Museo Del Estanquillo, Mexico City

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The Museo del Estanquillo is located in the Historic Center of Mexico City, Mexico. The museum houses the personal collection of the writer Carlos Monsivais, encompassing paintings, photography, toys, albums, calendars, advertising and books.History of the MuseumFor more than 30 years, Carlos Monsivais was dedicated to collecting about 20,000 objects, which have been grouped into photography, miniature models; drawings and cartoons; engravings and everyday life. Overall, the collection is centered on the life of Mexico and folk art.The idea for a museum was supported by Rafael Barajas, Carlos Payan, Carlos Slim and the then mayor, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The name was coined by Carlos Monsivais himself, since his collection includes various, diverse objects, like a small sundries shop, or estanquillo. The museum opened on November 23, 2006, with the exhibition, En orden de aparición about the identity of the capital from Colonial times to the present day. It is supported by municipal funds.History of the BuildingThe museum is located in the La Esmeralda building on the corner of Isabel La Católica Street and Madero Street. It was home to the late nineteenth century jeweler La Esmeralda Hauser-Zivy and company.Throughout the twentieth century the building had several twists, from jewelry shop to government office, then to a bank; and even hosted the nightclub La Opulencia. Today, it also houses a record store.
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  • July 27, 2017
    I had long time of wanting to go to this Museum, but always the rush... Work break, in a late afternoon di me taste. Arrive around 3 pm. With the surprise that is free! The floor, 1,2 and 3. And until the 4th visit with great calm. Sincerely you must give time, because there are several audios that must one listen. Impress me this so voracious man of books and letters. Their daily lives. Their literary gatherings and his friends. I identified with the and the. Aida of shelter cats. Impressed by the literary heritage, that mixed daily with the artistic medium. And the original unique photographs that have this museum. I was happy to hear of Jenaro Villamil, excellent journalist stories and anecdotes that made me learn to "Master Monsi". At the end you must not miss the terrace is very simple, but a coffee between those beautiful buildings make it a "break from height"
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  • July 12, 2017
    In 2006 Carlos Monsiváis founded this Museum, located in the street of Madero in the historic centre, with the intention to share with the public his collection of more than 20,000 pieces that includes photographs, documents, miniatures and models. Don't miss the terrace that in addition to providing a splendid panoramic is the scene of forums, workshops and performances.
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  • June 21, 2017
    On the corner of avenida madero and Isabel la Católica, above mixup happens a little unnoticed in that area opposite zara next to old navy, very good view
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  • April 30, 2017
    Great museum! It shows a little bit about Mexico's history, and it is completely free. I loved it! Totally recommend it.
  • May 26, 2017
    Little but accessible to visit when you're in Madero street , then you can visit Palacio de Iturvide
  • April 2, 2017
    A private collection representing many interesting aspects of Mexican art and history. Strongly recommended.
  • March 28, 2017
    Estanquillo means General Store, and because of the diverse personal collection of writer Carlos Monsiváis, he thought it looked like a General Store. Artifacts from 20th century Mexico City.
  • December 25, 2016
    Awesome small museum in a great place wich it used to be a palace. Its free and has easy access to it.

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