The Frida Kahlo Museum, located in the Colonia Del Carmen neighborhood of Coyoacan, is one of the most famous houses in Mexico City.
Also known as the Blue House (because of the cobalt-blue exterior) the house and art museum is dedicated to the life and work of the artist. The building was not only the home her family lived in when she was born, it is also where she spent the entirety of her life. After her passing in the late 50s, Kahlo’s husband, Diego Rivera, donated the property to the city to turn it into a museum honoring the life and work of Frida.
Both the interior and exterior of the house have been maintained to look as it did when Kahlo lived, worked and created there. The collection, which includes works by Kahlo, Rivera, and other artists who were prominent at the time, is displayed throughout the house. The Museum hosts roughly 25,000 visitors a month, making it one of the most-visited museums and tourist sites in Mexico City. The ten rooms of the house have been arranged to create a specific flow to the museum. The ground floor contains minor works and watercolors painted by Kahlo. The main room, which was originally a formal living room where the couple greeted visitors, seems like an ideal first stop on the tour. The second and third rooms hold mementos and personal items that belonged to Kahlo and Rivera, including Kahlo’s trademark folk dresses.
Continuing on through the main floor guests have the opportunity to explore the kitchen and dining room. Designed in classic Mexican style, the bright yellow and blue tiles cover the counters and floor creating a warm and inviting experience. Large earthenware pots and papier-mache skeletons adorn the room, along with utensils and glassware that the couple left behind. The upper floor of the building contains Frida’s final bedroom and art studio where she created many of her works. The rooms are filled with personal items, including the corset she wore to support her injured spine and the urn that contains her ashes.
The Museum is located on Calle Londres, number 247 at the corner of Allende in the Colonia Del Carmen, Coyoacán borough of Mexico City.
Opening hours are from 10 am to 5:45 pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Tickets can be purchased online at boletosfridakahlo.org.