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Museo Dolores Olmedo
Av México 5843, La Noria, Xochimilco, Ciudad de Mexico, D.F., México
01 55 5555 0891
NileGuide Expert tip:
November is a great time to visit because Ms. Olmedo's tradition of creating a beautiful offering to honor the dead (celebrated on November 1st and 2nd) continues year after year. The colors and creativity from the flower arrangements are something you will find nowhere else in the world.
This was Dolores Olmedo's home in the southern part of Mexico City. She was a friend of Diego Rivera and posed for him as many paintings of his will attest. Ms. Olmedo was a very wealthy and active socialite from the 1930's through the 1960's and since 1994, a few years before her death she converted this XVII century mansion into a museum and opened it to the public for everyone to enjoy.
The gardens are immaculate and the peacocks that roam freely are a sight to behold but her private collection of 145 of Diego Rivera's paintings as well as a substantial sampling of Frida Kahlo's work are the reason you should trek to this part of the city.
You will not feel like you are in a staid museum but rather a guest of Ms. Olmedo because the house has been maintained as it was when she lived here and many of her personal items are on display as well as her bedroom and other rooms which until a few years ago were closed to the public. There is a restaurant and a gift shop and you should probably devote half a day to this visit since getting there can take at least half an hour depending on traffic.