Mexican Cultural Institute
Mexican Cultural Institute
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Neighbourhood: Columbia Heights
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  • Columbia Heights • 6 min walk
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Kyle F
Maple Shade, NJ660 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
They currently have a beautiful exhibit on silver. The murals inside the beautiful mansion are breathtaking. The second floor has rooms with beautiful architecture and furniture. I would gladly visit again. The staff was so friendly and welcoming. We really enjoyed our visit.. and it's free!
Written 22 July 2015
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bluegreen1234
Arlington, VA17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
Although I went for an evening musical performance, my favorite part of the visit was seeing the beautiful murals on the interior walls of the Cultural Institute. When you first enter, they will take your breath away. The walls were painted in the Diego Rivera style in 1930 and 1931 by a student of his that Rivera personally recommended to paint these murals. Cueva del Río's outstanding work is on a challenging "canvas" due to the many angles and surface size variations presented in this historic mansion. Staircase walls, the second floor landing, and other interesting places were painted, as are many broader expanses of room walls. Each space tells a piece of the cultural story.
I look forward to visiting again to take the offered tour and to spend more time admiring the exquisite detail of this beautiful work. If you enjoy Diego Rivera's style of bright & beautiful colors depicting cultural activities, the del Rios murals in the Mexican Cultural Institute are not to be missed.
Also, be sure to check the website before your visit. Check out the featured artwork on display and to see if you can tie in a scheduled performance or docent led tour when you visit.
Written 3 February 2018
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jtmurrayrealtor
Washington DC, DC392 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Friends
The Mexican Cultural Institute is housed in a beautiful 100-year old mansion at 16th and Harvard St NW. It is well worth a visit to see the rotating exhibits, but more so to see the amazing architecture and murals. Group tours are available, but I found it more interesting to explore the multi-level building on my own. A perfect spot to hold a private event. The Mexican Cultural Institute was recently designated as an Historic Landmark in the DC inventory of Historic Sites and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Written 26 July 2015
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Happy_on_the_road
Miami, FL3,693 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Business
French classic home with French and Mexican decor, but what I loved is the tile patio with tiles named for each of Mexico's 31 states. A real gem of a place that I bet would get packed with weddings and corporate events if more people knew about it. I loved it.
Written 10 June 2015
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Chinapjs
Washington DC, DC3,635 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Friends
Kind of hidden on 16th street but really worth a visit. And it's free. Mansion built in 1910 for the U.S. Treasury Secretary. It was long tome Mexican Embassy. Murals done by famous Mexican muralist Roberto Cueva in 1933. Various temporary exhibits that change regularly. Concerts occasionally. Now houses the Cultural section of the Mexican embassy. Open to public Monday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm and Saturdays during exhibitions from 12 to 4 pm.
Written 1 November 2018
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Chinapjs
Washington DC, DC3,635 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Friends
I ran an American Cultural Center overseas many years ago so I have a fondness for other countries cultural centers. This one is particularly good for its exhibits of Mexican painting and sculpture. There is an interesting exhibit right now plus you should never miss the murals on the staircase which are permanent. Free admission
Written 28 May 2017
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Prawet J
Washington DC, DC12,795 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Solo
The Mexican Cultural Institute is located in the old Mansion of the Mexican Embassy. It is open to public via secured door. Because of the Mexican flag on the balcony, many people still think it is the Embassy building. The building is solely the house of the institute. Permanent exhibits mainly are murals on the wall at the staircase, some artifacts and paintings. Check the institute's website for temporary exhibits and other activities and performance. The interior of the buildings is worth the time to stop by to visit. The wooden staircases, the mural by different artists, furniture the decor of function rooms are magnificent. The time I stopped by, only 3 people visited the place. The current exhibit is about the survey of the 1821 border between Mexico and United States. Excellent history to learn about the two countries.
Written 18 January 2017
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