Named in honor of philanthropist and collector Dolores Olmedo Patino, this museum in Mexico City’s Xochimilco suburb houses a collection of more than 130 original works by Mexican painter and muralist Diego Rivera. Paintings by Frida Kahlo and Rivera’s first wife, Angelina Beloff, also line the halls of the 16th-century building.The Basics
The museum’s collections and exhibitions showcase artwork and artifacts from around Mexico. It also offers workshops and cultural programs for the whole family, and its temporary exhibits are constantly changing, so there’s always something new to see. Private rooms, which include furnishings and personal memorabilia from Dolores Olmedo’s home, were recently opened to the public, and you can explore the estate’s manicured grounds to see resident peacocks, hairless Xoloitzcuintli dogs, and native plant species unique to the Xochimilco area.Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
- Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino is a must-see for contemporary art lovers.
- Buy your tickets in advance to avoid waiting in line at the ticket booth.
- Expect to spend a few hours exploring the collections and exhibits.
- The museum houses a shop, café, and restrooms.
- It’s worth paying the small fee for the audio guide in English to get an insider’s perspective.
- The museum is accessible to wheelchair users.
There are several ways to reach Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino. Most visitors arrive as part of a Mexico City sightseeing tour or by public transport—take metro Line 2 to Tasqueña station, then ride the light rail to La Noria station, just a short walk away.When to Get There
The museum is open 10am to 6pm Tuesday through Sunday, and there isn’t really a bad time to visit. Admission is free on Tuesdays.
Xochimilco’s Floating Gardens
While in the Mexico City suburb of Xochimilco, set aside some time to explore the UNESCO World Heritage–listed floating gardens. The Aztecs set up this elaborate agricultural system consisting of small, man-made islands of farmland called chinampas
linked by a network of canals. Xochimilco visitors can hop aboard a brightly-colored trajinera
(gondola-like boat) for a scenic ride through the waterways.