Museum of the North, University of Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska. Had no news of its existence, perhaps because it is too far North for us, but we have to mention it here. The next time we go to the North of Canada we will give a jump to Alaska (USA), will not stop visiting it. We promess it.
NOW FLYING TO MEXICO…
We planted on a flight with a duration of 5 hours and a half with takeoff at the airport in Vancouver (Canada), in the city of Mexico. Embarrassed us admit that we do not know Mexico, and is not for lack of desire as we think it is a fantastic country. In addition, we are fans of Mexican food, if it is very spicy, spicy habaneramente, better. The margaritas and tequila we know to glory. But we have never been in this great country, we recognize with humility and we are solving it. In relation to what occupies our Agendas Mundi today, say that, in a booming country and with a lively economy, museums section is well covered at the national level. Mexico has one of the most important museums of anthropology and not only that, there is much, much more. Today we will try to make a selection of 10 museums and insurance, you can reproach it ourselves, we will leave out many. You know that for us, at the same level of Museum content – even if it is a blunder that is this a measure of valuation-, pulls us much the aesthetics of architecture. But let us talk and begin the journey that is a huge country and there are many museums to visit.
1. Museo Nacional de Antropología / Ciudad de México
It is undoubtedly one of the most important museums of its kind in the world. Must-see for scholars and fans to the anthropology of up to 3,000 years ago and the pre-Hispanic cultures. Building design by the Mexican architect Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, is located within the area of the Bosque de Chapultepec, over 46 years the National Museum of anthropology has provided the opportunity to millions of visitors travel in time and in the territorial space of Mexico to learn about the scope of the civilizations that inhabited it, their artistic creationsits technological achievements and their contributions to universal knowledge. Well, this famed institution shows the identity and culture of the different ethnic groups which currently inhabit the country and which form a rich mosaic of traditions and customs. The murals of Khalo and Rivera are impressive.
2. Museo de Arte Soumaya / Ciudad de México
With more than 2.5 million visitors since its reopening in 2011, this Museum of art space where belonged to the Conqueror Hernán Cortes, was also a mill during the colonial era and later the factory’s most important role in Latin America, Loreto and poor penalty, which would be transformed into a space with shopping malls and for culture in the 1990s. Among the collections of the Museum room of old European masters, is with splendid works of the schools Italian, French, German and Spanish ranging from the 15th to the 18th. The art novohispanic and South American also form part of the sample, with interesting works that include paintings, sculptures, ivories, stews and objects of the Vice-Regal household items. The Museum also boasts a collection of master Auguste Rodin, the second largest in the world outside of France. It is sculpture that marked the advent of modernity. Also Mexican exhibit emblematic works of French impressionism, portrait and landscape in the 19th century. The Mexican and European avant-garde are present with the likes of Picasso, Dali, Siqueiros and Rivera. Two murals of Rufino Tamayo mark the beginning and the end of the visit, by a space that offers the public national and foreign travel by six centuries of art (the Museum information).
3. Museo Tamayo / Ciudad de México
Founded in 1981, the Museo Tamayo produced innovative exhibitions of the most representative of international contemporary art, its collection of modern and contemporary art, as well as the work of its founder, artist Rufino Tamayo, with the aim of enriching the aesthetic experience and critical sense of the different audiences of the Museum through the research and the interpretation of its programming. Its mission is to contribute to the strengthening of the cultural heritage in Mexico to support the tasks of research, acquisition, presentation and dissemination of contemporary art, the art collection of the Museo Tamayo, as well as the work of Tamayo.
4. Museo Casa Estudio de Riego Rivera y Frida Khalo / Ciudad de México
This Museum preserves some of the belongings of the illustrious muralist as were left by him, including a lot of paintings, drawings, lots of pieces, cards, books and photographs. The Museum is housed in a house built by the famous architect Juan O’Gorman in 1933. The Museo Casa Studio Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo is comprised of four buildings: three casas-estudios and a photo lab, which were designed and built by the famous architect and Mexican artist Juan O´Gorman to Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, who lived in the building from 1934. The space becomes Museum INBA from 1986, dedicated to the promotion, conservation and dissemination of the life and work of Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Juan O’Gorman.
5. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de la Riviera Maya (no web available (?)) / Riviera Maya
MAR (SEA), Museum of contemporary art in Riviera Maya actually is a non-profit independent and autonomous non profit; formed by people linked to the promotion of art and culture, whose main commitment is to promote and disseminate this important aspect of the development of all the citizens of our region, the Riviera Maya. Its objective is the dissemination, education and promotion of art and culture in all its expressions, both for visitors and for originating and established in the Riviera Maya communities. For their achievement, we have the firm conviction that a museum as propose it will be a fundamental medium, becoming this our most important cultural project to promote, in addition to being a source of basic income in our country and vital in many developed countries.
6. Museo del Vidrio / Monterrey
At the beginning of century, on December 6, 1909, driven by the mass production of beer bottles, was born in our city the first factory of glass industry of Mexico, Vidriera Monterrey S.A., origin of what today is Vitro. Eighty years later, the building of the old headquarters of this factory, which also served as Superintendent of plant, Fire Department and nursing station during some periods became the venue for the settlement of a cultural precinct dedicated to the glass. In 1989, with the support of the Institute of anthropology and history, restoration and refurbishment of the old building activities were initiated to become the Museum of the Glass, respecting the architectural patterns of the time, and keeping the materials with that was constructed the property, including bricks, tile floors, you staves of wood, stairs and four columns of iron that consolidated the structure (information from the Museum).
7. Museo de los Niños / Papalote
We talked about him on other occasions since it is a very lively, very active, Museum programming activities and special days dedicated to the little ones. In kite you can play and learn with more than 300 interactive exhibits divided into five fun themes: I communicate, I’m, I belong, express and understand; enjoy amazing movie in the IMAX ADO•Megapantalla, the largest in Latin America, and watch projections only in Domodigital•Banamex, declared, in 2004, as the largest in America. It is located in the heart of the second section of the Bosque de Chapultepec, in the peculiar blue tiles building designed by the famous architect Ricardo Legorreta. The children and their families can enjoy the beautiful green areas that we have inside our facilities and our around (information from the Museum).
8. Museo Modelo de la Ciencia y de la Industria de Toluca (web not working today) / Toluca de Lerdo
The Mumci is an educational space in which are addressed different issues related to a number of industries: brewing, glass, metal-mechanics, among others; as well as different Sciences: Physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology, within an innovative concept using multimedia. This project, led by Grupo Modelo, leading company in the brewing industry, has as the headquarters building of the old company brewery Toluca and Mexico, opposite the garden of Zaragoza, in the historic centre of Toluca. The property dates back to the late 19th century, when it was created which would become one of the most important beer companies of the Porfiriato and the home of beer with more tradition in the history Mexican: victory. The factory was acquired by Grupo Modelo in June 1935. Construction, which still preserves its original façade, served as model beer distribution warehouse until it began its renovation and adaptation to function as the model Museum of science and industry (MUMCI) (info: Cultural Toluca).
9. Palacio Nacional de México / Ciudad de México
Built on a quadrangular plant with about 200 meters per side, the National Palace of Mexico is one of the world’s largest governmental structures. Interior courtyards, corridors and rooms have witnessed the most important events in Mexican history. By its spaces have walked viceroys, invading aliens, Presidents, dictators and emperors, as well as some other revolutionary like Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata, who at some point in history faced power that has governed the entire nation from this site. The National Palace has an ancient history dating back to the Aztecs when the solar time is It was Moctezuma’s Palace, which was exactly the same extension of the current building. Following its destruction during the war of conquest of Tenochtitlan, on its ruins Hernán Cortés ordered the construction of a large Palace, same that decades later was sold by his son Martin Cortés 1562 to the Crown, who acquired it to build on that grounds the facilities necessary for the administration of the Viceroyalty of the new Spain the Palacio national boasts a large number of points of interest in its interior highlighting the famous murals painted by Diego Rivera in the main staircase and in the corridors of the central courtyard that graphically tell the history of Mexico since times pre-Hispanic until the 20th century, in a work full of symbolism, colour and Mexican nationalism. Another prominent site is the site in tribute to Juarez, in which are preserved possessions, furniture and documents of the President, one of the most influential in the national history, who also lived in this area (info: City of Mexico.com).
10. Museo de la Mujer / Ciudad de México
We were unaware of its existence until a good friend of the blog spoke to us about it. We believe that it is the kind of forced Museum, that all countries of the world should have once covered their most important needs. At least is must-see if you visit Mexico. We have not visited it, but transcribe information if it is of interest vuetsro: within the framework of the Decade for the teaching of human rights, convened by the United Nations, presented the project to create the women’s Museum in Mexico. The proposal received the support of the following institutions, organizations and people: La Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) and its President, Dr. José Narro Robles, UNIFEM, the legislature II of the Legislative Assembly of the Federal District, point of agreement of the LXI legislature of the Senate of the Republic, the Foundation Miguel Alemán, the Association of artists Lucille Wong, young artists Conarte, as well as the artists Esther González, Federico Silva, Francisco Toledo, Frida Hartz, Guillermo Ceniceros, José Luis Cuevas, Martha Chapa and Sebastian. The women’s Museum aims to do a review of the history of Mexico with a gender focus, from the Prehispanic era until the present time, in order to make visible the historic task of women and their contribution to the building of the nation, so that the history of women in Mexico no longer a story forgotten. The Museum is a book open for all citizens; a Centre for the dissemination of a new culture of equity and respect for the human rights of women. The Museum was opened on 8 March, in the framework of the international women’s day, and is located on the 17th Street of Bolivia, in the historical center, in the building that belonged to the old University Press, founded in 1937 during the rectorship of LIC. Luis Chico Goerne (info web Museum).
1. Museo del Mundo Maya / Mérida / Yukatán
The great Museum of the Mayan world is a celebration and an encounter with the strongest of the Yucatecan identity root, but is also a count changes and transformations, mobility and migration, of the arrival of many individuals and groups that have been mixed and adapted, young SAP that has nourished the ceiba, the sacred tree of this land. Now you are welcome, that your stay is pleasurable and that your ears and eyes to fill with the Mayab. The great Museum of the Mayan world is a priority strategy of the Government of the State to guarantee the population access to culture, promote cultural tourism and create spaces for the integration of a museological network that allows greater opportunities to promote and enjoy the Yucatecan culture, with greater awareness of their deep roots and its pronunciation with contemporary expressions. In this museum space, the inhabitants of Mérida have a greater capacity to promote and enjoy their culture, with better awareness of its significance and heritage continuity. (source: Museum).
12. Museo Interactivo de Ciencia y Tecnología / Xalapa / Veracruz
El primer museo interactivo mexicano de los noventa; abrió sus puertas bajo el lema “Prohibido no tocar” descartando la noción del visitante pasivo. Destaca la sala de exploración del espacio diseñada con la asesoría del Ing. Rodolfo Neri. La arquitectura combina piedra, vidrio y acero sugiriendo una alianza entre lo natural y lo industrial, entre ideas tradicionales y modernas. (Fuente: Loguer).
13. Museo Regional de Chiapas / Chiapas
The building that houses the Museum is contemporary, built in 1982 by the Government of the State, carried out by the architect Juan Miramontes Nájera, the project was awarded first prize in the third International Biennial of architecture in 1985 which took place in the city of Sofia, Bulgaria. The room of archaeology barca since prehistoric times and continues throughout the Preclassic period, shows the passage of a direct appropriation to a mixed economy economy, where agriculture these activities (between the years 2000 and 1000 b.c.) is integrated. It is the time the Olmec expansion and the blossoming of Chiapa de Corzo and Izapa. In the classical stage (between 300 and 900 a.d.) highlights the time Classic maya and zoque. The Postclassic period presents how after the fall of the great Mayan cities, starting from the year 900 a.d., the population dispersed in small isolated communities, without social cohesion regional, political or religious. They are the time of expansion of groups coming from the Mexican Highlands, the establishment of the Chiapas in the central depression and the conquest of Soconusco by the Mexica. The history room embraces the history of the State since the arrival of the Spaniards in 1524, when you start the colonization of Chiapas, until the beginning of the 20th century, through the stages of the Viceroyalty, independence, reform the Porfiriato and ending with the time of the Mexican Revolution. Weapons, conventual use objects, display important documents in the political life of the State, paintings and objects of everyday life, including furniture, representing the different historical stages of Chiapas. Also presents replicas of architectural details of works of religion as the polychromed Arch of the Church of the mercy of San Cristobal de las Casas and the ajarcas of the former convent of Santo Domingo of Chiapa de Corzo and Tecpatán (source: Government of Mexico).
14. Museo de la Semilla / Chihuahua
The Museum of science and technology of Chihuahua will offer its visitors, permanent exhibition areas; located around 2400 m2. The museographic design of the 6 rooms that make up the total travel, follows a chronological sequence. The Museum seed is an interactive Centre that provides choices of learning support, fostering creativity in a fun atmosphere. It is mainly aimed at children. However, all displays are accessible to all audiences. For that reason is considered height, color, the elements of interaction, the resistance of the materials and space, for everyone to interact. Also taken into account different media to convey the message of the exhibition. The infrastructure of the Museum is built by 2 rooms of Museum, where the exhibition areas; and a tower of Informatics which has 9 classrooms for training, a library and an Internet café, where computer courses are held (source: own Museum).
Visit as many museums have been exhausted, Mexico is a country with many, many museums, we will to end our trip this week. We are perfectly aware that we have left us many museums along the way even without visiting first, but we hope to go around the world more often, i.e. that we will return to Mexico without fail.
The coming week we will to Cuba. We are real curious to know that museums we will find under the bright sun of the Caribbean. After visiting Cuba – and enjoy a few daiquiris in honor of our admired Hemingway -, continue our journey through the rest of the countries of Latin America, making the leap to Guatemala. Meanwhile, we wish that you pass a very happy weekend to all. Que viva Mexico, andaleeee!