Anahuacalli Museum

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Anahuacalli Museum
Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli
Front view
Anahuacalli Museum is located in Mexico City
Anahuacalli Museum
Location in Mexico City
Established1964 (1964)
LocationMuseo 150, San Pablo Tepetlapa, 04620, Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico
Coordinates19°19′21″N 99°08′39″W / 19.32250°N 99.14417°W / 19.32250; -99.14417
ArchitectJuan O'Gorman and Heriberto Pagelson

The Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli or simply Anahuacalli Museum is a museum located in Coyoacán, in the south of Mexico City.

The museum contains 2,000 pieces from the collection of Diego Rivera. Motivated by his own interest in Mexican culture, he collected nearly 50,000 pre-Hispanic pieces during his lifetime. The Anahuacalli was completed after Rivera's death by architects Juan O'Gorman, Heriberto Pagelson, and Rivera's daughter, Ruth Rivera Marín.[1] Rivera and his wife, the painter Frida Kahlo, intended to build two museums as a legacy for Mexico.[2] The house that he and Kahlo lived in, known as La Casa Azul (The Blue House) now houses the Frida Kahlo Museum and is located 3.1 miles away, in the heart of the former village of Coyoacán. The twin home-studios that O'Gorman designed for the couple, in nearby San Angel, are also a museum, the House Museum Study Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.[3]

The Anahuacalli is a pyramid of black volcanic stone[1] (obtained from the terrain in which the Xitle volcano erupted). On the second floor, there is an exhibition room dedicated to the life and works of Rivera, as well as an observation deck.

The word Anahuacalli means "house of Anahuac" in Nahuatl.


One of the halls on the upper floor of the Anahuacalli Museum in Mexico City.

The building forms a teocalli (god-house), and its design is notably influenced by the Teotihuacan culture as can be appreciated in the building’s boards, recreating the image of the rain god, Tlaloc. It also shows Maya and Aztec influences, which can be seen in the hexagonal (Maya) and rectangular (Aztec) arcs that serve as entrances to the different showrooms.


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  1. ^ a b DK Eyewitness (2017). DK Eyewitness Mexico. DK Publishing. p. 116. ISBN 978-1-4654-6348-7.
  2. ^ "Museo "Historia"". Archived from the original on 29 August 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  3. ^ [:es: Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo]

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Coordinates: 19°19′21″N 99°08′39″W / 19.32250°N 99.14417°W / 19.32250; -99.14417