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Brilliant for what it is

My wife and I often discuss how brilliant the Smithsonian concept of free museums is and were... read more

Reviewed 25 April 2018
Olympia, Washington
Beautiful building, good museum

This museum is located in the beautiful historic building on Madero that houses a Mixup on the... read more

Reviewed 25 May 2017
Toluca, Mexico
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Reviewed 25 April 2018

My wife and I often discuss how brilliant the Smithsonian concept of free museums is and were delighted today to see the Mexicans understand the idea, at least here. It was later in the day, we didn't have a plan and happened into Estanquillo. Being...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

This museum is located in the beautiful historic building on Madero that houses a Mixup on the ground floor. The museum is free, and well worth an hour to browse around, especially the old time photos of Mexico City. The rooftop terrace offers stunning views...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed 8 March 2017

Went there on a recommendation from an acquaintance that told me it was a must see. Several feet away from the Downtown Hotel where I was staying. The Carlos Monsiváis exhibit, was truly eye opening in terms of Mexico's rich culture. Three floors full of...More

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Chilangos is the nickname that inhabitants of Mexico City use to refere to ourselves. And a great chronicler of the City was Carlos Monsivais, whose heritage was this museum. It is a great way to understand popular urban culture (lucha libre, tacos, traditions). It is...More

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank Carolina E
Reviewed 15 October 2016

Near the Zocalo, Mexico city's main square, exhibits personal collection of arts, crafts and toys of the mexican writer and social critic Carlos Monsivais. It's always free and contains even Guadalupe Posadas works.

Date of experience: October 2016
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Reviewed 23 December 2015

This museum houses all the items that Carlos Monsivais, the writer, cumulated along his life. Those include newspaper clippings, old magazines, engravings, drawings, traditional toys and much more. The collection includes magnificent prints of the famous "calaveras" from José Guadalupe Posada. Monsivais used to keep...More

Date of experience: December 2015
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Reviewed 5 November 2015

The museum itself is pretty tiny, but had a great exhibit of photos and other paraphernalia of or relating to the big earthquake of 1985. Being from California, I have always had an awareness of earthquakes, so this was interesting to me. It's a free...More

Date of experience: October 2015
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Reviewed 18 October 2015

A nice little museum where you can see a glimpse of what "chilangos" (Mexico City inhabitants) are made of... A funny and intelligent way to understand what we love and what we have experienced through the years. There´s a nice cafeteria on the rooftop.

Date of experience: December 2014
Thank Carolina E
Reviewed 24 May 2015 via mobile

Museum is located right in the downtown, several meters aways from zocalo(the main square). It's always free! And you get a chance to get a free tour around it(i think every hour they come to you and ask you if you want to join). There...More

Thank Polina S
Reviewed 26 April 2015 via mobile

We've been here she real times and always enjoyed quirky shows. Free museum on she and floor. This time there was also an opportunity to try linoleum printing. Fun! Good for kids too.

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Histórico, the vast expanse of historical buildings
and monuments that are a must when exploring Mexico
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Postal, Casa de los Azulejos and Palacio de Bellas
Artes are the perfect eye candy for anyone seeking to
admire arts and architecture. Don't forget to visit
the wide variety of markets and plazas where any
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