on August 24, 2003
One of the places I definitely wanted to visit while in Mexico City was Museo Frida Kahlo, the house where Frida Kahlo was born and later lived with Diego Rivera at. We arrived at the entrance of the museum and saw the bright blues and greens on the front wall. These colors are a good indication as to what one finds inside the walls of the grounds. You must check your bags before entering the grounds to the house. A 30 peso (approximately $3US) donation is "requested" for entry, as well.
The first few rooms of the museum are devoted to paintings by Kahlo, paintings that were owned by her, some letters she had written to Diego Rivera, pieces of her jewelry, and some of her clothing. After these rooms of art and artifacts, you enter the actual house that has been left as it had been in her life. The first floor houses a sitting room, bedroom, and kitchen. Each brightly colored room has paintings hanging on the walls, which conveys a vibrant, full of life feel. The kitchen also has a warm feeling to it with its high ceilings, pots and pans, and kitchen table and chairs in the center of the room.
Upstairs you will find her studio. The L-shaped room has much light from a wall of windows looking out on the courtyard. There are paints left in the room and unfinished paintings on easels. One wall is lined with book shelves with old copies of books by Stalin and many others. Around the corner is a bed decorated by Frida. Be careful not to lean too close to the bed--I had the misfortune of setting of one of the museum's alarms. However, if you do set off an alarm, don't feel too badly--while we were in the museum we must have heard it go off at least five times.
Stairs lead outside from the studio to a courtyard that houses many plants and sculptures. There are also bathrooms out here for those in need. We decided to sit on the grounds for a while, soaking up all the whole experience. There was a bench right in front of a tiered structure that had the look of an altar. We sat here and passed some time until the museum closed.
This is a wonderful place to visit if you are interested in Frida's life and art. However, if you are looking for a history lesson about this cultural icon, you will have a hard time finding it here.
There is no photography allowed on premises, but we did see some visitors sneaking photos in the courtyard. There is also a gift shop off of the courtyard, but it was closed when we were visiting.
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