Frida Kahlo Museum – Coyoacan – Mexico City

Visiting the Frida Kahlo Museum in the Coyoacan neighborhood of Mexico City has been on my wish list for many years. When I made my first solo trip to Mexico City in November it was one of the first museums I visited. I took the metro from La Condesa to the Coyoacan stop. I brought a printed Google map of the area so I could find my way and even though I am directionally challenged, even when I have map in hand, I did not get lost on this little trek.

 

Mexico City Frida Kahlo Museum - Diego Rivera and Frida

Mexico City – Frida Kahlo Museum – Diego Rivera and Frida

 

The sun was shining bright and there was a small lineup to enter the museum so I opted to visit a street vendor selling fresh coconut water first. I was introduced to fresh coconut water in Rio de Janeiro walking along the Copacabana beach and was hooked immediately. If you ever need an energy boost, coconut water is a great natural remedy.

 

Frida Kahlo Museum - Coyoacan - Mexico City

Courtyard at Frida Kahlo Museum – Coyoacan – Mexico City

 

Entry to the Frida Kahlo Museum costs 100 pesos (2016 rate is 120 weekdays/140 Sat/Sun) with an extra 60 peso fee for permission to take photographs (without flash) and converted to USD that is $10.87 – a bargain. Walking into the courtyard I was greeted with the brilliant blue of the walls. The house is known as La Casa Azul – The Blue House.

UPDATE: May 11, 2016 – A reader of Solo Trips And Tips blog emailed me to let me know the rate for seniors is currently 15 pesos for admission, and 20 pesos for photography. Total 35 pesos for seniors equals around $2 USD – super bargain!

 

Frida Kahlo Museum - Coyoacan Mexico City - Still Life 1942

Mexico City – Frida Kahlo Museum – Still Life 1942

 

Entering the first room there were early works by Frida Kahlo including a portrait of her father Guillermo Kahlo who was a photographer.

 

Frida Kahlo Museum - Coyoacan Mexico City - Portrait of My Father Guillermo Kahlo 1952

Mexico City – Frida Kahlo Museum – Portrait of My Father Guillermo Kahlo 1952

 

The watermelon painting is one I remember from the 2002 movie Frida, starring Salma Hayek. On Frida Kahlo’s last painting she added the words Viva la vida Frida Kahlo Coyoacan 1954 Mexico. Viva la vida translates to Live the Life. Did she realize the end of her life was near?

 

Mexico City Museo Frida Kahlo - Viva la Vida Coyoacan 1954

Mexico City – Museo Frida Kahlo – Viva la Vida Frida Kahlo Coyoacan 1954 Mexico

 

Frida Kahlo was an artist as well as art collector. In the second room there was an excellent display of the ex-votos Frida had collected over the years. Ex-votos are Mexican folk art paintings which depict everyday life in Mexico. Ex-voto is a Latin expression meaning from a vow.

 

Frida Kahlo Museum - Coyoacan Mexico City - Frida collected ex-voto paintings

Mexico City – Frida Kahlo Museum – ex-voto painting

 

The paintings are offerings made to the Virgin Mary, Jesus, or various saints in order to thank them for assistance in times of need. Ex-votos were traditionally painted on tin by anonymous folk artists, and include a short narrative of the event at the bottom of the painting. Frida Kahlo’s collection of ex-voto paintings dates from 1842 – 1934.

 

Frida Kahlo Museum - Coyoacan Mexico City

Mexico City – Frida Kahlo Museum – ex-voto painting

 

There are several painting by Frida Kahlo’s spouse Diego Rivera who is famous for his murals. I enjoyed viewing his cubist style paintings created between 1914 and 1916.

 

Frida Kahlo Museum - Coyoacan Mexico City features Diego Rivera's cubist painting The Alarm Clock - 1934

Mexico City – Frida Kahlo Museum – Diego Rivera – The Alarm Clock 1914

 

I loved the bright blue and yellow kitchen with beautiful ceramic vessels on display throughout.

 

Frida Kahlo Museum - Coyoacan Mexico City - brilliant blue and yellow kitchen

Mexico City – Frida Kahlo Museum – blue and yellow kitchen

 

Upstairs the studios of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo can be viewed – Frida’s art materials remain exactly as she left them.

 

Frida Kahlo Museum - Coyoacan Mexico City - Frida's art materials - as she left them

Mexico City – Frida Kahlo Museum – materials in Frida’s studio

 

Walking down the stairs to the courtyard there is a covered patio with a collection of work by the artist Mardonio Magaña, a self-taught sculptor from Guanajuato.

 

Frida Kahlo Museum - Coyoacan Mexico City - Mardonio Magana sculpture

Mexico City – Frida Kahlo Museum – Mardonio Magana sculpture

 

Frida Kahlo Museum - Coyoacan Mexico City - Mardonio Magana sculpture gallery

Mexico City – Frida Kahlo Museum – Mardonio Magana sculpture gallery

 

In the large courtyard there are several sculptures from the collection of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. I sat outside and enjoyed a coffee and a slice of chocolate cake from the café. In November when I visited the museum there was a temporary exhibit of Frida’s clothing on display. I will post more about the exhibit soon.

 

Frida Kahlo Museum - Coyoacan Mexico City - courtyard sculpture

Mexico City Frida Kahlo Museum courtyard sculpture

 

I hope you enjoyed this virtual visit to the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City.

  • Museo Frida Kahlo
  • Londres 247, Del Carmen Coyoacan
  • 04100, Mexico D.F.
  • Phone: 5554 5999 / 5658 5778
  • Hours:
  • Tuesday 11:00 – 5:45
  • Wednesday to Sunday 10:00 – 5:45
  • Closed Mondays

 

About the Author

Susan Moore's first solo travel experience was traveling around SE Asia for 7 months in 1993. It was life changing and extraordinary. Currently Susan is living a nomadic life, working and roadtripping around the USA and Canada. You can reach Susan Moore at Facebook or Twitter

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  1. Brenda says:

    My husband, daughter and I went to Mexico City in 2005. One of the most memorable ventures there was the Frida Kahlo Museum. You mentioned taking the train at La Condesa. We stayed in the Condesa neighborhood, we loved it. Thank you for bringing me back there today.

    • Susan Moore says:

      Thank you for your comment Brenda. I’m happy that you have fond memories of visiting the Frida Kahlo Museum too! La Condesa neighborhood was wonderful, I really enjoyed walking around early mornings and in the evenings as well, always felt safe. Happy travels!

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