Mexico City Solo Trip – Museo de Bellas Artes a Must!

My first solo trip to Mexico City I made a mental list of places I wanted to see – many of them art museums – and I highly recommend Museo de Bellas Artes to anyone visiting Mexico City.

Even if you do not want to venture inside the art museum you should pay a visit to the building Palacio de Bellas Artes and the plaza in front of the building. Palacio de Bellas Artes is located next to Alameda Central Park – west of the Zocalo central historic district. It is easily accessible by metro – a safe, clean, convenient, and affordable means of transportation in Mexico City. The cost was around 38 cents ($US) per ticket when I visited in November 2014.

 

Mexico City solo trip to Palacio de Bellas Artes - home to the Museo de Bellas Artes - extraordinary architecture and art work - a must visit in Mexico City!

Mexico City Palacio de Bellas Artes under a bright blue sky

 

I visited Mexico City in November during the USA Thanksgiving holiday and it turned out to be a great time to visit – not too busy with tourists and the weather was lovely with no rain and beautiful blue sky.

 

Mexico City solo trip must include a visit to Palacio de Bellas Artes building and art museum. Next to Alameda Central Park on the west end of the historic district

Facade of the Palacio de Bellas Artes building in Mexico City

 

There are several sculptures on the plaza in front of this magnificent building, including four Pegasus sculptures by Catalan artist Agustí Querol Subirats.

 

Solo Trip to Mexico City - visit Palacio de Bellas Artes - home to Museo de Bellas Artes - Pegasus sculpture by by Catalan artist Agustí Querol Subirats

Exterior of Palacio de Bellas Artes which houses the Museo de Bellas Artes

 

When I visited Palacio de Bellas Artes the sculpture Reclining Figure – Arch Leg by Henry Moore was on display at the plaza – watch the delivery and unveiling of the sculpture at Palacio de Bellas Artes. The sculpture is on loan from the San Diego Museum of Art.

 

Mexico City Solo Travel - recommend Palacio de Bellas Artes - the building is magnificent even if you do not want to visit the art museum

Palacio de Bellas Artes and Henry Moore Reclining Figure – Arch Leg sculpture

 

The exhibit during my visit to the Museo de Bellas Artes was dedicated to poet and writer Octavio Paz (recipient of the 1990 Nobel Prize in Literature) – titled En Esto Ver Aquello Octavio Paz Y El Arte (In This – See That – Octavio Paz) featured over 200 works including pre-Hispanic work along with modern artists.

Diego Rivera is better known for his murals but he did dabble with cubism for a time as seen in this 1915 painting Portrait of Martin Luis Guzman.

 

Portrait of Martin Luis Guzman - 1915 painting by Diego Rivera - cubist style

Mexico City Museo de Bellas Artes Diego Rivera Portrait of Martin Luis Guzman 1915

 

Frida Kahlo was also featured in the exhibit.

 

1931 painting by Frida Kahlo titled Portrait of Luther Burbank - at Museo de Bellas Artes in Mexico City

Mexico City Museo de Bellas Artes Frida Kahlo Portrait of Luther Burbank 1931

 

Frida Kahlo's 1944 painting Flower of Life - at Museo de Bellas Artes in Mexico City - several of Kahlo's works are on display at the museum along with Diego Rivera;s mural Man, Center of the Universe

Mexico City Museo de Bellas Artes Frida Kahlo – Flower of Life 1944

 

I was mesmerized by this whimsical painting by Remedio Varo – Creation of the Birds.

 

Mexico City solo trip visit to Museo de Bellas Artes in the fabulous Palacio de Bellas Artes building - shown here is Remedios Varo's painting Creation of the Birds - 1957

Mexico City Museo de Bellas Artes – Remedios Varo – Creation of the Birds 1957

 

You need to see these painting in person to truly appreciate them – The Giantess by Leonora Carrington contains marvelous detail in the foreground and background. I spent several minutes admiring this art work.

 

Leonora Carrington's painting The Giantess 1947 at Museo de Bellas Artes in Mexico City

Museo de Bellas Artes Leonora Carrington – The Giantess 1947

 

Georges Braque’s painting – Woman with Paintbrush

 

Mexico City solo trip - Museo de Bellas Artes located in the architectural beauty of Palacio de Bellas Artes - Georges Braque - Woman with Paintbrush - 1939

Mexico City Museo de Bellas Artes Georges Braque – Woman with Paintbrush 1939

 

Another work by Diego Rivera from later in his painting career – The Temptations of Saint Anthony.

 

Diego Rivera painting The Temptations of Saint Anthony - created in 1947 and on display at Mexico City's Museo de Bellas Artes. River's mural Man, Center of the Universe is also at the museum

Mexico City Museo de Bellas Artes Diego Rivera – The Temptations of St Anthony 1947

 

Mexico City solo trip - visit the Museo de Bellas Artes for extraordinary contemporary art - David Alfaro Siqueiros - Explosion of Hiroshima 1955

Mexico City – Museo de Bellas Artes David Alfaro Siqueiros – Explosion of Hiroshima 1955

 

Mexico City solo trip - Museo de Bellas Artes - painting by Alice Rahon titled The Wounded Cat (Portrait of Frida Kahlo) 1946

Mexico City Museo de Bellas Artes – Alice Rahon – The Wounded Cat (Portrait of Frida Kahlo) 1946

 

Mexico City solo trip - visit to Museo de Bellas Artes - painting by Lilia Carrillo - untitled

Mexico City Museo de Bellas Artes – Lilia Carrillo untitled 1973

 

Mexico City solo trip - painting by surrealist painter Yves Tanguy in 1935

Mexico City Museo de Bellas Artes – Yves Tanguy 1935

 

The admission fees at the museums in Mexico City sometimes require a separate ticket for photography – ask at the ticket office when visiting. For the Museo de Bellas Artes the admission price was $45 pesos and $30 pesos for the photographer pass.

 

Mexico City Solo Trip - Museo de Bellas Artes total cost for tickets for entry and photographer pass was 75 pesos (less than $6 USD)

Mexico City Solo Trip – Museo de Bellas Artes tickets for entry and photographer pass

 

There are several murals by prominent artists, such as Diego Rivera’s Man, Center of the Universe which I will feature in an upcoming post. You can catch a glimpse of the mural in the photo below – look in the top right corner.

 

Mexico City solo trip - Museo de Bellas Artes features several murals including Diego Rivera's Man, Center of the Universe - seen in the top right of this photo

Mexico City Museo de Bellas Artes interior

 

Mexico City is a city filled with magnificent art work – a must visit city for any art lover!


 

Visitor information for Palacio de Bellas Artes

Address: The main entrance is on Avenida Juarez (nearest corner: Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas).
Phone Number: Main Information Line: +52 (55) 10 00 46 22 ext. 2132 / 2112
Taquilla (ticket office): +52 (55) 55 12 25 93/ or +52 (55) 55 21 92 51 ext. 1155
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10AM – 6PM (closed Mondays)
Admission Cost (as of July 15, 2015): 49 pesos for temporary exhibits; 49 pesos for the permanent collection. Free entry on Sundays. Free entry for students and teachers every day.
Tours: Tours on the history and architecture of the Palace of Fine Arts every day at noon and 5PM. Mural tours every day at 12:30PM and 4:30PM
How to Get There: Metro: Estación Bellas Artes (lines 2 and 8)

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  1. sue says:

    Although I have traveled to mexico many times I have never been to Mexico City. The Museo de Bellas Artes looks like a wonderful addition to a future trip.

  2. I love art and architecture so this would be a match made in heaven

    • Susan Moore says:

      Yes Paula, you could feast on the art and architecture of Mexico City. And there is some great coffee to be had in Mexico City – I know you would enjoy that too!

  3. What a wonderful trip through the museum you’ve given us! I was especially taken by the
    Rivera portrait of Guzman. The serape was most unexpected, even though it was natural to include it.

    • Susan Moore says:

      I had never seen any of Diego Rivera’s cubist works – I saw a few while in Mexico City. I love that he included the serape in Guzman’s portrait. The painting was one of the first in the exhibit and I kept turning back to gaze at it.

  4. I’ll be in Mexico City solo in August so will definitely follow your very helpful museum trip you’ve posted here. Thanks!

    • Susan Moore says:

      Michele that is great! I hope you love Mexico City – I want to get back again soon! There are so many great art museums – I visited several but I still have much more to see in Mexico City. Enjoy your trip!!!

  5. When we were in Mexico, we had planned to avoid Mexico City but were convinced otherwise by fellow overlanders at a campground in Teotihuacan, just outside the city. So a short bus trip to the Metro and then we could literally go anywhere. The centre was such a surprise for us – beautiful streets and parks and museums. Thanks for taking me inside one of them that I missed.

    • Susan Moore says:

      Isn’t it amazing Yasha?! For such a huge city it is so walkable – Centro Historico was a favorite neighborhood of mine – I would like to stay in the area next time I visit. The metro is just so easy to get around the city. And Teotihuacan – that was an amazing day trip from Mexico City that I still need to write about – I had a marvelous time there!

  6. Wow – what a fabulous museum – thanks for documenting it so well and sharing it! I have to admit that I’ve always felt Mexico City isn’t safe. I’m assuming that you did not feel that way about it – maybe it’s time for me to reconsider!

  7. I’ve been to Mexico City several times and have seen the Museo de Bellas Artes building but never had to pleasure of entering. I enjoyed your intro to it. Perhaps some of my discoveries in M.C. will be of interest to you.

    • Susan Moore says:

      Hi Carole, I hope you make another trip to Mexico City and enjoy a visit to the Museo de Bellas Artes – such a beautiful building. They also have dance performances at the Palacio de Bellas Artes – I would like to attend one next time I visit Mexico City.

  8. Very cool paintings! In all of our trips to Mexico we haven’t made it to Mexico City, we need to change that.

  9. Wow. I’ve also seen the Palacio de Bellas Artes from the outside and for some misguided reason, never thought that it might hold the wonderful art you shared. I never would have recognized Diego Rivera’s later work as his. Like you, I urge travelers not to avoid Mexico City. As in any big city, there are places in it that you should avoid, but so much of it is wonderful and safe to visit.

    • Susan Moore says:

      Thanks for you comment Suzanne. I was a bit hesitant to visit Mexico City – simply because it is such a huge city. I visited Sao Paulo in Brazil a few years ago and the city is not walkable – but Mexico City is so very walkable! That and the metro and cheap cab fares, one can get around so easily. The amount of incredible art to be seen in Mexico City is amazing – I hope you make it back to visit an exhibit at Museo de Bellas Artes.

  10. I love a good museum and it looks like the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes fills the bill. My favourite paintings are Frida Kahlo’s portrait of Luther Burbank and Diego Rivera – The Temptations of St Anthony.

    • Susan Moore says:

      Wonderful paintings! I am a big fan of both Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. I also visited the Frida Kahlo Museum while in Mexico City – it is incredible. The house was her family home where she grew up and later Frida and Diego lived there. It is in the Coyoacan neighborhood, which is another lovely walkable neighborhood worth spending some time to enjoy it.

  11. Shelley says:

    These are great photos of the Palacio de Bellas Artes museum. It looks like they have a good collection of surrealist art and the museum itself is beautiful. It’s nice to hear you felt safe in Mexico City, and it makes me want to visit.

    • Susan Moore says:

      Thanks Shelley! I loved my visit to Museo de Bellas Artes. The exhibits change all the time so check and see what is going on if you go. They also have dance performances in the evenings – I did not attend one but will do so next time I am in Mexico City. I felt very safe in Mexico City. I stayed in La Condesa and enjoyed walking around in the neighborhood day or night, very safe neighborhood. I also met people who stayed in Centro Historico neighborhood and they liked it, that is where I would like to stay next time. Mexico city is so clean for such a large city. People are friendly, food is great. I met several people from the USA who were traveling there for the first time as well, they all said they loved Mexico City. I hope you get a chance to visit soon!

  12. The art museums in Mexico City would be at the top of our list of things to see and do and I’d especially love to see the painting by Frida Kahlo. The Palacio de Bellas Artes looks magnificent on the outside and the photos of the artwork are terrific!

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