The famous Mexican businessman Carlos Slim was married to Soumaya Domit Gemayel, who died in 1999. It’s in her honor that this museum takes its name. At the Soumaya Museum you can enjoy part of Carlos Slim’s private art collection: more than 66,000 works of art from all periods.
The museum in Plaza Carso houses pre-Hispanic Mesoamerica pieces, as well as twentieth-century Mexican painting and an extensive repertoire of works by Salvador Dalí, Auguste Rodin, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo and Tintoretto, among many others.
The site is interesting even from the building that houses the museum: a brilliant silver asymmetric structure of soft shapes, reminiscent of a Rodin sculpture. It has a height of 46 meters and is covered with 46,000 hexagonal aluminum plates. The roof of the building is semi-transparent allowing the upstairs to be lit directly by sunlight during the day.
The interior of the museum is divided into 6 floors interconnected by lifts and a spiral exterior ramp, so we recommend starting your visit at the top floor and then walking down.
Admission is free all days and it’s open Monday to Sunday from 10:30 to 18:30. More information on their official website.
Photos: Hector Barrera