The structure that holds this art museum was built toward the end of the 17th century by a family whose coat of arms can be seen on the front of the building. It is commonly misthought that the house was actually built for the conqueror HernĂˇn CortĂ©sâ€™s. However, he never even set foot in Oaxaca, and was dead by the time the house was built. In 1986 the house was acquired by the Mexican government and made into the Urban Historical Museum. In the early 1990s the Oaxacan painter, Francisco Toledo recommended that it be turned into the Contemporary Art Museum instead. His recommendation was turned reality, and the new museum was open in February 1992. The museum has 13 rooms; three of which are for permanent exhibits by artists such as Rodolfo Nieto, Francisco Gutierrez and Rodolfo Morales. The rest of the exhibits are temporary and of various mediums, such as paintings, photography, and sculptures.
202 Alcala Street
Open Hours from:10:30
Open Hours to:20:00
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