Navigating the Frida Kahlo Museum: Tips and Tricks for an Unforgettable Visit

a picture of Kahlo's studio equipment

Step inside the colorful world of Frida Kahlo at Casa Azul in Mexico City. Book your tour with local Context Experts today.

The bold and brilliant blue exterior of Casa Azul perfectly mirrors the vibrancy you’ll experience on the inside when you view Frida Kahlo’s vivid, iconic portraits. Known around the world for her awe-inspiring, introspective self-portraits and works of art, Kahlo’s paintings are closely intertwined with her intense and fascinating personal life.

The legacy of Kahlo, a renowned Mexican artist, comes to life at the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City, a cultural destination to experience Frida Kahlo's paintings in person.  The museum is housed within Kahlo’s childhood home, also called Casa Azul (or the “Blue House”). Here are some insider tips and tricks to making the most of your time in the Frida Kahlo Museum.

Must-See Paintings at the Frida Kahlo Museum

It’s impossible to choose which paintings to prioritize at the Frida Kahlo Museum because each work of art offers a new perspective on this creative and artistic genius. Although many of her works can be found in museums across Mexico and the world, visiting the Frida Kahlo Museum offers more personal insights into the artist herself.

“Viva La Vida” – Kahlo’s colorful artwork of a melon, painted just a few days before her death – can be viewed at the Frida Kahlo Museum. The museum also includes Kahlo’s first self-portrait, as well as personal effects, collections, and pieces from her wardrobe.

Book Your Museum Tickets in Advance

Good things come to those who book tickets in advance – especially at Casa Azul. This is an incredibly popular experience, and it can get incredibly crowded. Casa Azul stopped offering in-person ticket sales, so you must purchase your Frida Kahlo Museum tickets ahead of time.

Take a Guided Tour of Casa Azul with Context

For an even simpler experience, you can take Context’s Frida Kahlo Museum Tour, where we book tickets for you. Many tours include skip-the-line tickets, and our expert guides will help you navigate the crowded museum and maximize your time at Casa Azul.

Your experience begins from the arched doorways into the Frida Kahlo Museum, where you’ll pause in the lush courtyard to set the stage for the tour. From there, proceed through Casa Azul and 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 Casa Azul have never gone on loan to museum exhibitions or left Mexico City.

Be Prepared for Crowds

Kahlo’s enduring popularity and intrigue means many people are curious about her artwork and home. The museum can get very crowded, making it slightly challenging to take in everything, from the works of art to Kahlo’s personal trinkets.

Try to plan your trip on off-times or avoid the weekends – these can help you move through Casa Azul a little easier and spend more time enjoying the living history housed within its walls.


The Frida Kahlo Museum is a House Museum, and preserving its original architectural integrity is paramount to its significance.

The museum offers free admission and support for visitors with disabilities, including:

  • Designated parking spots
  • Wheelchairs and/or crutches
  • Ramps
  • Elevator
  • Braille labels in certain areas
  • Personnel trained in Mexican Sign Language

If you or anyone in your party may need accessibility support, take some time to prepare and research what you might need at the museum.

Dress Comfortably

If you’re visiting in warmer months, dress accordingly and pack a water bottle! As a House Museum in a historic building, temperatures may vary quickly as you move through Casa Azul across the courtyard. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes to navigate the uneven floors and narrow staircases too.

Respect the Rules and Exhibits

Visiting the Frida Kahlo Museum is not just a chance to see a historic site and cultural treasure, it is the home of one of Mexico’s most famous artists. Its sacred place in the mantle of history means that it must be treated as such.

Familiarize yourself with the rules and guidelines of the venue – for example, visitors are not allowed to take photos (unless you purchase a specific no-flash photography add-on), touch exhibits, or lean on walls.

Enjoy Special Exhibitions

Casa Azul offers special exhibitions to spotlight various aspects of Kahlo’s life, as well as the work of other artists.

Visit the museum’s website to learn about the current special exhibitions.

Virtual Tours of Casa Azul

Take a look inside the Frida Kahlo Museum from the comfort of your own home with the museum’s virtual tour. Featuring beautiful photography of the house and its many rooms, you can get a taste of the rich and colorful Casa Azul. You can also take a 3D tour of special exhibitions.

How long does it take to visit the museum?

Visitors typically spend 1.5 to 2 hours experiencing Casa Azul. There’s a lot to see – from the incredible artwork to the personal belongings spread throughout the home Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera once shared.

Visiting the Frida Kahlo Museum

“I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.” – Frida Kahlo

You can experience that reality firsthand when you step inside Casa Azul. Don’t miss this artistic and cultural landmark on your trip to Mexico City.

Trace Kahlo’s footsteps as you step into her personal living space, imagining an artist at work. Take advantage of Context’s Frida Kahlo Museum Tour and deepen your knowledge of this reflective and significant place. The tumultuous lives of Kahlo and Rivera took place within these very walls, and their contributions to the history and people of Mexico City endure today.

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