"I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best."  - Frida Kahlo

A few years ago, our family road trip took us through San Cristobal de las Casas in the state of Chiapas. The highlight of our time there was a trip to Na Bolom, the home of Franz and Gertrude Blom, now preserved as a museum and a monument to their life together and their work in a remote region of south Chiapas, home to the Lacandon Maya. This intimate museum made a big impact on us so, of course, a visit to the home of Frida Kahlo was high on our list of "must-sees" in Mexico City.

Kahlo was born in 1906 and spent much of her life in this home located in the Coyoacan district of Mexico City. It is a colorful place full of light and shadows, its structures built around a tropical central courtyard garden. The surrounding buildings house gallery spaces, preserved rooms of the residence, a cafe with al fresco seating and a nice gift shop.

On display are many examples of her art as well as pieces from her husband, the famous muralist Diego Riviera, and other contemporaries and friends. There are also many photographs of the artist, her husband and an array of fascinating characters who have been guests in the home including close friend Leon Trotsky.

The image of Frida Kahlo is ubiquitous to Mexico. She is an iconic figure tightly woven into the culture of modern Mexico. There are many, many excellent books and movies about her life and her loves and I highly recommend that you brush up on a bit of her history before you make a visit to this lovely museum. Even if (like me) you come in knowing little to nothing about this fascinating woman, you will come out feeling intimately acquainted with her and with a far deeper understanding of her art.

Frida Kahlo's House

Casa Azul Coyoacan

Casa Azul Mexico City

Casa Azul Mexico City 

Casa Azul Frida Kahlo 

Casa Azul 

Casa Azul Frida Kahlo 

Casa Azul Coyoacan

Casa Azul Frida Kahlo 

Frida Kahlo's House 

Frida Kahlo's House 

Casa Azul Mexico City 

Casa Azul Mexico City 

Frida Kahlo Museum

Fridah Kahlo Museum

Frida Kahlo Museum

Frida Kahlo Museum

Frida Kahlo

Museo Frida Kahlo 

Next...exploring the highlights Mexico City on the Turibus!