a historic house and art museum dedicated to the works of Frida Kahlo, a renowned Mexican artist who lived a fascinating life. Located within Kahlo's birthplace, a bright-blue house in the city, the museum contains an array of works and artefacts from Kahlo's life displayed throughout the rooms of the house. The house itself, however, is maintained to look much like it did in the 1950s.

    Museo Frida Kahlo is suitable for the whole family, but it'll be most thoroughly enjoyed by fans of Kahlo's work. The art is engaging and sure to draw interest from those unfamiliar with Kahlo's work, but those who are already admirers will truly appreciate being immersed in the artist's life and work. The way the museum is set up almost makes the experience feel parasocial, like you're stepping into the life of someone else. Most visitors spend about an hour or 2 here in total.

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    What are the highlights of Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico City?

    The 2 primary highlights of Museo Frida Kahlo are the collection and the building itself. Among the collection, you'll find an array of works created by Kahlo along with works from her husband, Diego Rivera. The pieces consist of Mexican folk art, photos, paintings, and more. You'll find a few paintings by other artists too, such as Paul Klee Celia, Calderon Orozco, and Jose Maria Velasco. You can even see a sculpture crafted by Mardonio Magana.

    At Museo Frida Kahlo, the house itself offers a valuable look into Kahlo's life. Classic Mexican decor can be seen throughout, but some of the most notable pieces are the pre-Hispanic necklaces and folk dresses. The Tehuana-style dresses were Kahlo's signature look, so you'll see plenty of them on display. General history of the area can also be seen in this house, as Kahlo made use of locally handcrafted pots, plates, utensils, and glassware.

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    A brief history of Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico City

    The house that serves as Museo Frida Kahlo dates back to 1904, but it wasn't established as a museum until 1958. Kahlo was born in this house in 1907, and her family looked after the house after she married Diego Rivera and moved out. In 1937, the house was used as a safe haven for Leon Trotsky after he was forced to flee the Soviet Union.

    In the years following, the Museo Frida Kahlo's blue house became a popular meeting place for communist intellectuals. While Trotsky's particular brand of communism eventually fell out of favour with Kahlo and Rivera, they did still hold to the general ideology. You can even see it for yourself with pictures of Stalin, Lenin, Marx, Engels, and Zedong in the artists' bedroom.

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    What else is good to know about Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico City?

    Before heading to the Museo Frida Kahlo, there are some factors to keep in mind. Some items are banned, so make sure not to bring anything that's sharp or any suitcases. Chewing gum also isn't allowed, so make sure to get rid of any you have before entering. Backpacks, toys, food, and any kind of liquids are also prohibited, but you're free to leave them in the cloakroom.

    Visiting the Museo Frida Kahlo will put you close to several other notable attractions in Mexico City. The Cineteca Nacional de Mexico is just to the north, while one of the best pizza shops in town is just a few steps to the south. Additionally, you can relax at Viveros de Coyoacan to the west, which is a well-kept public park.

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    Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico City

    Location: Londres 247, Del Carmen, Coyoacán, 04100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

    Phone: +52 55 5554 5999

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