Museo Franz Mayer
Pay a visit to the vast art collection donated by Franz Mayer and stop by its interesting library.
Design and decorative arts
Devoted to decorative arts and design, this museum, located in the former convent and hospital of San Juan de Dios, from the 18th century, has become one of the most important exhibition spaces in the capital. It has a huge art collection donated to the city by the businessman and stock market magnate Franz Meyer, who died in 1975 leaving all his possessions to the Mexican people. His collection, which he had been amassing throughout his lifetime, has about 10,000 pieces. Among them there is pottery, antique furniture, Chinese porcelain, sculpture, silverware... from around the world and from every corner of Mexico, covering all sorts of periods and styles. Open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday, it also has an important library, specialised in decorative arts but with other kinds of books as well, like a collection of different editions of Don Quixote. The library can be visited to consult the books or to admire its exhibitions. In the beautiful cloister of the old convent there are often temporary exhibitions, and through it you can get to a quiet cafeteria where the cakes are extremely good.