How to buy Frida Kahlo Museum tickets plus a review of my visit to the Blue House

I have visited the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City twice, and in this post, I will share how to buy tickets for the Blue House, travel tips, great tours, and more!

Hi Trisha! I saw your video about Frida Kahlo on Youtube. I am planning to visit on my own this June and wanted to ask for some information. I was told I have to book the tickets in advance. Is this correct? Can I go without a guide? If I need a guide, do you mind connecting me to some of your friends in Mexico City whom I can do this tour with? Many thanks for your Mexico blogs and thanks for always answering my questions!

Irene Witcher, United States
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Hi Irene!

Yes, you need to buy Frida Kahlo museum tickets in advance. The place is really small so there’s a certain capacity limit per hour. The lines are really long and there is a probability you won’t be able to enter without paying the tickets in advance.

Anyway, I have written in detail everything you need to know about visiting the Frida Kahlo Museum in this article. And for sure – I will connect you to my friends in Mexico City so you’ll have someone to go with!

Good luck and let me know how it goes! If you have any questions that weren’t answered in this post, I’d be happy to update them – just let me know!

Xx, Trisha

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Why is Frida Kahlo Museum popular?

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The Frida Kahlo Museum is popular due to its deep connection to the iconic artist, its authentic atmosphere, its extensive art collection, and its importance as a cultural and educational destination in Mexico City.

The museum was once the home of Frida Kahlo, one of the most influential and celebrated Mexican painters. It offers a unique opportunity for visitors to gain insight into her life, struggles, and creative process.

The Blue House remains largely unchanged from when Kahlo lived with her husband, muralist Diego Rivera. This allows you to step back in time and experience the environment that inspired her work.

The museum houses an extensive collection of Kahlo’s artwork, including paintings, drawings, and personal items, offering a comprehensive understanding of her artistic development.

As a prominent Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo’s work is deeply rooted in Mexican culture, and the museum serves as a testament to her influence on the nation’s artistic identity.

The lush gardens surrounding the Blue House are visually appealing and hold symbolic meaning in Kahlo’s life and artwork, adding another layer to the museum experience.

The Frida Kahlo Museum hosts various events, workshops, and exhibitions throughout the year, fostering education and appreciation of her art and life.

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Why is Frida Kahlo Museum blue?

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The Frida Kahlo Museum is blue due to family tradition, cultural significance, artistic expression, and its visual impact, all of which contribute to its unique charm and connection to Frida Kahlo’s life and work.

The house was built by Frida Kahlo’s father, Guillermo Kahlo, and the blue color was a part of the original design.

The family maintained the vibrant blue hue throughout the years, becoming an essential part of the house’s identity.

The color blue carries a rich cultural significance in Mexico. Known as “cobalt blue” or “Mexican Blue,” it symbolized protection and was often used in colonial-era buildings, churches, and homes to ward off evil spirits.

The intense blue shade reflects Frida Kahlo’s bold artistic sensibilities and her love for vibrant colors. The color has become synonymous with her creative style and her identity as a Mexican artist.

The striking blue color of the museum makes it stand out and creates a memorable impression for visitors. The vivid hue adds to the museum’s appeal and allure, drawing in art lovers and tourists alike.

How to get to Frida Kahlo Museum Mexico City

Please note that there is also a Frida Kahlo Museum in Playa del Carmen, Mexico so make sure you have the correct location.

To get to the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City, the easiest way is to take an Uber. The museum is located in the Coyoacan neighborhood, located in the southern part of the capital.

If you have a reserved ticket, make sure to order the Uber in advance because Ubers in Mexico City are always busy, especially during peak hours.

Uber has a feature where you can set the time for the driver to arrive, even days before your ride. The Uber can vary from 100-400 pesos ($5-$23 USD).

Some of you may want to take the bus but it is not the most convenient way. I’ll explain how to get to Frida Kahlo Museum by bus anyway, starting from Mexico City’s historic center.

The closest metro stations are Zócalo/Tenochtitlan Station (Line 2, blue line) and Bellas Artes Station (Line 2, blue line or Line 8, green line).

Once you are in the station, follow the steps below:

  • Travel south until you reach the “General Anaya” station. It will take about 15-20 minutes.
  • Transfer to a bus. Exit the General Anaya station and look for a bus stop or “pesero” (small bus) that goes towards Coyoacán.
  • Find buses or peseros marked with destinations like “Coyoacán,” “Division del Norte,” or specific street names such as “Miguel Ángel de Quevedo.”
  • Board the bus or pesero. Talk to the driver and confirm that they are going towards the Frida Kahlo Museum or ask for “La Casa Azul” so they will understand you.
  • The bus ride could take about 15-30 minutes depending on traffic. You will likely get off at a stop along “Avenida Coyoacán” or close to “Calle Londres,” where the museum is located.
  • From your bus stop, it may be a short walk to the museum located at “Londres 247.”
  • Use Google Maps to navigate the short distance on foot.
  • The Frida Kahlo Museum is one of the most recognizable buildings in the area, painted bright blue, and usually bustling with visitors. You won’t miss it.

Have some cash ready for bus fares in Mexico City as they typically do not accept card payments.

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Purchasing Frida Kahlo Museum tickets

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Frida Kahlo Museum tickets can be purchased online. Please note that this has limited spots, so it is recommended to buy tickets online in advance rather than buying in person.

You may end up not entering the museum if you show up without a ticket (happened to me once!) General admission ticket prices are:

  • Adults: $12 USD
  • Students (with valid ID) and teachers (with valid credentials): $6 USD
  • Children under six years old: Free
  • Senior citizens (60 years and older, Mexican citizens only): Free

Keep in mind that holidays and weekends have higher ticket prices. There may also be an extra charge for special events or temporary exhibits.

The general entry ticket lets you see the museum’s permanent collection, which includes Frida Kahlo’s paintings, personal items, and the lovely garden.

You can also explore the rooms and studios where Frida and Diego Rivera lived and worked.

Disclaimer: This part of the article used to have a link to Viator’s Frida Kaho Museum tickets but I removed it since many travelers reading this blog told me that Viator cancels your reservations last minute. And this did not come from one source but from 7! I only have 2 reliable guides for these tours (which I know personally) so I never had these problems in my visit.

The official website for Frida Kahlo Museum tickets

The official website for Frida Kahlo Museum tickets is in Spanish.

Alternatively, you can also visit the official website to purchase Frida Kahlo Museum tickets.

The site is in Spanish, but the booking platform is pretty straightforward as you only need to choose the dates on the calendar – you don’t need a translation for that.

The only issue with this platform is that they only open the calendar for Frida Kahlo Museum tickets for 2 months.

This means that if you browse the ticket platform in April, you will only see April and May availability. More often than not, they are SOLD OUT.

I guess the trick is to check every 1st of the month for the updated calendar.

Tour agencies are blocking out those tickets in advance to sell them for a higher price, so the official website often has no available tickets.

If you manage to buy tickets, do not be late as they can refuse entry. Again, this museum is pretty busy – think Louvre Museum in Paris where tickets are also so hard to get!

This goes without saying that expect this museum to be very crowded (see photo below of the facade).

Buy Frida Kahlo Museum tickets at Centenario 107 restaurant

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I know this is a strange way but I thought you’d like to know. There is a restaurant near Frida Kahlo Museum called Centenario 107, a 4-min walk from the museum.

Here, they have an ticket vending machine where you can buy the tickets.

This restaurant is open from 9:00 AM – 1 AM daily. I am not sure if travelers know this way already, so again, you are taking your chance here (if you are looking for last minute tickets to the Frida Kahlo Museum).

FYI, you don’t have to order at the restaurant but this is one of the best restaurants in Coyoacan – eat here if you have the time! They have jazz nights every Wednesday!

Walking in and taking your chance

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Left line: no tickets/walk-in; right line (reserved tickets)

Alright gang, I’ve seen this a lot – most people asking me about Frida Kahlo Museum tickets are last-minute planners.

Unfortunately, you really can’t do this as this is one of the most popular small museums in the world.

I had a friend who wanted to visit 2 days before, I told her to just walk in since she was already touring Xochimilco anyway. She luckily got to enter (as a solo traveler) but this is a hit and miss.

If you want to try this, you can simply show up at the museum and fall in line at the left side of the building. The right side line is for ticket holders.

If you are alone, there is a very small chance they will accommodate you but if you are with a bigger group (more than 2 pax), it’s best to book it way in advance.

What can you do in the Frida Kahlo Museum?

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I took my time when I visited Frida Kahlo Museum. Her life is so fascinating and I am really a fan.

One of the best things to do inside the Frida Kahlo Museum is to wander through the rooms where Frida Kahlo lived and worked, taking in the authentic atmosphere that inspired her art.

The house has been meticulously preserved, allowing visitors to get a glimpse into her daily life.

You can also learn more about her artwork as the museum houses an extensive collection of Kahlo’s paintings, drawings, and sketches, showcasing her artistic evolution and unique style.

There are also a few exhibits of Frida Kahlo’s personal items, such as clothing, jewelry, and even her prosthetic leg.

These artifacts offer a more intimate understanding of her life, struggles, and personality.

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Another interesting room to explore is Diego Rivera’s studio (fellow artist and Frida’s husband). Here, you can see his workspace and some of his art pieces.

The beautiful gardens surrounding the Blue House are filled with plants and flowers that Frida Kahlo loved and often featured in her paintings.

The garden also includes a replica of a pre-Hispanic pyramid built by Diego Rivera, displaying some of his collection of pre-Columbian artifacts.

The Frida Kahlo Museum regularly hosts temporary exhibitions, workshops, and educational events related to the artist, Mexican culture, and art history.

Finally, you can go shopping! The museum’s gift shop offers a variety of unique souvenirs, including art prints, books, clothing, and jewelry inspired by Frida Kahlo and her work.

Genuine Frida Kahlo Museum tours

Guided tours at Frida Kahlo Museum Mexico City

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The museum offers guided tours in both Spanish and English, led by knowledgeable museum staff. These tours provide a deeper understanding of Frida Kahlo’s life, work, and the historical context in which she lived.

Guided tours typically last about an hour and are subject to availability. Below are the prices for guided tours that you can avail once you are at the gate:

  • Spanish guided tour: $18 USD per person
  • English guided tour: $23 USD per person

Please note that these prices are in addition to your Frida Kahlo Museum tickets. These guided tours are extras and are paid separately.

Frida Kahlo Museum audio tours

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If you prefer a self-guided experience, you can rent an audio guide available in various languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and others.

The audio guide provides insightful commentary about the museum, its collection, and Frida Kahlo’s life. The audio guide rental costs $4 USD and can be paid at the gate of the museum.

Big groups, you need to reserve everything in advance, especially if you are a group of more than 7 people.

The museum has a limit so if you are coming as a big group, you need to pre-book this and arrange a guide before you visit.

Frida Kahlo Museum with Xochimilco and Coyoacan

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🕒 10 hours
💲 from $38 USD

This is Mexico City Super Saver tour goes to the Coyoacan neighborhood, the Frida Kahlo Museum, the Xochimilco canals, and the National University of Mexico.

The tour is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of Mexico City’s history and culture. It is an excellent way for travelers to see several of the city’s top attractions in a single day.

The tour includes transportation and a knowledgeable guide, making it an easy and convenient way to experience the best of Mexico City.

Frida Kahlo Museum bike tour

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  • 5 hours
  • from $77 USD

This Mexico City bike tour visits the Coyoacan neighborhood and the Frida Kahlo Museum. The tour provides a unique and active way to experience Mexico City, as you will be biking through the city’s streets and exploring its cultural landmarks.

The tour includes a knowledgeable guide who will provide information about the Coyoacan neighborhood, the Frida Kahlo Museum, and Mexico City’s history and culture.

The Frida Kahlo Museum, also known as the Blue House, was once the home of the famous Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and has been converted into a museum to showcase her life and work.

This tour is a great opportunity for travelers who want to experience Mexico City in a fun and active way, while also learning about its history and culture.

Frida Kahlo Museum hours

  • Closed on Mondays
  • Tuesday: 10 AM – 6 PM
  • Wednesday: 11 AM – 6 PM
  • Thursday to Sunday: 10 AM – 6 PM

There are also special holidays where the Frida Kahlo Museum have different hours:

  • September 15th (Grito de Dolores): 10 AM – 2 PM
  • December 24th & 31st (Christmas Holidays): 10 AM – 2 PM

Lastly, the Frida Kahlo Museum is closed on January 1st (New Yera’s Day), May 1st (Labor Day), September 16th (Mexican Independence Day), December 14th (Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe), and December 25th (Christmas Day).

Frida Kahlo Museum FAQ

How much does it cost to visit the Frida Kahlo Museum?

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The cost of admission to the Frida Kahlo Museum (also known as the Casa Azul or Blue House) in Mexico City varies depending on your nationality and whether you purchase tickets online or at the museum.

For Mexican citizens and residents, admission costs $11 USD when purchased online, or $12 USD when purchased at the museum.

For foreign visitors, admission costs $18 USD when purchased online, or $20 USD when purchased at the museum.

Does the Frida Kahlo Museum sell out?

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Yes, the Frida Kahlo Museum (also known as the Casa Azul or Blue House) in Mexico City can sell out, especially during peak tourist seasons and holidays.

It is recommended that visitors purchase their tickets in advance, either online or by phone, to avoid long lines and ensure entry to the museum.

It is also worth noting that the museum may have limited availability for special events or exhibitions, so it is advisable to check the museum’s website or contact them directly for more information about upcoming events and any potential impact on availability.

How long does it take to go through the Frida Kahlo Museum?

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The Frida Kahlo Museum is not really that big, so 1-2 hours of exploring is OK. However, if the museum is full, you may have a short delay.

The museum is relatively small and consists of several rooms, including Frida Kahlo’s bedroom, her studio, and her kitchen.

You can view her artwork, personal items, and photographs and learn about her life and her family’s history.

Like I said, some rooms are really small, so you’ll find areas filled with people, and you’ll have to wait your turn.

What do you wear to the Frida Kahlo Museum?

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There is no official dress code for visiting the Frida Kahlo Museum Mexico City.

But because the museum is outside and does not have air conditioning, it’s best to wear comfortable clothes for the weather.

Mexico City can be quite hot and humid in the summer months, so wearing light, breathable clothing and comfortable shoes is advisable.

Additionally, you may walk or stand for long periods of time, so wearing comfortable shoes is important.

Can you take pictures at Frida Kahlo Museum?

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Yes! I took all the photos in this post with a professional camera and nobody came to me and stopped me from using it.

Since this is a personal trip (and not a crazy production for this blog), I did not need to secure a permit to take photos and videos.

For photographers, you can’t bring a tripod inside the museum. They will ask you to surrender it in the entrance and put it in a locker. You also can’t use flash photography.

Do you have to buy tickets in advance for the Frida Kahlo Museum?

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YES, you do because the spots are limited daily. Buying tickets in advance can save you time and allows you to skip the lines at the museum entrance.

It It also ensures that they will be able to enter the museum if tickets are sold out on the day of their visit.

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