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Instituto Cultural Cabañas - Museum Guadalajara - Mexico

This massive colonial edifice with 23 courtyards, designed by architect Manual Tolsá for Bishop Juan Cruz Ruiz de Cabañas, opened in 1810 as a charity home for poor children, but was soon commandeered by the military. Eventually, the institute reverted to an orphanage housing up to 3,000 children until 1979. Today, the UNESCO World Heritage site is an art museum. Visitors come to see the 57 frescoes (1937-39) by José Clemente Orozco, who spatters artistic blood all over the dome of the institute's former chapel in exploring themes of conquest, political terror and modern dehumanization.


Cabañas 8, Guadalajara (The building is on the east side of Plaza Tapatía.)

Centro, Guadalajara, Mexico

Museum Types:
History, Art

Travel Tips:

No photos allowed of the frescoes. The institute also hosts films, concerts and other events.

Price Description:

75 pesos (regular admission); 35 pesos (students and teachers)

Relative price: Mid-Range

Open Hours from:10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday

Days Closed:Mondays

Travel Skills: beginner/easy.

Other places to go around here: Mercado Libertad (San Juan de Dios), Fuente de la Inmolación de Quetzalcoatl, Plaza de los Mariachis, Templo de San Juan de Dios.

Currencies accepted
Mexican peso

Contact Information:
Zip: 44360
Phone: (52) (33) 3818-2800 or (33) 3668-1640
E-mail: cabanas(at) or institutoculturalcabanas(at)

Here are other activities in and around Centro that may be of interest: Museo De Las Artes Populares De Jalisco,

24 Apr 2010

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