Rufino Tamayo Museum


Av. Morelos 503
North of the zócalo between Tinoco y Palacios and Porfirio Díaz
Oaxaca City, Mexico



NileGuide Expert tip:

Guided tours in English are given every Wednesday and Friday at 5:00 pm.


Rufino Tamayo was a abstract and surrealist painter born in Oaxaca. Many people visit the Rufino Tamayo Museum expecting to find paintings by Tamayo. But this building, constructed in 1979 by the renown architects Teodoro Gonzalez de Leon y Abraham Zabludovsky, actually contains the artist's personal collection of pre-Columbian art, gathered over a 20-year period.

Unlike many others pre-hispanic museums in Mexico, the piece in this one are not displayed chronologically or by civilization. Instead,  Tamayo grouped them by themes and designed the displays and each room.

When the artist died in 1991, he left the museum to his fellow Mexicans.


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