This museum is the fruit of the efforts of German-born Franz Mayer. Prospering as a financier in his adopted Mexico, Mayer amassed the collection of Mexican silver, ceramics, textiles and furniture now on display. Look out for the annual World Press Photo ( exhibition held here between late July and late September.

The exhibit halls open onto a sumptuous colonial-era patio where you can grab a bite at the excellent Cloister Café.

The museum occupies the old church and hospice of the San Juan de Dios order, which under the brief reign of Maximilian became a halfway house for prostitutes.