Casa de los Venados, Valladolid

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Admire a fine private collection of Mexican folk art, and learn about the passion of the couple who collected it, at Casa de los Venados, the art gallery and home of American couple John and Dorianne Venator. Having bought the house in ruins, the couple spent 10 years remodeling it and filling it with over 3,000 items of Mexican folk art. Colorful skulls, antique furniture, and vibrant paintings dominate each room, bringing together different artistic styles and influences from across the country. Take a tour of the house, still home to the Venators, and learn about the history of the project. To visit Casa de los Venados and other attractions in Valladolid, use our Valladolid trip planner .
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  • A must-see when in Valladolid. A unique private museum of more than 3,000 traditional art pieces. Fabulous and David (our guide) is very interesting. He is also fluent in Spanish, French, German, Engl...  more »
  • Seldom have I been moved to tears at such a collection of art, but Casa de Los Venados is a truly inspirational and intimate experience that celebrates Mexican artists and culture. Arrive for a free t...  more »
  • The tour (in English) was great and the collection is incredible! A lots of creative sculptures, paintings, statues...from different styles and places in Mexico. I learnt a lot, thank you!  more »
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  • Beautiful house and interesting article. Our tour guide was informative and funny. If you don't go at 10, you need to make reservations for a different tour time.
  • This is a must. The owner are Americans and open their house for tours. There are over 3000 pieces of folk art. They do ask for donations at the end of the tour for helping the locals. It is a lovely place to visit and worth your time.
  • A beautiful restored well kept and maintained colonial house to learn about Mexican contemporary art. Nice and clean with original pieces from all over the republic.
  • This museum is very much alive. The three highlights common to many are: The extravagant color used in the works, the knowledgeable guide, and the ability to touch many pieces and use flash photography everywhere. A good demonstration of Mexican culture through the mixture of Maya / Spanish art. One change to make: Guide could be less talkative so it's easier to ask questions.
  • One of the best things we did in Mexico. Highly recommended. Lovely art, lovely home.

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Valladolid offers an impressive range of budget-friendly accommodations, with very reasonable prices for comfortable hotels that would be much more expensive in other Mexican destinations. Parque Francisco Canton, at the very heart of the city's central grid, contains small, affordable hotels within walking distance of the best Valladolid attractions. You can also look on the western fringes of town, where you'll find several places to stay near the meeting point of routes 180 and 79.
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