- The Ex Colegio Carmelita de San Ángel, now the Museo del Carmen, is a sprawling 18th century church and monastery, built by Fray Andrés de San Miguel and located south of Mexico City's center in San Angel. The museum houses an important collection of New Spain religious art by such painters as Cristóbal de Villalpando, Miguel Cabrera, and Juan Correa. One compact gallery displays 50 tiny wax dancers and musicians, intricately crafted by 20th century artist Carmen Antúnez, which depict traditional costumes and rituals from across Mexico, including the Dance of the Old Ones from Michoacán. Don't forget to descend the stone staircase to the basement with its twelve macabre mummies of 19th century priests who slumber inside glass-topped coffins. After you have explored the Museo del Carmen you could easily visit the Museo Casa del Risco and Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo.
How to Get There: Métro: Line 7, Barranca del Muerto Station. Metrobús Insurgentes: Bombilla Station, then walk west 5 minutes on Calle Amargura and turn left on Av. Revolución
Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Admission: MX$41/US$4.10. Free for children under 12, senior citizens, teachers and students. Sunday, free to all
Parking: Street parking only
Services: Restrooms, security guards, printed guide, workshops, temporary exhibitions, children's activities
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