Thursday, July 2, 2015

ON THE ROCKS: Mexico City's Geology Museum



The following is an excerpt from the latest edition of my guidebook 'Mexico City: an Opinionated Guide for the Curious Traveler'. It is from Walking Tour #6 which takes you from the Monumento de la Revloución, through Colonias San Rafael and Santa Maria la Ribera, ending up at the spectacular Vasconcelos Library. If you would like a copy of the full tour, send me an email: jimjohnstonart@gmail.com 


On the far left corner of the Alameda, up from the Salon París, is the Museo de Geología (closed Mondays), one of the most elegant buildings in all of Mexico City—the time-warp interior could be a set for a Steven Spielberg movie. The grand cast-iron staircase leads up to a land-ing decorated with paintings and stained glass panels by famed 19th-century artist José María Velasco, whose panoramic landscape paintings can be seen in the Museo Nacional. (The staircase is usually roped off, but if it’s not busy and you ask nicely, they may let you go up.) 


















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2 comments:

Cardie said...

I'm going to be in DF next month and will check this out...art nouveau? Looks gorgeous.

LAURA A LOVELAND said...

Jim, you continue to delight and inform with your postings! Gracias, Laura

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