5 Contemporary Art Museums you Must See in Mexico City

Contemporary art museums are tough.  First you’ve got to find them, then you’ve got to figure out the art. But the fact is that Mexico City has more museums than any other city in the world. Sometimes when the there is so much to offer, it is very to decide which one to go to.

We want to make everything easier for you. So we´ve done our homework and  here are five of the best contemporary art museums you’re most likely to find and enjoy. We dare you to visit all five!

Museo Universitario Del Chopo

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In occassions far more famous for the building, constructed more than 100 years ago in Germany, it was moved to Mexico in 1903. The truly impressive renovations which ended in 2010 have resulted in the striking space for exhibitions and performances that we see today. Today the Chopo museum hosts weekly screenings, concerts, and exhibitions of some of the city’s and the world’s most impressive creators.

To get there from La Palomilla you can take the Metrobus from Álvaro Obregón station to El Chopo station.

Museo Jumex

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Opened in the heart of Polanco in 2013, Museo Jumex is the newest contemporary art museum on the scene. It houses one of the largest private collections of contemporary art in Latin America, which includes works by Andy Warhol, Martin Kippenberg, Cy Twombly, and Damien Hirst. The building is as distinctive as the art: The 15,000 square foot white concrete cube was designed by British architect David Chipperfield.

To get there from La Palomilla you can take an Uber.

Museo Rufino Tamayo

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The Tamayo Museum was founded by Rufino Tamayo in 1981, when the Mexican artist donated his own works, in addition to a massive collection of international contemporary art, with the goal of showcasing 20th century art for the public. The building, designed by Mexican architects Teodoro González de León and Abraham Zabludovsky, is made of reinforced concrete and White marble Stone and is located in the middle of Chapultepec Park right next to the Antropología museum and in front of the Chapultepec Castle.

You can walk from La Palomilla here.

Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil

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Among the most beautiful museums in the south of the city, the Carrillo Gil museum was named after the contemporary collector and mid-20th- century benefactor, Dr. Álvaro Carrillo Gil. With a permanent collection of some 2,000 pieces by Mexican artists like Orozco, Rivera and Siqueiros, it’s a must-see. A renewed focus on contemporary art keeps things fresh and includes 300 drawings, paintings, engravings, lithographs, collages, photographs, installations, sculptures, videos and more.

To get there from La Palomilla you can take an uber.

MUAC (Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo)

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The University Museum of Contemporary Art of UNAM is the first museum created expressly for contemporary art in Mexico. Opened in 2008, MUAC has hosted and exhibited striking international and curated exhibitions of some of the most important art in the world. The building itself, designed by architect Teodoro González de León, attracts architecture and design fans alike.

To get there from La Palomilla Bed and Breakfast you can use the Metrobus from Álvaro Obregón station to Centro Cultural Universitario station.

For a long time Mexico City has been a center for anthropology and history, but the city has evolved and become an eclectic place where both the historic and the contemporary can live together. So come enjoy the offer and share your impressions with us.  We will be waiting for you.


Claudia López