Local Design Museums
Brush up on Mexico's homegrown design heroes at several institutions around town. For a primer on the work of the country's most influential 20th-century architect, visit Casa Luis Barragan (General Francisco Ramírez 12-14; 52-55/5515-4908; casaluisbarragan.org), the former home, and now museum, of the modernist trailblazer. The Tlalpan Chapel, located in the neighborhood of the same name, is one of his most famous works: Ask one of the Capuchin sisters to show you around the minimalist, serene chapel, commissioned in 1958. Next, visit the Archivo Museum (General Francisco Ramírez 4; 52-55/2614-1063; archivonline.org), founded by Mexican architect Fernando Romero and his wife Soumaya Slim in 2012. It’s comprised of two collections, one a 2800-strong archive of industrial design icons and the other a collection of bibliographical works dedicated to architecture.