Frida Kahlo Museum

 

Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City

Visiting the Frida Kahlo Museum

I always knew that one of the special must visit places in Mexico City is Casa Azul, now known as the Frida Kahlo Museum. Casa Azul is the iconic home where Frida Kahlo and her painter husband, Diego Rivera lived and created amazing art that featured the events, Mexican lifestyle and culture that was at a resurgence during that timeframe and into modern time. After seeing many of Frida and Diego’s works in museums around the world, I was really excited about getting an inside look at their personal home and Diego’s dedication of Casa Azul into a museum to honor Frida.  Casa Azul or the Blue House is located outside of the central district in an a borough of Mexico city called Coyoacan, once a city on its own and eventually engulfed into the Mexico city metropolitan region.

 

 

Entrance to the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City

 

Imposing blue walls surround Casa Azul on the outside, offering little insight to the magical compound inside the home. But once you enter through the main gate, it all turns into a colorful and lush environment separated from the chaos and noise of the outside street. The large central courtyard is a large and lush tropical garden with fountains and artwork placed both inside and outside the buildings. The main building surrounds the garden areas including some additional galleries that are all part of the Frida Kahlo Museum named in her honor.

 

 

Central interior garden of the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City

A lush garden greets you after you enter the main entrance

 

Casa Azul is one of Mexico City’s most popular museums containing Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s personal collections, artwork, photographs and other personal items. It’s a fascinating look into two of Mexico’s most famous personalities of that era and Diego Rivera donated the home and personal effects to the government into a museum in Frida’s memory. During their timeframe living in Casa Azul, Frida and Diego hosted many of the most influential artists, musicians, intellectuals and wealthy bohemians from around the world.

 

Central interior garden of the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City

 

Let’s tour Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul

A long line snakes around the interior garden and walls of the home before you enter the actual home at Casa Azul which fortunately moves at a good pace. While I was waiting, I struck up a conversation with someone who visits Mexico City regularly and she mentions that I should also visit the nearby museum dedicated to Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo called Museo Anahuacalli which I will detail further down in the post. In spite of the rather long line, I take the time to enjoy the lush gardens and sculpture and notice the lovely architectural details of the exterior façade of the home.

Tip – once you enter the gates, head directly to the main line to get into the house.

 

Interior window to the kitchen Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City

 

Entering Casa Azul

You enter directly into the main door into a small parlor that is currently being used as a painting gallery of photographs and some artwork done by Frida. This leads into another room, which was used primarily as the living room where Frida and Diego hosted important dignitaries and international visitors like Nelson Rockefeller, George Gershwin and Leon Trotsky. These painting galleries contain many of Frida’s minor art pieces but the highlight of this room is her famous watermelon painting below along with a variety of photographs taken of her and visitors to Casa Azul. In the following galleries are also works from Diego Rivera including paintings and his drawings.

 

 

Frida's famous watermelon painting Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City

Frida’s famous watermelon painting

 

 

 

Painting galleries Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City

Photos and paintings at the entrance galleries of Casa Azul

 

 

 

Self portrait Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City

A self portrait of Frida Kahlo

 

The dining room at Casa Azul

After the painting galleries you take a right into the colorful dining room with its pretty ceramic collection of green ceramics contrasting to some bright yellow wood displays – it’s a joyful room and filled with bright artwork and whimsical sculpture. I can already imagine the wonderful dinners and conversations that must have been taking place in this beautiful room. Beautiful earthenware pottery and other personal hand made collections line the walls and were purchased from Oaxaca,  Metepec, Tlaquepaque and Guanajuato.

 

The dining room at Casa Azul in Mexico City

 

 

 

 

Beautiful green ceramic dishes offset by bright yellow display cases

Diego Rivera’s bedroom

Off the main dining room is Diego’s private bedroom, small but the interesting vignette displays are also colorful and pleasing to the eye. It must have been nice to have a great meal and practically roll into bed right next door after a lively dinner gathering. Hanging on the wall are Diego’s work clothes and hats, including a collection of some of his favorite artwork on the walls.

 

Diego's bedroom and displays at Casa Azul in Mexico City

 

 

 

Diego's bedroom and displays at Casa Azul in Mexico City

A collection of hats and painting overalls

 

The kitchen at Casa Azul

The kitchen just off the dining room is also colorful and full of whimsy and charming vignettes. The decorated walls are studded with little pots spelling out the name of Frida and Diego next to a pair of doves tied together into a lovers knot. The blue and yellow tile along with the ceramic pottery and handicraft items is where Frida spent a lot of her time and I can see why she loved this room so much – it is filled with personality and love.

 

The main kitchen and displays at Casa Azul in Mexico City

The main cooking areas and displays in the kitchen

 

 

 

 

The main kitchen and displays at Casa Azul in Mexico City

What a joyful kitchen to cook and dine in

 

The main kitchen and displays at Casa Azul in Mexico City

Little ceramic pots create a pair of doves entwined

 

 

Frida Kahlo’s Bedroom and private chambers

The two rooms on the other side of the dining room are Frida’s bedroom and studio area. The bed displays a sculptured head surrounding by one of her scarves in a beautiful display. Under the canopy is a large mirror that she used to she herself while painting self portraits. I noticed at the foot of the bed, a photo montage that included the likes of many famous political figures like Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, Lenin and Karl Marx.

 

 

Friday Kahlo's bedroom and displays at Casa Azul in Mexico City

A sculptured face wrapped in Frida’s scarf lies on her bed

 

 

 

Friday Kahlo's bedroom and displays at Casa Azul in Mexico City

Animated dolls decorate Frida’s bedroom walls

 

 

Frida Kahlo’s painting studio

Frida’s studio is definitely my favorite room with displays of her painting materials, easel and other personal mementos. There’s a beautiful vignette of her wheel chair facing an unfinished painting of different fruits, probably one of many still life’s I can imagine being propped up on a table for her to visualize and then paint. Her work table nearby, looks like it is ready for her to start mixing some paints or open up any of the colored inks for her to draw with.

 

Frida Kahlo's painting studio and displays at Casa Azul in Mexico City

A photograph of Diego and some pastels and mixed media at Frida’s studio

 

 

 

Frida Kahlo's painting studio and displays at Casa Azul in Mexico City

Painting display and wheelchair in the studio

 

After visiting her studio which is the last room upstairs, you climb down a stone staircase that faces a beautiful mosaic stone fountain with large mosaic frogs at the bottom. A display on the side under the home shows some temporary exhibits (on this visit I saw some gorgeous Day of the Dead displays which were stunning to see)

 

 

Display gallery of Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe

 

Frida Kahlo's wardrobe displays at Frida Kahlo Museum

A collection of traditional Mexican folk dresses

 

In a separate wing of the museum is a new gallery displaying many of the traditional dresses that Frida loved to wear for her daily wear. These Tehuana-style style Mexican folk dresses became her signature style along with over the top head pieces and ornamentation she used from handicraft items made throughout Mexico.

 

Frida Kahlo's wardrobe displays at Frida Kahlo Museum

 

 

 

 

Frida Kahlo's headdress displays at Frida Kahlo Museum

Frida’s headdresses are also elaborate and colorful

 

 

 

Outdoor art displays

 

Elaborate Day of the dead display at Frida Kahlo Museum

Elaborate Day of the dead display at Frida Kahlo Museum

 

The visit to the Frida Kahlo Museum was just incredible and exceeded everything I imagined their collections and personal lives must have been like to live and celebrate their lives together in Mexico City and creating amazing art for the world to appreciate.

 

Elaborate Day of the dead display at Frida Kahlo Museum

Day of the Dead displays are whimsical and full of color

 

Museo Anahuacalli

A short taxi cab drive from Casa Azul and in the same borough is Museo Anahuacalli, another art museum dedicated to Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.Diego worked on most of the details for the museum containing many of Diego’s drawings, collections and other paintings. Housed in a building that looks more like a fortress mixed in with a Mexican type of pyramid, the tall structure lets you walk all the way to the rooftop with expansive views all over Mexico City. There is a rotating show on some of the lower levels, ancient artifacts that were owned by the benefactor of Diego Rivera and Frida, along with works from both artists. Below are some photographs of the interiors and views from the rooftop deck.

Tip – for the price of admission to the Frida Kahlo museum, you also get free admission to Museo Anahuacalli. It’s a short cab ride away in the same borough, so you can see both museums in one visit.

 

 

Museo Anahuacalli dedicated to Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo

The façade of Museo Anahuacalli dedicated to Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo

 

 

 

Meso American artifacts at Museo Anahuacalli in Mexico City

 

 

 

 

Large scale Diego Rivera drawings at Museo Anahuacalli in Mexico City

Large scale Diego Rivera drawings at Museo Anahuacalli in Mexico City

 

 

Beautiful tile mosaics on each floors ceilings

Beautiful tile mosaics on each floors ceilings

 

 

 

Rooftop views of Mexico City from Museo Anahuacalli in Mexico City

 

Details for a visit to both Museums

Museo Anahuacalli .

Museo 150, Coyoacán, San Pablo Tepetlapa, 04620 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

For hours and admission, check their website here

 

Frida Kahlo Museum

Londres 247, Del Carmen, Coyoacán, 04100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

For hours and admission, check their website here

 

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17 Responses to Frida Kahlo Museum

  1. Nettoyage April 6, 2017 at 12:47 am #

    So colorful pictures, and museums looks so amazing. The price is cheap?

  2. Karla January 19, 2017 at 5:53 am #

    I love how varied the pieces are and how vibrant all the colors were! Aside from parks , I also make sure to visit as much museums as i possibly can during my travels. So much culture, history, and story behind everything. Thanks for sharing and happy travels!

  3. Chrysoula January 17, 2017 at 11:23 am #

    That is a museum I would love to visit since I admire their work. Through your amazing photos, I felt like I was actually in the museum

  4. Lydia@LifeUntraveled January 17, 2017 at 7:22 am #

    It’s so interesting that Casa Azul has remained intact. It must really feel like you’re stepping back in time and actually visiting as a guest in their home. As an Interior Designer, I’m getting a lot of inspiration just by looking at your photos (like the wall decor with the tiny pots – love it!).

  5. Charles Kuhn January 16, 2017 at 10:01 pm #

    Noel, excellent coverage of your trip. Mexico city has been on my bucket list for some years. Travel solo as freelance photographer and I think this presentation just says GO!!! Thank you PS How much $$$ or peso’s do tour guide cost? Mexico looks reasonable to USA tourists. Thanks again

    • Noel January 17, 2017 at 7:23 am #

      You can check the link to the site I have on the post for costs, you can also DIY if you have more time, I did some of that and also worked with a custom tour to save time/effort to seeing everything on my list.

  6. Nathan January 15, 2017 at 3:10 pm #

    I did not know Frida had an entire museum dedicated to her! That’s so amazing. I have a friend that loves her, I would love to take her. She would love to visit the home. Mexico City is so high on my list. I actually hope to make it there this year!

  7. melody pittman January 15, 2017 at 8:29 am #

    Noel, this looks like something I would absolutely LOVE! What an awesome visit. Were you, by chance, with Christine on this trip? I know she visited this fall and I was so jealous. Definitely adding to my bucket list. 😉

    • Noel January 15, 2017 at 8:48 am #

      No I visited on my own since I had a packed itinerary of visiting places in the city and really I had to weed out a lot of places that is on my roster to visit soon!

  8. LeAnna Brown January 14, 2017 at 5:24 pm #

    While I’m not a giant “art museum” kinda gal, not knowing much about Mexican art, I think this would be a great glimpse into the culture!

  9. kathy (from walkaboutwanderer.com) January 14, 2017 at 5:10 pm #

    I love that they have opened up their home so people can see their lives at such a personal level. Thank you for sharing your experience.

  10. Denis C Gagnon January 14, 2017 at 2:06 pm #

    What a beautiful Frida Kahlo museum and superb photos to lure us along! I can’t believe that I lived in Mexico for almost five years and never got there. Inexcusable, since it seems that the museum opened in 1958 and we moved to Mexico in 1978. Thanks!

  11. Kavey at Kavey Eats January 14, 2017 at 1:22 pm #

    I’ve enjoyed her works around the world too but had no idea her and Diego Rivera’s home was open for visitors like this. I think I like the gardens and the kitchin dining areas best, though it all looks really colourful and eclectic.

  12. Kallsy January 14, 2017 at 7:46 am #

    What stunning pieces of preserved history! I had no idea that it existed. I love that they have left many artifacts to ensure authenticity of your experience. I appreciate all of the helpful details and gorgeous photographs. I will have to visit for myself to experience it!

    • Noel January 14, 2017 at 9:03 am #

      Yes, it really is a lovely tribute from Husband to wife!

  13. Debbra Dunning Brouillette January 9, 2017 at 5:29 pm #

    What a fascinating artist couple! Being able to go through their actual home and see how they lived and worked allows visitors to really connect with them in a personal way. Your photos really tell the story… as usual!

  14. Donna Janke January 9, 2017 at 3:54 am #

    Both museums look interesting but I am especially taken with Frida Kahlo Museum. Everything is so vibrant and colourful. A definite must-see if I get to Mexico City some day.

I look forward to hearing from you and continuing our discussion with any comment you would like to add

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