Centro Histórico


Justo Sierra, 16
Mexico City
Phone: 0052 55 5702 6378
Website: http://www.sanildefonso.o

Antiguo Colegio De San Ildefonso

The Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso was one of the most important educational establishments in the capital of New Spain. Its creation by the Jesuits dates back to 1558 as a seminary for students of the congregation. Around 1618 it began to function under the Royal Patronage granted by Felipe III which established it as the Real y M√°s Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso.

At the beginning of the 18th century it was renovated, creating the building we know today as one of the most outstanding examples of civil architecture in Mexico City.

Following the expulsion of the Jesuits by Carlos III in 1767 the building served a number of functions: battalion headquarters to the Flandes regiment, college administered by the viceroy’s government and directed by a secular clergy, temporary headquarters of the School of Jurisprudence, School of Medicine and headquarters to both North American and French troops in 1847 and 1862 respectively.

The history of this Jesuit foundation concluded with the establishment of an institution of a liberal spirit which would create the basis of a new educational system and later become the principal nucleus of the Universidad Nacional. In 1867 the government of Benito Ju√°rez carried out a sweeping programme of educational reform creating the Escuela Nacional Preparatoria (ENAP). The school was established in the building of the Colegio de San Ildefonso. Its first director Gabino Barreda established an innovative study plan based on the principals of the positivist philosophy of Augusto Comte.

In 1910 the ENAP went on to form part of the Universidad Nacional and during the next six decades c... [ Read all ]

 Permanent Collection Highlights (6)

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Permanent Collection

The Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso building houses a number of murals by some of Mexico’s finest muralists. The project to educate the masses through ideas and images plastered on the walls of public buildings was the brainchild of José Vasconcelos, education secretary between 1921 and 1924. The group of artists that joined the project to decorate the walls of the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso included Diego Rivera, Jean Charlot, Fernando Leal, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Ramón Alva de la Canal, Fermín Revueltas and José Clemente Orozco.

The murals which can be seen across the building are:
- Diego Rivera’s La Creación from 1922
- Fernando Leal’s Epopeya bolivariana made up of nine murals painted between 1930 and 1942. A collection of six frescos by Leal and dedicated to the heroes of the American independence movements can also be seen.
- El espíritu de Occidente or Los elementos. Encáustica from 1923 by David Alfaro Siqueiros, the first mural painted by the artist. Other works by Siqueiros in the building include El llamado de la libertad or Los ángeles de la liberación, a fresco from 1923, Los Mitos (1924) and the fresco Entierro del obrero sacrificado (1924).


April 16 ‚Äď September 14, 2008
He uses a wide variety of surprising and unexpected materials, which provide a narration of the creative process and are transmitters a psychological phenomena. Muniz uses powder, chocolate syrup, cuts from magazines, wire, soil, among others.

July 3, 2008 through October 26, 2008.

To label Gal√°n's work would be to limit it. It displays his generous versatility, the wide thematic range expressed through textures, strokes and pictorial tricks that intensely throw away what the depths of the water spring are trying to reveal. Subconscious wields against the light and the surface of the canvas mutates to get all the elements piled up.
To go deep into Gal√°n, means to walk into an unusual, amazing, reflexive and sometimes painful, path. A non-stopping catharsis evolves as the artist provokes different identities. With his painting and his outfit, Gal√°n presents labyrinths, clues, obstacles and mazes. Julio Gal√°n is painting in its very essence revealing a rare quality in his quite amazing paintings.

Previous Exhibitions

It extends until April 27 Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:30
Taken great masters of modern art, Josef and Anni Albers, members of the famous German school of art and design Bauhaus, conducted between 1935 and 1967, more than 14 trips to Latin America. They visited Cuba, Mexico, Peru and Chile where appreciated and valued the high degree culture of these countries, its landscape, its people and their artistic creations, from art and buildings of the pre-Hispanic cultures, through design, modern architecture, Folk Art of Mexico and southern continent.

Philadelphia. Mexico City. Los Angeles.
21st February to 24th June 2007

In order to celebrate its 15th anniversary the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso opens its doors to the public with this international exhibition, a pan-American vision of artistic treasures created in America in the Spanish viceroyalties and the Portuguese colony in South America. The ambitious exhibition showcases pieces from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Peru, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Venezuela.
The exhibition has been produced by the Philadelphia Museum of Art (where it was inaugurated last year) in collaboration with the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (the next stop on the exhibition’s tour in summer 2007).
Drawn from public and private collections throughout the Americas and in Europe, Tesoros / Treasures / Tesouros: The Arts in Latin America, 1492‚Äď1820 is a pan-national exhibition spanning the centuries from the arrival of Colu...+ [ Read all ]

Exhibitions (14)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Make Art/Stop AIDS
Augost 1st, 2008 - January 18, 2009


Temporary Exhibitions: MX$45.00
Students and teachers: MX$22.50

When there are no temporary exhibitions on, general admission to the building is MX$10.00 or MX$5.00 for students and teachers.

Free Entry: Members of the Museum, under 12-year-olds, over-65s and Tuesdays.

Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 to 17:30.
The box office closes 30 minutes before Museum closing time.

Getting there

Justo Sierra 16
Centro Histórico
06020 D.F.

Tel: (+52) 55 5702 6378/ 5795 5922
Email: servicios@sanildefonso.org.mx


The shop is located in the main yard of the Museum, to the side of the access corridor. It sells publications produced by the Museum, artifacts, jewellery, ceramics, textiles, gifts for children and books by other editorials about the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions.
The shop is open Tuesdays to Sundays 10:00 to 18:00.
Tel: (+52) 55 5702 3314
Email: tienda@sanildefonso.org.mx

The cloakroom is located in the Museum’s access yards. This service allows visitors to store objects that are not permitted in the exhibition areas: large bags, packets, briefcases, rucksacks and umbrellas.
The cloakroom will cease to accept objects 30 minutes before Museum closing time.

Visitors can enter the exhibition areas with prams and baby pouches when and if these areas are not saturated. Access will not be allowed with large prams. Compact prams are available to visitors in the cloakroom on request.

The Museum has an emergency service, in case of any accidents, during the period of temporary exhibitions. If first aid is required please seek help from security personnel.

Wheelchairs can be obtained from the Museum cloakroom and Museum installations can be accessed with these. The service is available on presentation of an official identification. Visitors with incapacities can access the second and third floors of the building by lift.

Taking video and photographic images is permitted in the exhibition rooms during some exhibitions always when and if professional equipment is not used and the material is not used for c...+ [ Read all ]

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Visits can be made to the temporary exhibitions accompanied by our voluntary guides.
For further information please contact (+52) 55 5789 2505/ pedagogicos@sanildefonso.org.mx

The Museum also offers a programme of special visits to the building or to the temporary exhibitions accompanied by highly qualified specialists.
For further information please contact: (+52) 55 5702 6378/ servicios@sanildefonos.org.mx


For school groups the Museum offers visits previews and courses for teachers, support material for teachers and guided visits and complimentary workshops for students.
For further information please contact: (+52) 55 5789 2505/ pedagogicos@sanildefonso.org.mx


By joining San Ildefonso as a member you can contribute to consolidating our cultural project. By making an annual donation you will receive a membership card that allows you to obtain many benefits, including free entry to the Museum, access to conferences, courses, workshops and concerts and information about Museum activities.
For further information please contact: (+52) 55 5702 6378/ 5795 5922/ patrocinios@sanildefonso.org.mx


By joining San Ildefonso as a corporate member you can contribute to consolidating our cultural project. By making an annual donation you will receive a membership card that allows you to obtain many benefits, including free entry to the Museum, access to conferences, courses, workshops and concerts and information about Museum activities.
Current corporate members include Procter & Gamble México, Club de Industriales, Grupo Modelo, Efectivale, Merck S.A de C.V, AIG México Seguros Interamericana S.A de C.V and Fundación DaimlerChrysler México IAP.
For further information please contact: (+52) 55 5702 6378/ 5795 5922/ patrocinios@sanildefonso.org.mx

Venue hire

The Museum’s spaces can be hired for cultural, social and business events.
During Museum opening times the cost for a group of maximum 25 people is MX$2,500.00. For after hours bookings the cost is MX$3,500.00. Museum premises cannot be used for political or religious events (including weddings).
For further information please contact: (+52) 55 5702 6378/ 5795 5922 ext.202/ servicios@sanildefonso.org.mx