Frida Kahlo Museum

Frida Kahlo Museum

The Frida Kahlo Museum or The Blue House (La Casa Azul) is located in Coyoacan, one of the most beautiful places in Mexico City. It is by far my favorite museum in the city and I remember visiting the museum since I was a girl and always feel the same excitement about the life and work of Frida Kahlo.

Her extraordinary and distinctive way of seeing life and facing the obstacles. My mom and grandparents used to take me to the Museum very often and I always felt passionate like the first time.

Frida Kahlo museum entrance in Coyoacan at Mexico City.
Frida Kahlo Museum Entrance.

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The Story Behind the Frida Kahlo Museum 

The Blue House is located in a beautiful neighborhood south of Mexico City, Coyoacan. The House-Museum was acquired by Frida’s parents since 1904 and three years later Frida Kahlo was born at the house.

When Frida married Diego Rivera, they lived in different houses in Mexico City and other countries, but always her favorite was the Blue House where she spent the best and worst moments of her life. In every detail, you’ll see the love that Frida and Diego had to the House.

The spectacular studio of Frida Kahlo with all the things the artist used to paint at this beautiful house in Mexico City.
The fascinating studio of Frida Kahlo.
Frida's Desk with all the details and objects at the best house museum in Coyoacan, Mexico City.
Every detail has been preserved at the house.

Fascinating rooms at Casa Azul

One of my favorite rooms at the Museum is the kitchen-dining room with the yellow floor and a mix of prehispanic colonial style. I can imagine the influential personalities of that time as Leon Trotsky, Jose Clemente Orozco, Isamu Noguchi, Andre Breton among many others enjoying delightful dinners. The Russian politician Leon Trotsky lived with them while he suffered the persecution by Joseph Stalin.

The colorful Mexican Kitchen with Pre Hispanic objects and the beautiful decoration inside Casa Azul in Mexico City.
The colorful Mexican kitchen.
Kahlo's bedroom with the mirror on top of the bed she used to paint herself.
Frida Kahlo’s beautiful bedroom.
The Diego Rivera Bedroom at Casa Azul in Coyoacan, Mexico City.
Diego Rivera bedroom.

The gorgeous garden is decorated with wonderful prehispanic pieces, art, and beautiful plants.

The house has been maintained at the request of Frida and Diego, as when they live there. The ornaments, paintings, and any detail have been preserved so we can enjoy it.

Before dying Diego Rivera, he asked that the baths be kept closed for 15 years keeping in secret the content. Therefore, just a few years ago the secret was revealed and they discovered hundreds of photographs, documents, books, drawings, dresses, personal objects, corsets, medicines and more.

The exhibition is now much more extensive and extraordinary, so now is the perfect moment to visit.

The collection of old toys and amazing personal objects discovered at her house in Mexico City.
Frida Kahlo had many toys, this cabinet is full of amazing objects.
The most colorful gardens at the Frida Kahlo Museum, authentic Mexican Style at the Museum in Mexico City.
I love the gardens full of color, art and Mexican style.

I recommend arriving early, as it is a very popular Museum. The best way to visit it may be on one of the Frida Kahlo Tours that include Xochimilco, Coyoacan and the Frida Kahlo Museum.

Pre Hispanic Art at the Patio Blue House in Coyoacan, Mexico City
Wonderful Prehispanic art at the patio.

Who was Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo was born on July 6, 1907, in Mexico City at the Blue House. His parents Wilhelm Kahlo, Hungarian-German descent, who also paints and Matilde Calderon, originally from Oaxaca, Mexico. Frida was the third of four daughters.

At the age of six, she got ill with poliomyelitis, because that, her right leg was shorter and she was forced to wear special shoes.

In 1925, at age 18 Frida had a tragic accident, the bus she was traveling on was hit by a tramcar. She suffered several fractures and injuries to the spine what made her go through 32 surgeries during her life. For many months she had to remain immobilized in her bed, and that is how she began to paint.

Frida married the muralist Diego Rivera in 1929 and from that moment they had a love-hate relationship. The couple lived in the Blue House, as well as in New York, Detroit, San Francisco, and also in the studio-house located in San Angel in Mexico City which is a wonderful museum you should visit.

A self portrait of Frida Kahlo the unique Mexican artist at the Blue House in Mexico City.
The splendid Frida Kahlo art.

The art of Frida Kahlo

Her work a blend of surrealist, expressionist, and acid popular art is what made her unique. It has been exhibited in a lot of museums around the world; the Louvre Museum acquired one of its self-portraits and her paintings are in a lot of private collections.

Her work seems admirable to me, as well as her dramatic and full of struggle life.

In her last years of life, she suffered severe pain and her leg was amputated; she tried to commit suicide more than once and, in the end, she died of a pulmonary embolism in 1954 at the age of 47.

The last paint of Frida Kahlo Viva la Vida, a colorful paint 8 days before she died.
Viva La Vida, painted 8 days before she died.
The recently recovered dresses of Frida Kahlo with her unique Mexican Style at the Museum in Mexico City
Recently recovered garments, the unique Mexican style of Frida Kahlo.

More in Coyoacan, Mexico

At Coyoacan you will also find delicious restaurants, a wonderful Mexican market, another very interesting museums, old traditional “cantinas” (bar) and one of the most beautiful churches in Mexico City San Juan Bautista in the heart of Coyoacan.

The best part is that you can walk around the neighborhood easily, walking on the streets you will find handicrafts, art pieces, jewelry and of course the delicious Mexican food.

Frida Kahlo has become a reference to Mexican Culture, feminism, and her life and work are full of myths and secrets. 

If you travel to Mexico City, the Frida Kahlo Museum is a place you should visit! 

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1 year ago

This is one place I want to see when I visit Mexico City. I love the history there and cannot wait to experience it. The house is very well maintained.

1 year ago

She’ was such a fabulous artist and it’s great to see her works are being preserved and admired so well. Would love to visit one day!

10 months ago

Frida is such an inspiring woman! They had an exhibit here recently, but unfortunately it sold out too fast. Will have to save this one for a future visit 🙂