If you want to tour the Historic Center of Mexico City on International Museum Day, we recommend you take a tour of the Museo of the Palacio de Bellas Artes and Laboratorio de Arte Alameda. To eat, you mustn’t miss El Moro, El Salon Corona and Cafe Tacuba.
Whenever I see the Bellas Artes subway entrance, I feel like if I were transported to another time. It’s probably because of the Art Noveau entrance created by Guimard, which was donated by the Paris Metro. Standing there with my eyes meeting the Palacio de Bellas Artes I think to celebrate International Museum Day, there’s no better place than the Historic Center of Mexico City.
The day begins, naturally, in the Museo of the Palacio de Bellas Artes. Upon entering I meet three exhibitions of great artists. The first is Picasso Revelado por David Douglas Duncan, a show that contrasts the human part of Picasso and Duncan’s photographic skills and the artistic sideof the Spanish that we all know. The second is Robert Doisneau, a French photographer who shows everyday scenes with an eye on the little joys that life has. The third and recently opened is El Sentido de la Creacion, Angel Zarraga .
I leave the Palacio de Bellas Artes and seeing so much art opened my appetite, so I turn to the well-known Salon Corona located on Filomeno Mata st. 18, corner with Madero st. I love eating there, so I ask shrimp broth, then an octopus in ink and crab rusk. I finish and I feel I should walk around to wash it down. I walk through the streets of downtown and I think it is increasingly beautiful, many shops, art everywhere. Suddenly and accidentally, I come to the famous El Moro, the best churros in the city located in Lazaro Cardenas Ave. 42 Slightly still full, I buy two churros. One of sugar and cinnamon, and another of cajeta.
YOUR CULTURAL JOURNEY CONTINUES :
As long as I eat churros, walk a long time by the Alameda Central until I get to one of my favorite museums, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, located in Dr. Mora st. 7, a space dedicated to the exhibition of artistic practices using and puting into the dialogue the relationship between art and technology. I see Parallax, Resonancias Geograficas, a very interesting project focused on developing a long-term exchange between the current art scene in Mexico and Finland.
FINALLY , CAFE AND GOOD MUSIC :
Leaving the museum I start walking again. I step in front of the Central Post Office, by the same architect of Palacio de Bellas Artes: Adamo Boari. I keep walking and I find the Museo Nacional de Arte (MUNAL in Spanish), it could also have been a very good option to visit in the International Museum Day. Getting a little tired, I get to Cafe Tacuba to end my day with a culinary delicatessen, as I watch its mural of the chocolate. It’s almost seven o’clock in the evening and I go back to the Palacio de Bellas Artes, and I discover underground music coming out of the place. I enter again and I find the surprise that from 19.00 pm a free concert will be in the area, one of three that were offered throughout the day, one at 12.00 pm another at 15.00 pm.The concert that I had to hear was the Ensamble Avi Canori by the Instituto de la Juventud del Distrito Federal. Finally, I take my things and return to the same subway which I came to see if I go to a new place .
Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes: Juarez U, 06050, Historic Center of Mexico City
Salón Corona: Filomeno Mata 18, 6000, Historic Center of Mexico City
Churrería El Moro: Eje Central Lazaro Cardenas 42, 6000, Historic Center of Mexico City
Laboratorio de Arte Alameda: Doctor Mora 7, 06000, Historic Center of Mexico City
Café de Tacuba: Tacuba 28, 06000, Historic Center of Mexico City