Museo Del Estanquillo, Mexico City
(4.5/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web)
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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  • The Museum is located next to the historical city centre. Entrance is free of charge. A rather curious exhibit, consisting of photographs, caricatures, thumbnails, thumbnails.
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  • Near the Zocalo, Mexico city's main square, exhibits personal collection of arts, crafts and toys of the mexican writer and social critic Carlos Monsivais. It's always free and contains even Guadalupe...  more »
  • Interesting presentation at building Esmeralda, a beautiful building of the 19TH century which is located on the corner of Madero and Isabel La Católica. The talent of Carlos Monsivais was palpable during the tour of the Museum. A place where culture and architecture merge to create an attractive interesting to visit. Enjoy the Museum of Estanquillo. LIFE... it's a TRIP!
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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