Frida Kahlo Museum – Coyoacan – Mexico City

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How to Visit Frida Kahlo Museum in 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. There are many excellent museums in Mexico City, from modern art to historical artifacts and treasures.

The city is huge but when you stay in a walkable neighborhood like I did you can do a lot of sightseeing in Mexico City on foot. I prefer walking but Frida’s house is too far to walk from La Condesa.

So, I took the metro from La Condesa neighborhood to the Coyoacan stop (Line 3 – light green is the color code). If you do not want to take the metro you can take a taxi or use a ride-sharing app for transport to the museum.

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By the way, La Condesa is a great neighborhood for solo travelers, very safe and lots of restaurants within walking distance. I loved staying in La Condesa!

 

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How to Visit Frida Kahlo Museum Mexico City

 

Do yourself a favor and bring some comfortable walking shoes so you can enjoy walking around the Coyoacan neighborhood when you visit the museum.

Bringing a printed Google map of the area is how I could find my way without having to pull out a guide book. The walk from the metro to Frida Kahlo Museum is about 15 minutes.

If you need help finding the museum, just ask anyone “donde esta la casa azul?” (where is the blue house?).

With sun shining bright and a small lineup to enter the museum 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 Fee Cheaper on Weekdays

Entry to the Frida Kahlo Museum costs 230 pesos from Tuesday to Friday and 270 pesos Saturday and Sunday (rates as of January 2020). Extra fee of 30 pesos for permission to take photographs – without flash only.

See full price list at the end of this article.

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.

 

Frida Kahlo Museum - Coyoacan Mexico City - Still Life 1942

Still Life painting by Frida Kahlo 1942

 

Portrait of Frida Kahlo’s Father

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

Portrait of My Father Guillermo Kahlo 1952 by Frida Kahlo

 

Frida’s Last Painting

The watermelon painting is one I remember from the 2002 movie Frida, starring Salma Hayek. Note the words within the watermelon, 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?

 

Museo Frida Kahlo Mexico City features her last painting inscribed 'Viva la Vida Frida Kahlo Coyoacan 1954 Mexico'

Frida Kahlo’s last painting inscribed ‘Viva la Vida Frida Kahlo Coyoacan 1954 Mexico’

 

Frida’s Ex-Voto Collection

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. Traditionally ex-votos were 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

 

Diego Rivera Paintings

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

The Alarm Clock 1914 painting by Diego Rivera

 

Frida and Diego’s Kitchen

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

Blue and yellow kitchen of Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City

 

Art Studios of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

Viewing the upstairs studios of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo you will see Frida’s art materials, exactly as she left them.

 

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

Painting materials in Frida’s studio at Frida Kahlo Museum in Coyoacan district Mexico City

 

Visit the Courtyard

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 addition, when I visited in November the museum featured a temporary exhibit of Frida’s clothing, accessible from the courtyard.

 

Clay sculpture of a female figure - courtyard of Frida Kahlo Museum - Coyoacan Mexico City

Mexico City Frida Kahlo Museum courtyard sculpture

 

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

 


Frida Kahlo Museum Mexico City visitor info

  • Museo Frida Kahlo contact info

  • Londres 247, Del Carmen Coyoacan
  • 04100, Mexico D.F.
  • Phone: 5554 5999 / 5658 5778
  • Hours

  • Tuesday 10:00 – 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 11:00 – 5:30 pm
  • Thursday to Sunday 10:00 – 5:30 pm
  • Closed Mondays
  • Ticket Prices Frida Kahlo Museum (in pesos)

Note the rates are higher on Saturday and Sunday. There is an extra fee of 30 pesos for those who want to take photos (without flash) in the museum.

When you buy your ticket at the Frida Kahlo Museum, you will receive free admission to the Diego Rivera-Anahuacalli Museum, also located in Coyoacan.

You can pay for tickets with Visa, Mastercard, or AmericanExpress. If you want to pay in cash be sure to bring pesos because they do not accept US cash.

Tuesday to Friday rates

  • 230 Non-Mexican citizens
  • 100 Mexican nationals
  • 45 Students and teachers
  • 20 Children and elderly

Saturday and Sunday rates

  • 270 Non-Mexican citizens
  • 130 Mexican nationals
  • 50 Students and teachers
  • 25 Children and elderly

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Susan Moore spent 7 months traveling solo around Southeast Asia back in the 90's. Returning to Canada she found a job working on rotation in Siberia Russia. She later moved to Austin Texas where she started a bookkeeping business, allowing her to work remotely. Currently Susan is in year 5 of a solo road trip around the USA and Canada, living a nomadic life, and writing about her experiences with a focus on hiking and cultural encounters. Read all about Susan » You can reach Susan Moore at Facebook or Twitter or Instagram

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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.

    • 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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