Published on March 5th, 2011 | by Mark Chesnut

Mexico’s Newest Museum, on a Grand Scale

The Museo Soumaya is more than just Mexico City’s latest tribute to the arts — it’s also an iconic architectural statement.

Considering that Carlos Slim Helú is the world’s richest man, it’s not surprising that when he decided to create a new museum, he did it on a grand scale. This month marks the debut of Museo Soumaya, Mexico City’s newest headline-grabbing cultural institution. 

The collection includes artwork ranging from old masters like Rubens to Modernist artists like Picasso and Tamayo. But just as noteworthy is the building itself — a 150-foot-high structure, covered with 16,000 hexagonal aluminum plates, was designed by architect Fernando Romero (who just happens to be Carlos Slim’s son-in-law). Yet another eye-catching reason to visit Mexico City’s upscale Polanco district. 

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The founder and editor of, Mark has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and manager. He's worked with some of the biggest consumer, in-flight and travel trade publishers that cover Latin America.

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