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Frida Kahlo Museum Tour: Casa Azul and the Coyoacán Neighborhood

Trace the footsteps of Kahlo, Rivera, and Trotsky through their neighborhood
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Tour Details
Duration
3.5 hours
Product Type
Tour
Venues
  • Casa Azul (Frida Kahlo Museum)
  • Leon Trotsky Museum
  • Coyoacán Neighborhood
Photos & Highlights
  • Explore the bedrooms and studios in which Kahlo was confined, and created several of her best works
  • Hosted by a local historian, you'll gain deeper insights into the artists' life and legacy as you explore their neighborhood
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Tour Description
Frida and Diego undoubtedly had one of the most tumultuous marriages in the canon of art history. Their work has impacted politics on the world stage and defined the Mexican Modernism movement. During your tour with a Context expert, you’ll explore the house where their lives took many dramatic turns. After marveling at the exclusive paintings that adorn La Caza Azul, your expert will lead you through the nearby home of Leon Trotsky. Our time together will conclude with a walking tour of the Coyoacán neighborhood, weaving our way through street vendors to follow the footsteps

Museo Frida Kahlo 

Your experience begins from the arched doorways into the Frida Kahlo Museum, where we’ll pause in the lush courtyard to set the stage for the tour. From there, we proceed through the Caza Azul – which offers us the opportunity to explore gallery spaces as well as the kitchens, living spaces, and bedrooms once occupied by Frida, Diego, and their family. Many of the portraits and unique works hanging within Caza Azul have never gone on loan to museum exhibitions or left Mexico City. 
 
Dozens of the artists’ most iconic works were created within these deep blue walls, and today’s galleries offer a glimpse into the studio equipment, clothes, and trinkets that brought her comfort. We’ll contextualize the life she built with Diego, the affairs they each entertained, the influence of her childhood Polio case, and a horrifying bus accident that occurred in 1925. From there, we explore a collection of Frida’s most iconic fashion moments, curated by Vogue. 

Leon Trotsky House Museum

Next, we’ll take a stroll through the Coyoacán neighborhood to reach the former home of exiled Marxist and theorist Leon Trotsky. Due to its historical preservation, it stands remarkably the same as it did when he was assassinated onsite in 1940. Our expert will contextualize the rocky political climate of the 1920s-40s and how Mexican elite like Frida and Diego— devoted to communism and confidants of Trotsky— helped steer the governance of Mexico. 

Coyoacán Neighborhood Tour

Occupying land once inhabited by Ancient Aztec communities, the musical and bohemian atmosphere that flows through Coyoacán’s traditional Mexican Market and main plaza is not to be missed. If your group is interested, we will see the exteriors of homes that formerly belonged to important artists and writers throughout history. To name a few: Luis Buñuel, Jorge Ibargüengoitia, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Miguel Ángel de Quevedo, Dolores del Río, Emilio “Indio” Fernández, Manuel Álvarez Bravo and Octavio Paz - all once called Coyoacán home. We might pause for an elote or churro before proceeding towards the Callejón del Aguacate (a cobblestoned alley with beautiful street art & a shrine to the Virgin Mary), Jardín Centenario, and the Parroquia San Juan Bautista – a breathtaking cathedral. 

Takeaways

By the tour's conclusion, we will have emerged with a better understanding of the lives of famous lovers, artists, and activists. We’ll have walked in their footsteps in the markets of Coyoacán, exploring the key sites that paint the colorful picture of these revered characters.

To gain a deeper understanding of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo’s interest in Mexico’s pre-Columbian past, take our Museum of Anthropology Crash Course.
Is this tour suitable for people with mobility issues?
Though this tour stays within the Coyoacán neighborhood, you will be walking to each stop with your expert. Moreover, while the Coyoacán district is one of the most accessible areas of CDMX and the Frida Kahlo Museum is wheelchair accessible, the Leon Trotsky House Museum isn't wheelchair accessible. Please get in touch if you have any mobility concerns, and we can discuss whether this tour would be suitable for you.
 
Do we learn about Diego Riviera on this tour? 
This tour delves deep into Frida and Diego’s life together, though it focuses mainly on the art of Frida. To see more work by Diego we recommend you visit the Anahuacalli Museum after your tour, which is Diego Rivera's collection of pre-Columbian art and artifacts. You're also welcome to reserve your space on our Introduction to Mexico City Tour. 

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This was one of the best museum tours I have ever been on. Rodrigo was extremely knowledgable about Frida Kahlo as well as the cultural milieu during her life. He was attentive and engaged us for the entire 3 hours. I highly recommend Context AND Rodrigo.
Our tour with Carolina was what I've come to expect from Context tours: Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and provided us with insights and contexts we could not have gotten on our own.
Our tour today with Luis was spectacular. Luis is a very knowledgeable and vivacious guide. He connected art and politics and history in a most unique way. He was very attentive to our questions and our comfort. We learned so much about the art scene and the politics in early 20th century Mexico City.