- Type: Museums
NileGuide Expert Says:
This is one of the most important museums in Mexico, so you have to go! They also usually have great temporary exhibitions too, so be sure to ask at the ticket office about that.
NileGuide Expert tip:
This is a big museum, so if you don't have enough time, you probably should decide beforehand what do you wanna see. The temporary exhibitions are great too, but most of the time they're big, so just consider those among the other exhibitions when you decide what to see. Be sure to ask for headphones at the ticket office, because all along the museum, you'll find computers with information in many languages. This is great if you have kids, because it's a tactile system, so it allows them to play AND learn at the same time. And be sure to look at the big portrait of a woman at the main entrance. Most people pass it by, but it was painted by Diego Rivera. That lady is Amparo Rugarcía de Espinosa Yglesias, wife of Manuel Espinosa Yglesias, an important banker and philanthropist and the founder of this museum, which was named after his wife.
- The Museo Amparo was opened in 1991, and since then, it's become one of the most important museums in Mexico. It's set in a complex of beautiful colonial buildings remodeled to accommodate this beautiful museum.
There are plenty of things to see here. This museum has the second largest pre-Hispanic pieces collection in Mexico, only after the National Anthropologic Museum in Mexico City. The Colonial Art rooms are beautiful, being in a Colonial building sure helps. In there you can see how'd a regular Colonial house be displayed. After admiring the pre-Hispanic art, to see the many religious and civil works of art shown here, sure can give you and idea of the transition this country had to go through since the arrival of the Spaniards. And the transition is still on. The Museo Amparo has an important modern and contemporary art collection that shows the newest and most important movements in mexican and world art. In this museum there's also a big temporary exposition area, and they're usually pretty good, so ask at the ticket office about who is exhibiting and if you still have time, go check it out.
- Very Highly Recommended 2010