More than a museum, Dolores Olmedo’s home is a true oasis on the city’s southern side. With a walkway through the gardens of this former plantation in La Noria, chances are you’ll be surprised that you’re still in the city as you stroll among bronze sculptures, trees, native plants and flowers; accompanied by peacocks and xoloitzcuintle dogs that meander into your path.
Dolores Olmedo’s life was as vibrant as her collection: Featuring portraits and photographs celebrating the best of Mexico, furniture and Asian antiques. The first room exhibits the intimate nature of her home and introduces the public to this legendary woman.
As friend and benefactress of Diego Rivera, the main treasure of her collection are the works of the famed painter and that of his most beloved women: his first wife, Angelina Beloff and Frida Kahlo, whose paintings are constantly traveling the world and therefore may not be on display upon your visit. The good news is that even if that’s the case, you’ll still have plenty to see. Among the oil paintings, the watercolors and drawings, you’ll find more than 500 pre-Hispanic artifacts and a unique collection of popular art. Without a doubt, a visit to this museum is a chance to have a taste of the best museums in the city.
Your tour should end with a stop at the cafeteria and a peek in the gift shop. Take a look at the list of events, as there are concerts and outdoor activities on the grounds every weekend.
The museum’s essence is perfect for a morning out or to take an escape from the city into a bygone era.
|Venue name:||Museo Dolores Olmedo|
|Cross street:||Antiguo Camino a Xochimilco|
|Opening hours:||Tue-sun 10am-6pm|
|Transport:||Estación del tren ligero La Noria.|
|Price:||10 pesos for Mexicans, 65 for forgerinors, students and senior citizens 5 pesos and children 1.|