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San Ángel


Av. Revolución y Río Magdalena
Mexico City
Phone: 0052 55 5616 3731

Museo Soumaya

The Museo Soumaya is a non-profit organisation that forms part of the Fundación CARSO group. It opened its doors to the public in 1994 in the cultural and commercial centre Plaza Loreto near San Ángel in the south of Mexico City. It holds one of the most important private collections in the world.

The Museum’s mission is to conserve, research and enrich one of the most important private collections in the world in order to share it with the Mexican and international public while promoting knowledge and aesthetic enjoyment of an American and European cultural heritage which covers more than six centuries of artistic development. The Museum fulfils its mission through a wide range of permanent, temporary and travelling exhibitions, conferences, courses and activities that encourage a dialogue between people of different ages, places and capacities and the exhibited work.

The Museo Soumaya seeks to position itself at the forefront of the museum scene and thus become an example to private and public museums in Mexico and the world. It aims to become a meeting point for the Mexican people which allows an exchange between art and contemporary reality in order to generate new ideas that enrich the cultural panorama of our country and champion social commitment and action. At the same time the Museum intends to establish itself as a point of reference for foreign visitors while developing a wide programme of travelling exhibitions in order to take its cultural offerings to remote states and people and facilitate their knowledge of the collection.

The building which houses the Museum used to belong to the conqueror Hernán Cortés. ... [ Read all ]

Permanent Collection

The Museo Soumaya holds one of the most important private art collections in the world. The Old European Masters section includes splendid works from the Italian, French, German and Spanish schools from the 15th to the 18th centuries. Novo-Hispanic and South American art also form part of this section with interesting works including paintings, sculpture, ivory carvings, estofado and objects from a domestic trousseau from the viceroyalty period.

The Museum also holds an important collection of works by the master Auguste Rodin. The second biggest collection of his work in the world outside France includes sculptures that marked the advent of modernity. There are also other emblematic pieces from French Impressionism and from Mexican landscapes and portraiture from the 19th century.

The Mexican and European vanguards are present through artists such as Picasso, Dalí, Siqueiros and Rivera. Two murals by Rufino Tamayo mark the beginning and end of a permanent collection that offer visitors a journey through six centuries of art.


Juan Soriano. Santo y Seña

To Sergio Pitol he was a Perpetual Rebel; to Carlos Monsivaís Enfant Terrible; Demon of Ocumicho, Sparkler, Spirit of the forest to Elena Poniatowska; Eternal Child, 1000-Year Old Youth, Mad Saint to Octavio Paz, Juan Soriano has been appreciated and loved for his figure of a free man whose work is an expression of that liberty.
The Museo Soumaya’s homage to Soriano includes paintings, sculptures and drawings from the artist’s most creative moments. The first instance in which we can see the force of the themes that would become a constant in his self-portraits are works such as the homage to Marte R. Gómez in 1946, an exceptional San Jerónimo from 1942, portraits such as Diego de Mesa con perro from 1948 and Las bañistas from 1945.
A selection of works from his abstract period reveal Soriano’s experimental side. Emblematic works such as Apolo y las musas and pantings dedicated to Lupe Marín as well as a series of works filled with colouristic emotion highlight his incursion into the pictorial vanguard. There are also marine landscapes, luminous fish and a chapel in yellows and reds. His painting is modern and loose with hallucinatory images which celebrate libertarian exaltation.

Previous Exhibitions

Teatro Afición y Gala
1st September to 4th December 2006

Tesoros de Papel
8th September to 30th October 2006

Zodíaco Mariano
February to May 2005

20th November 2004 to June 2005

Santuarios de lo Íntimo. Retrato en miniatura y relicarios
November 2004 to June 2005

Eros. Escultura y Pintura
July 2001 to July 2005

Autorretratos de los Pintores Mexicanos
29th January to September 2004

29th January to September 2004

2300 Cucharas y Utensilios. 2800 Años
20th March 2001 to May 2004


Entrance fee $10.00
Free entry on Sundays and Mondays

50% discount for students and teachers with identification
Free entry for over 60s, disabled people and children under 12

Opening hours

10:30 to 18:30
Fridays and Saturdays to 20:30
Closed on Tuesdays

Getting there

Plaza Loreto
Av. Revolución y Río Magdalena
San Ángel
01090 México D.F.

Tel: (+52 55) 5616 3731/ 61

Plaza Loreto is on the Eje 10 sur


Please do not
- touch the art works
- enter the museum with food or drinks
- take photographs using a flash or a tripod
- step over the dotted line on the floor
- enter the museum with rucksacks, heavy bags or umbrellas

Please remember
- to leave bags in the cloakroom
- to try not to enter the museum with pushchairs on weekends or to keep them away from the art works if this cannot be avoided
- disabled people have immediate and free access to the museum
- toilets are in the plaza
- the museum is closed on Tuesdays

Fridays and Saturdays 12:00, 14:00, 16:00 and 18:00
*The guided visits will be suspended if the exhibition spaces are at their maximum capacity so that all visitors may enjoy their visit.

Museum internal and external photos (1)

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For information on courses offered by the Museo Soumaya:

The Museo Soumaya offers a diploma (The World of Museums) directed at history of art students, museographers, architects, anthropologists, historians, sociologists, artists or anyone with an interest in contemporary tendencies in museums.
The aim is to understand, analyse and reflect on the development of contemporary museums by establishing criteria for the analysis of exhibitions, studying processes of exhibition documentation and dominating the basic criteria for the conservation of collections.
For further information or to register please contact:
Museo Soumaya, Servicios Educativos
Tel: (+52 55) 5616 3731/ 61
Instituto Cultural Helénico
Av. Revolución 1500
Col. Guadalupe Inn
Coordinación Académica
Tel: (+52 55) 5662 4226/ 4698


The Museo Soumaya’s online gallery for children has artworks to download for colouring, games and activities related to great art works and a gallery where children can see their work displayed:

This summer the Museo Soumaya is participating in a programme of activities for children across museums in Mexico City. Activities run from 15th July to 12th August. Registration is free.