Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City

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See some fine examples of the Mexican muralist movement at Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso. The complex dates back to 1588, when it was founded as a Jesuit college, and later became the national preparatory school. The school closed in 1978, and since 1992 the complex has housed a museum and cultural center. View the original street facade of the college, covered in red volcanic stone, and explore the interior's many murals by Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, and others. Visit the art and archaeological collections, including permanent and temporary exhibits of local artists. Take the guesswork out of planning a Mexico City vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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  • Very good exhibitions ever. Sunday is a good day to attend, since they charge no entrance if you show your student ID card to vote
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  • Come and see this beautiful building that houses impressive murals. It has guided the temporary exposisciones and murals. In addition workshops for children and adults
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  • This place is very centrally located metres from the zocalo metro station, Tuesdays the entrance is free. You can see different attractions, first the architecture of the place, secondly the first mural done by Diego Rivera, in addition there are various murals by artists on the walls of the building. There is currently an exhibition "che an African Odyssey" highly recommended, with many photographs and an exhibition entertaining and attractive to watch. At the same time I had the chance to see two documentaries on the same topic for free! Don't miss the possibility to visit this place that has a wide range of programmatic and interesting to observe.
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  • The interior was well maintained and interesting, but I didn't realize it housed a science museum. (Did I enter on the correct side?) The museum portion was ok, but being that it was a Sunday, the majority of the visitors were middle schoolers or younger.
  • Another one of Mexico City's many marvellous museums. If you go, ask if it is possible to see the theatre...it's stunning with an early Diego Rivera mural behind the stage. My guide, Mariana, was lovely and knowledgeable.
  • Great museum. Nice seasonal galleries, events and wonderful permanent artwork. Lovely! The beautifully decorated building is one of the nicest jewels of art in the center of the city. An excellent host of the best art galleries and exhibits.
  • The expositions are always interesting, there are free guided visits and free admission on Tuesdays, the building is very beautiful and they always have different kinds of activities, cinema club and more
  • Great murals but keep in mind that they are renovating the third floor,which means that you can't see those murals

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