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