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“Temporarily closed.” That’s the phrase that appears when you look up any museum in Mexico on the internet. However, although their doors have closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this hasn’t stopped them from designing digital experiences so that visitors can see their exhibits without getting up from the couch.

Tec Review presents below a selection of seven Mexican museums that encourage cultural exchange through online tours and activities:

Museo de Arte Moderno

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This museum opened its doors on September 20, 1964. Since then, works from different representatives of Mexican modern art such as David Alfaro Siqueiros, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, José Clemente Orozco, Frida Kahlo, Remedios Varo, and Mathías Goeritz have paraded through its halls.

It has a 360° virtual tour that allows you to explore every corner of the museum, located in Mexico City, just by moving your mouse. The tour includes not only its four rooms, but also the entrance hall and gardens that display sculptures by artists such as Manuel Felguérez and Gelsen Gas.

National Museum of Art

Preserving and disseminating works of art produced in Mexico between the second half of the 16th century and the first half of the 20th is the goal of this museum, located in the historic center of Mexico City, and considered one of the most important architectural works in the country.

Its virtual tour allows you to see the ground floor and the entrance hall in detail, as well as the first and second floors. Besides exploring the permanent exhibits that display more than 4,000 pieces from artists such as Manuel Tolsá, Dr. Atl, and Diego Rivera, the tour allows you to appreciate the architecture of this building’s eclectic style. You can see its hallways, balconies, and the mural on the roof of the main staircase.

Frida Kahlo Museum

The Blue House is one of the country’s main sites for tourism. It’s always full of people. You usually have to line up for several minutes to get in. During this emergency, you can take the opportunity to visit it through a virtual tour.

Some of the objects and spaces available in this 360° tour include the beds Kahlo used for painting in, the library, the kitchen, the garden, and works such as Viva la Vida (Long Live Life).

Ciudad Juárez Museum of Art

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This museum opened its doors 57 years ago. Over this time, it has hosted works by visual artists such as Vicente Rojo, Shinzaburo Takeda, Daniel Lezama, and Lucía Maya.

Through the virtual tour, you can enjoy the exhibit entitled Pedro Ramírez Vázquez: Modernidad Fronteriza (Frontier Modernity), which displays the main contributions of this architect, who took part in projects such as the Aztec Stadium and the Basilica of Guadalupe, as well as designing this museum.

Soumaya Museum
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Art for all. That’s the slogan used by the Carlos Slim Foundation museum to approach its online visitors. Every day, this museum holds virtual tours from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

What’s more, it displays more than 100 works from one of the most important private collections in Latin America through the Google Cultural Institute, Google Arts & Culture.

Chapultepec Castle
(Photo: Leonardo Hernández / National History Museum, Chapultepec Castle)

You can see rooms, gardens, and carriages when you visit this castle online, which was adapted as a museum and opened its doors to the public on September 27, 1944. The museum inside offers one vision of Mexican history from the conquest and formation of New Spain until the dawn of the 20th century.

You need to have the Adobe Flash Player application installed in order to take a virtual tour of what once was the residence of Maximilian of Habsburg and Charlotte of Belgium. You can also choose the option of an audio guide.

Carrillo Gil Museum of Art

Located in the south of Mexico City, this museum focuses on promoting works by artists such as José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Diego Rivera, and Günther Gerzo, as well as pieces of national and international modern art.

The museum’s collection consists of more than 1,700 pieces, some of which can be seen through its 360° virtual tour.

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