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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  • This museum is located in the beautiful historic building on Madero that houses a Mixup on the ground floor. The museum is free, and well worth an hour to browse around, especially the old time photos...  more »
  • 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 »
  • Chilangos is the nickname that inhabitants of Mexico City use to refere to ourselves. And a great chronicler of the City was Carlos Monsivais, whose heritage was this museum. It is a great way to unde...  more »
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  • Great museum! It shows a little bit about Mexico's history, and it is completely free. I loved it! Totally recommend it.
  • Little but accessible to visit when you're in Madero street , then you can visit Palacio de Iturvide
  • A private collection representing many interesting aspects of Mexican art and history. Strongly recommended.
  • 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.
  • 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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