Oaxaca has produced some of Mexico's most famous modern a contemporary artists: Rufino Tamayo, Francisco Gutierrez and Francisco Toledo among others. The Museum of Contemporary Art of Oaxaca or MACO (Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Oaxaca) was opened in 1992 to exhibit the work of these artists and many more.
The museum is in a 18th Century building called "Casa de Cortes" because locals believe it was built to be Hernan Cortes' residence after he was named Marques del Valle de Oaxaca (Marquis of the Oaxaca Valley), though it was actually built a century after Cortes died. Nevertheless, the facade and the inside of the house is beautiful.
The museum has a permanent collection and some temporary exhibit rooms. It's also the stage of many cultural activities like workshops, concerts, conferences and more.
It opens everyday (but Tuesday) from 10.30 to 20:00 hrs.