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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  • Although there is since 2006, I even recently I found out that there was this museum. It is an interesting place where you can find parts of the recent history of Mexico, from the "liberal and modern" vision of Monsivais and his friends (the Mafia). The Museum has 4 floors and I particularly loved the top floor with its exhibition of miniatures, some of which are really super small and well-crafted. There are even magnifiers available to see the details. At the end of the visit you can go to the terrace that allows to admire some ancient buildings in the vicinity.
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  • The Museum is located in an elegant building of the 19th century, in different occasion I have admired pieces and exhibitions that make up him and recall the presence of Carlos Monsivais. On this occasion, I could appreciate their appearance outside and illuminated, that certainly gives it relevance. Free entrance. Enjoy the Estanquillo Museum. LIFE... is a trip!
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  • Carlos Monsiváis was an institution and this museum is dedicated to his life and work, visit calmly, has excellent exhibitions, can take pictures beside the Monsi images and read any book in the reading room, visit the last floor where There is a terrace with excellent view of the buildings nearby, a coffee and buy an interesting book in his small but well-stocked Bookstore.
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  • This museum is a must see in Mexico City! They are multiple floors of different exhibits. There is also a rooftop that has a coffee bar and gift shop. Entrance was free, but you have to let them hold your bag once you get to the stairwell. Everyone was very nice and welcoming. I loved the small art they had that was very detailed. I highly recommend and would visit again with friends.
  • Small museum. Nice rooftop to have a beverage and tak e a few fabulous photos!
  • Not particularly interesting. All exhibits were in Spanish and if you don't speak the language, it is a huge waste to go to this museum. I'm sure the exhibits were great but we couldn't understand any of it.
  • Not sure if it is worth visiting as there are other museums that were more interesting that this one. I would rate this as a 'second time in Mexico City' type of place.
  • Great museum! It shows a little bit about Mexico's history, and it is completely free. I loved it! Totally recommend it.

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