Did you know that the Museo Cabañas in Guadalajara is a Unesco World Heritage Site? Recently, my husband was teaching a seminary class in Guadalajara, Mexico. This time, I was able to go along with him. Our hosts were excited about all their city has to offer, and high on the list was this gem of a museum in downtown Guadalajara.

exterior of Museo Cabañas in Guadalajara (with host family)
Museo Cabañas, Guadalajara, Mexico

The building was originally founded in 1791 and served as a workhouse, orphanage, almshouse, and hospital. It currently serves as an art museum and cultural center in the heart of the downtown community.

The biggest attractions in the Museo Cabañas are the impressive murals by renowned artist José Clemente Orozco. Orozco painted these murals towards the end of his career. He is considered one of the top three Mexican muralists.

"Man of Fire", Orozco, Museo Cabaños, Guadalajara, Mexico
“Man of Fire”, Orozco, Museo Cabaños, Guadalajara, Mexico

Orozco was heavily influenced by the Mexican Revolution. His 57 Frescos in the central area of the museum depict various scenes in history and are often brutal, and bloody.

Orozco murals, Museo Cabañas, Guadalajara, Mexico.
Orozco murals, Museo Cabañas, Guadalajara, Mexico.

Nonetheless, the murals are beautiful, both in their size and details.

Orozco fresco of Bishop Cabañas, Museo Cabañas, Guadaljara, Mexico
Orozco fresco of Bishop Cabañas, Museo Cabañas, Guadaljara, Mexico

As impressive as these murals are, the museum does have more to offer. There were multiple artists on display. And there is even a fun area of children to explore and interact with art and history of the building itself.

Having a little fun with Orozco at the Museo Cabañas, Guadalajara, Mexico
Having a little fun with Orozco at the museum

All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Museo Cabañas in Guadalajara. Laura and I regularly encourage you to check out your local art museum. In this case, I’d also encourage you to make an art museum a stop on your next travel itinerary – who knows what you may discover?!


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