This museum is home of one of the most famous murals painted by the celebrated Diego Rivera: Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central (Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in the Alameda Central). This museum is situated next to the Park Alameda.
It also holds other exhibitions throughout the year, but the permanent exhibition is the mural of Diego Rivera.
This stunning mural which is fifteen meters long was painted in 1947. In the painting, Diego imagined a Sunday afternoon in Alameda park throughout history. Many of the painted figures walked in the park from colonial times onward, among them Hernán Cortés, Benito Juárez, Porfirio Díaz and Francisco Madero.
The mural represents about 30 different characters over four hundred years of Mexican history. The central figure of this picture is La Catrina wearing a feathered serpent boa around her shoulders, holding hands with a child version of Diego Rivera. Frida Kahlo is just behind them. Kahlo has her hand on Rivera’s shoulder and she is holding the symbol of yin and yang.
This mural was originally created for the Versailles Restaurant of the Hotel Del Prado across the road from the museum. During the great earthquake of 1985 which had a magnitude of 8.0 causing, about five thousand deaths, the hotel was considered uninhabitable and condemned to demolition, the mural was restored and placed in the museum.