Dolores Olmedo Museum

The Dolores Olmedo Museum is the former house and art collection of the famous Mexican businesswoman, philanthropist, and friend of artist Frida Kahlo. In 1962 Dolores acquired La Noria, which she would later convert into the Museo Dolores Olmedo. First opening in 1994, this museum features her entire collection of art including contemporary, folk, and pre-Hispanic art. Her friendship with Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera also resulted in her amassing a large collection by these famous Mexican artists. Of all the art museums in Mexico City, the Dolores Olmedo has the greatest collection of work by Frida Kahlo. The complex is spread over five buildings and features many works of art along with her original decorations of the house, including china. Dolores Olmedo died in 2002 and left funds for taking care of her museum.

Located in the town of Xochimilco, The Dolores Olmedo Museum is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. The admission price is low for visitors, and even lower for Mexican citizens. In addition, the Museo Dolores Olmedo is free on Tuesdays, if you’re traveling on a budget. Guided tours of the museum are available as an extra cost and must be arranged in advance. Beyond the permanent collection, a number of temporary exhibitions keep a trip to this museum exciting. Other art museums in Mexico City include the Museum of Modern Art and the Frida Kahlo Museum, and Mexico City is also home to a number of excellent galleries.

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