Museo y Casa de Diego Rivera

Top choice museum in Guanajuato

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Diego Rivera's birthplace is now an excellent museum honoring the famous artist, who was persona non grata here for years. It's worth spending an hour here – longer if you're a Rivera fan. Rivera and his twin brother were born in the house in 1886 (Carlos died at the age of two) and lived here until the family moved to Mexico City six years later. The museum's ground floor is a recreation of the Rivera family home, furnished with 19th-century antiques.

The labyrinth of upper floors exhibit a permanent collection of his original works and preliminary sketches (completed for some of his famous murals in Mexico City), plus there's a nude of Frida Kahlo. Several salas also host temporary exhibitions of work by Mexican and international artists. An intimate theater upstairs features black-and-white photographs of Kahlo and Rivera.