If you’re as enamoured of Frida Kahlo’s haughty, stern portrait as many of the rest of us, but can’t swing a trip to Mexico City on your beach vacation – you’re in luck. A brand new Frida Kahlo museum has opened its doors in Playa del Carmen and visitors are streaming in.
Only the second museum in the world dedicated to the iconic Mexican artist, the museum plays host to an interactive photo essay documenting Kahlo’s tumultuous and controversial life as well as a history of her artwork. Perhaps the most interesting, the museum doesn’t hold any original works of art from Kahlo and instead hopes to use the space to highlight artists who have been inspired by her.
Situated on the corner of 8th Street and 5th Avenue, the street level museum is a welcome addition to the vibrant 5th Avenue scene. The upper floors of the building hold the Frida Kahlo restaurant. The third restaurant in Mexico of the same name, the company is famous for its “gastromapping” in which they project a light show onto your table while you wait for your food. If you think that sounds gimmicky, it is – but the food is actually good. And the presentation doesn’t stop with the fancy lights – order something tagged “FK experience” and prepare for an above and beyond presentation of your choice of modern-Mexican cuisine.
Given the popularity of Casa Azul with visitors, the house where she lived in Mexico City, this new museum which is opened daily from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m should be just as attractive . The entrance fee is $15 USD for the general public with a 10 % discount to Mexicans. Playa del Carmen locals get a 50% discount with valid ID and students and senior citizens receive 10% off.