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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  • Went there on a recommendation from an acquaintance that told me it was a must see. Several feet away from the Downtown Hotel where I was staying. The Carlos Monsiváis exhibit, was truly eye opening i...  more »
  • The Estanquillo Museum should be a stop to all that foreign or Mexican passing through the historic centre, this museum has exhibitions which are part of Mexican popular culture and makes you travel through history through objects, sounds, drawings and photographs and the best thing of all is for free every day , also the building in which it is located is an architectural gem.
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  • It is founded in the year 2006, after the desire of Carlos Monsiváis for sharing his collection made up of more than 20,000 pieces with the public. The exhibitions of the Museum are varied and temporary besides that you can also find workshops, educational services among others. Recommend lot, climb to the lookout where you can find a library and cafeteria to enjoy the beautiful view offered by the Museum. If you want to know more about this place, you can check our videos. YOUTUBE: All discovered
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  • Pop meet Art The Complete collection of Carlos Monsivais one of the Greatest historian of Mexico city. Now on his memory Museum.
  • Amusing caricatures and political cartoons from early 20th century and a few from mid-late 20th century. Located on the 1st to 3rd floors.
  • Small but not exactly a gem. Lots of b&w photography. Nice views from the rooftop café.
  • Buenas e interesantes exposiciones.
  • Histórico, muy importante