Diego Rivera esquina con Altavista
México D.F
Phone: 0052 55 5616 0996
Fax: 0052 55 5616 0996 ext.102

Museo Estudio Diego Rivera

The Museo Estudio Diego Rivera was created by presidential decree on the 21st of April 1981 and opened to the public on the 16th December 1986 in celebration of the birth of the Mexican painter and muralist Diego Rivera.

Since December 1986 the museum has conserved, studied, exhibited and promoted the life and work of the muralist and painter from Guanajuato Diego Rivera and his wife the painter Frida Kahlo. The museum also shows work by the painter Juan O’Gorman and his contemporaries both Mexican and foreign.

The Museum is housed within the twin house-studios of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, designed by the Mexican painter and architect Juan O’Gorman between 1929 and 1932 to accommodate the respective studios and living spaces of the couple. These houses, in themselves a work of art, were the first modern Mexican living spaces constructed according to the theories of functionalist architecture and remain the only examples of such architecture in Mexico.

In 1996 the houses were submitted to renovations intended to bring out the original architecture of the buildings. The Museum was re-inaugurated on 28th February 1997. In celebration of its role as a research institution and centre of cultural promotion, the museum was declared National Heritage Site in 1998.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (6)

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Permanent Collection

The permanent collection of the Museo Estudio Diego Rivera consists of paintings, pre-Hispanic pieces, objects from popular art, photographs, documents, personal objects and works by both Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo as well as the original plans for the building by Juan O’Gorman.

The Painter’s Studio recreates the work environment of Diego Rivera. Other highlights of the permanent collection include Retrato de Juanita Rosas, 1934 and Retrato de Dolores del Río, 1948 by Diego Rivera; Arturo García Bustos, Arturo Estrada and Guillermo Monroy’s Quienes nos explotan y cómo nos explotan, 1946 and Nahui Olin’s Corrida de toros.


4th May to 22nd July 2007

In order to commemorate 20 years since the death of Diego Rivera the Museo Estudio Diego Rivera celebrates the artist through his words.
Rivera was an emblematic figure who exercised a profound artistic critique and revision of the history of national and European art through his texts. This exhibition takes us on a journey through the eyes of Diego Rivera from his native Guanajuato to his period in Europe (1886-1921). The exhibition is divided into four thematic blocks based on different stages in the life of the artist: Guanajuato, Mexico City, The Academy and Europe.
This is the first of two exhibitions, the second of which (Written Images) will be inaugurated in October and will concentrate on the artist’s Mexican contemporaries.

As a complement to the exhibition the Museum will present the family workshop Diego Tell his Story on Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00. The cost of the workshop is MX$10.00 per person.
Guided visits and reservations to the workshops and exhibition can be made by contacting Educational Services on (+52 55) 5550 1189 and 5616 2679.

Previous Exhibitions

Past exhibitions have included “Diego Rivera’s Zapatas”; “The Iconography of Diego Rivera: 1910, Art in a Decisive Year”; “Passion for Frida”; “Nahui Olin. A Modern Woman”; “Edward Weston. The Gaze of Rupture” and “Total Zalce” among others.


General public MX$10.00
Children under 12 years old, over 60s and students and teachers with identification enter free
Entry is free to the general public on Sundays

Opening hours

Tuesdays to Sundays 10:00 to 18:00
Closed on Mondays and official public holidays

Getting there

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Guided visits, courses and workshops, bookshop, conferences, book and magazine presentations, round tables on the life of Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Juan O’Gorman and their contemporaries

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The museum offers courses and workshops for teachers in order to offer them alternatives to teaching programmes through new materials and techniques applied in a creative and didactic manner.


Guided visits for groups can be arranged by prior contact and reservation.


Through a series of dynamic games, stories and activities the museum seeks to bring children closer to the life and work of Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Juan O’Gorman. After a guided visit to the exhibitions, children have the option of participating in an art workshop related to the themes they have seen with the aim of consolidating information received during the guided visit.
Reservations for activities can be made through the Guide and Educational Services Department.


During the summer months participants in these workshops can work on different techniques depending n the theme of the course which is always linked to museum archives and exhibitions as well as the life and work of Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Juan O’Gorman.
The workshops are for children aged between 6 and 16 years old.


Art workshops that revalue popular traditions and linked to the exhibitions presented within the museum are open to the general public.