Housed in a grand edifice that once served as a hospital, and also as a clinic for prostitutes, the Museo Franz Mayer revels the passions of its benefactor. Born in Mannheim, Germany, Mayer (1882-1975) moved to Mexico in 1905. He was a financier-philanthropist who collected not just paintings, but also liturgical silver, ceramics, textiles and furniture (oodles of trunks and writing desks). His collection includes paintings by European masters such as JosÃ© de Ribera (1591 - 1652) and Mexican powerhouses such as JosÃ© MarÃa Velasco (1840 - 1912) and Diego Rivera (1886 - 1957). The museum, which opened in 1986, devotes some of its space to temporary exhibitions, but there are also rooms full of period furniture. There is also a library with illuminated manuscripts. You could easily spend two hours here. If you need a break, there's a relatively pricey cafe in the leafy interior courtyard of the museum.
Av. Hidalgo 45, Col. Centro HistÃ³rico
La Alameda Central, Mexico City, Mexico
The nearest metro is Bellas Artes. The museum is located in a corner of Plaza de la Santa Veracruz, north of Alameda Park.
Travel Tips: An English pamphlet is available, but most descriptions are in Spanish. Parking is available in an adjacent lot. Visitors can use cameras without flash. There's a museum shop. Backpacks and large bags must be left in the baggage room.
Price Description: $2.29 (30 pesos) for adults. $1.10 (15 pesos with ID) for students, teachers, seniors over 60 and children under $0.88 (12 pesos). Free on Tuesdays.
Relative price: Mid-Range
Open Hours from:10 a.m. â€“ 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday â€“ Sunday. 10 a.m. â€“ 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Travel Skills: None
Museo Nacional de la Estampa, Iglesia de la Santa Veracruz, Iglesia de San Juan de Dios, Alameda Central, Palacio de Bellas Artes
Phone: (52) (55) 5518-2266
Fax: (52) (55) 5521-2888
E-mail: museo(at) franzmayer.org.mx