Museo Soumaya

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Museo Soumaya showing modern architecture and a city

Near the upscale Polanco neighborhood, this unusually shaped museum holds some of the best displays of modern European art in Mexico.

The first thing you may notice about the Museo Soumaya is its distinctive shape, as if it were cut from the center of a silver hourglass. Despite the contemporary building design, the interior holds classical European works from the 15th to 20th centuries. See the displayed selections from the permanent collections and return to view the ever-changing temporary exhibitions.

The museum was founded in 2011 by Carlos Slim, one of the richest men in the world. It takes its name from his late wife, Soumaya Domit. His son-in-law Fernando Romero created the unique architecture to resemble the curves of a Rodin sculpture, with 16,000 hexagonal aluminum plates as a skin. A cast of Rodin’s The Thinker greets visitors at the entrance. The museum holds a stunning 66,000 pieces on six floors. Join more than 1 million people a year visiting the impressive site.

See famous paintings and sculptures from more than a dozen collections ranging from European masters to 20th-century Mexican art. You’re likely to find a piece by one of your favorite artists including Peter Brueghel the Younger, Cézanne, da Vinci, Dalí, Matisse, Monet, Renoir, Rivera, Peter Paul Rubens, van Gogh and many more. Permanent expositions include displays such as The Age of Rodin, Asian ivory and gold and silver decorative arts.

The museum also hosts temporary exhibits, such as a showing of paintings of Venice. Attend one of the free activities. Past offerings have included a demonstration of flamenco dance and reflections on products made in Mexico.

Study the large collection of pre-Hispanic materials. Letters from Christopher Columbus and writings of Hernán Cortés are also on display. Luscious red fruit fills the mural of Naturaleza Muerta by Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo hanging in the vestibule.

The Museo Soumaya is open daily from midmorning to evening and has no admission fee as the facility operates under the principle of “art for all.” After you’ve seen the modern art of Museo Soumaya, walk a few minutes south to the contemporary world of Museo Jumex. Both museums are near the affluent Polanco neighborhood. Arrive via cab or utilize bicycle parking.

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Hotel Singular Sócrates
Hotel Singular Sócrates
2.5 out of 5
134 Calle Sócrates Polanco II Sección, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$810 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
Located in Polanco, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Avenida Presidente Masaryk and Museo Soumaya. Chapultepec Park and Auditorio Nacional are also within ...
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Grand Polanco
Grand Polanco
3.5 out of 5
Blvd. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 388, Col. Irrigación, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City
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THE LOCAL WAY, POLANCO. Residencial Carso
THE LOCAL WAY, POLANCO. Residencial Carso
3.5 out of 5
Presa Falcon 369 Col Granada, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$3,468 per night from Sep 22 to Sep 22
Located in Miguel Hidalgo, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Museo Soumaya, Acuario Inbursa, and Plaza Carso Shopping Center. Avenida Presidente ...
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THE LOCAL WAY, POLANCO. Residencial Carso
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Hotel Singular Sócrates
Hotel Singular Sócrates
2.5 out of 5
134 Calle Sócrates Polanco II Sección, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$810 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
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Grand Polanco
3.5 out of 5
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THE LOCAL WAY, POLANCO. Residencial Carso
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