Why You Should Visit the Frida Kahlo Museum in Coyoacán, Mexico City
Coyoacán is a beautiful small part of Mexico City steeped in rich Mexican history. My last week in Mexico (for now anyway) was two weeks ago and I was determined to make the most of it. I insisted that my fiancé, Arturo and his family take me to explore Coyoacán (the part of Mexico City where Frida Kahlo is from) for this reason. This is all about my visit to the Frida Kahlo Museum, also known as Frida Kahlo’s House (La Casa Azul) in Coyoacán.
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Buying Tickets & How to Get to Frida Kahlo’s House
You can get your tickets to the Frida Kahlo Museum (Frida Kahlo’s House) online here, or you can get them at the door. Be sure to get them online if you are visiting on the weekend as that is when it tends to get busier, and make sure to arrive early as there is often a big line up to get in.
Frida Kahlo’s house-turned-museum is located at 247 Londres Street in Coyoacán. You can get to the historic museum by bus or metro by following the directions here. Uber is also available in Mexico City and depending on where you are traveling from, it can be fairly affordable too. You can also follow this guide to find out how you can rent a car in Mexico as well.
My Visit to Frida Kahlo’s House in Coyoacán: History of Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo was an extremely talented and famous Mexican artist whose legacy still lives on today. Frida was born and raised in Coyoacán, Mexico. At the young age of 6 Frida contracted polio. Due to this she suffered the thinning and shortening of her right leg.
Then when she turned 18 she was in a terrible accident. The bus she was riding crashed into a trolley car and left her body mutilated with injuries. Frida ended up breaking her spine, collarbone, some ribs, and her pelvis. She dislocated her right foot, received eleven fractures in her right leg, and dislocated her shoulder. On top of all of this an iron handrail sliced right through her abdomen and uterus severing her chances of ever bearing children. Frida eventually had her leg amputated due to gangrene years later. Frida Kahlo spent her entire life in tremendous pain thanks to these injuries.
She expressed her pain vividly in her artwork. She used art to express and maybe even understand the amount of pain she felt. Frida painted self-portraits, mainly, and almost all of them showcase the pain she felt in her body.
Visiting the Frida Kahlo Museum in Coyoacán: La Casa Azul (The Blue House)
Frida Kahlo’s house has been turned into the Frida Kahlo Museum and is sometimes referred to as La Casa Azul, or ‘The Blue House’. This house is where Frida was born and grew up. As the sign above indicates, she also lived in La Casa Azul with Diego Rivera from 1929 until 1954. Visitors can explore the house and plant-filled courtyard to their heart’s content. Some of the rooms showcase Frida’s paintings while other show off the materials and areas she used to paint in, as well as where her bedrooms were. She had a day time bedroom and a night time bedroom! Some rooms also show the different kinds of devices that Frida used to deal with her injuries such as a prosthetic leg and back supporting corset. The courtyard is particularly beautiful with all sorts of plants and decorations.
Guests can also stop by a colorful gift shop and buy everything from handbags, wallets, postcards and even passport covers! If you want to be able to take photos in the museum you have to pay a little extra but it’s well worth it if you’re like me and want some keepsakes.
Frida Kahlo Park (Parque de Frida Kahlo)
After spending a significant amount of time at the Frida Kahlo Museum, we headed to the Frida Kahlo Park. There’s a playground for kids there making it family friendly. Long stretches of pathway surround the park and are shrouded in romantic overhanging vines. Many of the bushes are cut into animal shapes. There are some beautiful statues at the park as well. One of the gorgeous statues is of Frida Kahlo wearing a tehuana dress.
The Anahucalli Museum (Museo de Anahucalli)
Next we decided to go check out the Anahucalli Museum. Diego Rivera designed this museum and had a tumultuous marriage with Frida Kahlo. Diego, a muralist, collected pre-Hispanic art. The Anahucalli Museum houses thousands of relics and paintings collected by Diego. He had it built out of volcanic stone. With all the intricate stonework and tools it was definitely a lot different than visiting the colorful Frida Kahlo Museum. Still, the artifacts were stunning and so were the views from the building’s tall windows.
Frida Kahlo was one of the most influential Mexican artists of her time. If you’re ever in, or near, Coyoacán, definitely don’t miss out on visiting the Frida Kahlo Museum, Frida Kahlo Park and the Anahucalli Museum!
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