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“Oasis in the city with a striking collection including Kàhlo and Rivera”

Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino
Ranked #20 of 500 things to do in Mexico City
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Owner description: Located in Xochimilco, at Mexico City’s southern extreme, the Dolores Olmedo Museum is housed in a rambling stone structure, originally dating from the Sixteenth Century, formerly known as the Hacienda La Noria. By donating her art collection to the people of Mexico, Dolores Olmedo Patiño created a cohesive whole, where treasures of the fine arts were incorporated into colonial construction added during the Seventeenth Century, surrounded by lush gardens, shaded by singularly Mexican plant species, and inhabited by gorgeous animals like the magical peacocks –seemingly confected of living jewels—and the enigmatic hairless Xoloiztcuintle dogs, a Precolumbian breed that is unique to behold and warm to the touch.Since the museum opened its doors to the public in September of 1994, its greatest treasure is its painting. The world’s most important collections of works by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo are housed here permanently and are adored by the legions of visitors who flock to admire them. There is, as well, a collection of the woodcuts and book illustrations by Russo-French painter Angelina Beloff, Rivera’s companion during his early years as a budding painter in Europe.
Madrid, Spain
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“Oasis in the city with a striking collection including Kàhlo and Rivera”
Reviewed 15 May 2014

We stopped at the Dolores Olmedo Patino museum on the way out to Xochimilco (it's about 6 blocks from the metro stop). Gorgeous setting--green and lush, with peacocks on the lawns and Xoloitzcuintles (Mexican hairless dogs) in an enclosure. There was an interesting temporary exhibit (which we had no time to visit), and the permanent collection is great--well-preserved archaeological pieces of different cultures (Maya, Zapotec, Mixtec...) and paintings by a variety of artists, including several rooms dedicated to artwork by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Well worth a visit, we loved it and were so happy we went--even more so because it was Tuesday, when the museum admission is free!

Visited April 2014
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“Excellent collection with rude, intrusive staff”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

A beautiful house and collection marred by the rudeness of the staff. The cafe staff refused to let me eat on the terrace. The gallery staff insisted that a particular route was taken around the rooms. Difficult to reach on public transport - tube and railway.

Visited April 2014
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Oakland, CA
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“Beautiful old mansion with extensive collection of works by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera”
Reviewed 9 May 2014

In a serene garden setting, many wonderful works of these two artists. Well worth the traveling to get here, as it's in a somewhat remote part of DF.

Visited April 2014
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Incline Village, Nevada
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“Beautiful and peaceful”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

Dolores Olmeda was a patron of Diego Rivera and Frida and her beautiful hacienda in the south of Mexico City is the perfect showcase for her large collection of their work. There is a nice cafe, a good gift shop, beautiful grounds and even a goodly number of mexico's famous hairless dogs enjoying part of the gardens. You will also see part of her private home, preserved with her original furnishings and momentos. It was definitely the high point of our day after a visit to Xochimilco floating Gardens!

Visited December 2013
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seattle
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“Beautiful oasis, south of Mexico City”
Reviewed 14 April 2014

Takes a little effort to get to, (we took the same route as reviewer Sandy Grim wrote), but very worth the trip! It's quite a surprise when you enter the location -- gorgeous grounds and beautiful buildings. Peacocks, very rare hairless dogs (that look like statues), amazing collection of art by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. We went on a free Tuesday and had a lovely lunch in a beautiful courtyard area. Do go!

Visited March 2014
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