Quirky Attraction: Frida Kahlo Museum

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Frida Kahlo Museum
Location: Mexico City, Mexico (Londres 247, Coyoacan)
When to visit: Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 5:30 pm (closed Mon, opens at 11 am on Wed)
Cost: 200 pesos on weekdays, 220 pesos on weekends, plus 30 pesos for a photography permit
Time needed: 30-60 minutes
Website: www.museofridakahlo.org.mx/esp/1/el-museo/la-casa/la-casa-azul
Further reading: The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait (Amazon)

Renowned artist Frida Kahlo is a giant figure in Mexico City, and Museo Frida Kahlo is one of the city’s most popular attractions. The home is sometimes known as the Casa Azul (“Blue House”) because of its bright exterior.

Interestingly, only a small number of her paintings are on display here. This house in the traditional neighborhood of Coyoacan is where Frida was born and raised, so it’s more of a historic site to see the way she lived rather than a place to view her artwork.

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That said, there are a couple of Frida portraits here. The first room you’ll enter features art pieces by Frida, her husband Diego Rivera, and others. Then, you move into her actual living quarters, past the colorful blue and yellow kitchen.

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Upstairs, you’ll find a bedroom where noted Russian Marxist Leon Trotsky stayed during his exile in Mexico. Additionally, Frida had day and night bedrooms that were used for separate purposes. It’s always fascinating to see how iconic figures lived in their daily lives.

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Moving to the back of the house, guests walk through a final room and hallway with more artwork. Then it’s out into the scenic courtyard featuring statues, flowers, a seating area, a gift shop, and some of those fun head holes.

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Visiting the Frida Kahlo Museum

This place can get very busy, so the top tip is to arrive early! Go as soon as they open if possible. If you get there by 9:45 am, you’ll most likely be waiting in a much smaller line than if you arrive in the middle of the afternoon. Then again, I’ve seen student groups come in buses at that hour, so you just never know.

You can make reservations on their website, which is a good idea. Often there’s a separate line for people with reservations/tickets and those without (you may have to ask someone which is which). The line for those with tickets does move quicker.

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Scott is a Chicago-based journalist and blogger who seeks out quirky sights and awesome destinations throughout North America and beyond.

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