Visiting the Soumaya Museum in Mexico City
The Soumaya Museum, or Museo Soumaya in Spanish, is Mexico’s most popular art museum – founded by its richest citizen, Carlos Slim. The museum houses tens of thousands of artworks from the past including Rococo French sculptures, dreamlike Venetian paintings, traditional Mexican tile works, and even ancient Chinese art. Slim knew that many citizens of his country couldn’t afford to travel to Europe to view art, so he decided to bring the art to them and house it in his country’s capital. Entry to the museum is free.
Slim’s intentions to elevate Mexico City to an enticing cultural destination certainly paid off – and the Museo Soumaya, named after his late wife, was certainly a deciding factor of why I decided to visit Mexico City.
Even if you’re not a fan of art, the building itself is worth seeing for yourself. It towers above many of Mexico City’s decaying buildings, and stands pristinely while reflecting the hot Mexican sun. Composed of hexagonal silver tiles which form a cylinder with sharply concave walls, the museum building is physically unlike any other I’ve seen.
Inside, the museum wraps upwards over several floors until you finally reach the top where the hundreds of French sculptures are basked in sunlight which streams in from a rooftop window. Aside from the top floor, the entire museum doesn’t have any windows!
My Favorite Works
On the ground floor is an absolutely gorgeous wall tile artwork by Diego Rivera:
Rio Juchitan, 1956
David Alfaro Siqueiros, El Padre de la primera victima de la huelga de Cananea, 1961
Mexican money coins!
Charles Francis Fuller
Pierre de Belay
Hundreds of Sculptures:
Boulevard Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 303
Granada, Miguel Hidalgo, 11529
Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Sunday – Monday 10:30am-6:30pm; Tuesday Closed; Wednesday – Friday 10:30am-6:30pm; Saturday 10:30am-8pm