Diego Rivera Museum, Museo Anahuacalli

Diego Rivera was a well-known Mexican artist who is famous for the murals he painted in Mexico and the US. He was married to Frida Kahlo, another famous Mexican artist. Both Diego and Frida were dedicated to improving the lives of the Mexican people and used their art and international standing to influence positive change. They are celebrated historical figures in Mexico.

Museo Anahuacalli, Coyoacan. Photo by Angela Grier

I explored Diego Rivera’s museum, Museo Anahuacalli, with my family and our tour guide. There is a small fee to enter the museum and a separate, additional fee that allows you to take pictures while you are visiting. Pay the fee and take pictures – it is worth it.

Diego Rivera was an avid collector of Pre-Hispanic artifacts. He wanted to create a place where he could display his vast collection of sculptures. In a previous post, I toured the Frida Kahlo Museum, Casa Azul. There are some Pre-Hispanic artifacts on display in Casa Azul, but the majority of Rivera’s collection is on display at Museo Anahuacalli. For a more complete understanding of the lives of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and their contributions to Mexico, it is important to visit both museums. I highly recommend using a tour guide for a more comprehensive look into their lives and contributions to Mexico.

Museo Anahuacalli. Photo by Angela Grier

Museo Anahuacalli is a large stone structure built to resemble various aspects of Pre-Hispanic architecture, specifically those aspects found in pyramids like the ones at Teotihuacan. Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent, is an important part of Teotihuacan culture and is represented throughout the architecture and artwork in this building. 

As you wander through the small and large galleries of sculptures on display, and up and down the stairwells from the first floor to the rooftop, pay attention to the mosaics on the ceilings and floors throughout the museum. These mosaics depict different parts of Pre-Hispanic culture and beliefs.

In the largest gallery, sketches of some of Diego Rivera’s famous murals, including one on display in Bellas Artes, cover the walls, mixed in with the displays of Pre-Hispanic sculptures. 

Diego Rivera’s collection of Pre-Hispanic sculptures is impressive. This is a must-see museum in Coyoacan. It is not far from Casa Azul and these two museums can easily be seen in one day.

After visiting Diego Rivera’s Museo Anahuacalli, Teotihuacan and the National Museum of Anthropology should be on your list of additional places to visit as you discover more about the culture and history of Mexico.

Published by Angela.Grier

I'm a wife of an engineer and a mom of two elementary-aged children, a boy and a girl. I was a fisheries biologist for several years, a stay-at-home mom for three years, then a middle school science teacher for three years. I currently live in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico with my family. I have a WIDE variety of interests, too many according to my husband. I quilt, crochet, knit, scrapbook. I sometimes play piano when I need peaceful moments. I love to cook, especially anything containing eggs (someday I need to raise chickens in order to feed my egg addiction). I read voraciously, books of all genres from Stephen King to Robert Jordan, Libba Bray to Edward Robertson, Grace Burrowes to Kim Harrison. I like to run, especially in races (I'm only a little competitive). I love to fish, camp, and hike wherever there are wild spaces. And if there were more hours in the day, I'd probably fill those extra hours learning a new skill or revisiting the ones I did not include in this list because it's been so long since I last did them.

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