Billionaire Carlos Slim’s art collection is housed in a big shiny museum in Polanco. Designed by Slim’s son-in-law Fernando Romero, the ostentatiously modern building has a cool interior design that allows the visitor to ascend or descend in a spiral of wide walkways. The Museo Soumaya is friendly to the alter-abled, with ramps everywhere, and special exhibits and guides for the hearing and sight impaired. Also, it’s totally free.
The museum has a lot of Rodin, a good collection of religious art, some minor works by the major impressionists, a floor of amazing ivory carvings and tons of coins and miniatures. When we visited, there was a neat traveling exhibit of paintings of Venice. I appreciated that Mexican masters were displayed side-by-side with European masters. They held up. If anything, the exhibits provide interesting insight into the tastes of Mexico’s richest man.
The Museo Soumaya is open from 10:00 to 6:30 and closed on Tuesday.
To get to the Museo Soumaya (Soumaya Museum) from the Centro Historico on the subway:
Get on at downtown Zocalo stop and take the blue line headed toward Tasqueña.
Get off one stop later at Pino Suarez and get on the pink line headed toward Observatorio.
Take that a million stops to Tacubaya, where you’ll get on the orange line headed toward El Rosario.
Get off at Polanco and catch a cab to the museum. Cab ride will be about eight minutes.