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By Mike Vondruska

It's Free to Enter México City's Soumaya Art Museum

A Travel Tip – 

IN TODAY’S TOURISM WORLD, IT SEEMS EVERYWHERE YOU TRAVEL, you are being “nickeled & dimed” by add-on costs at hotels, on airline flights, for the privilege of skipping the otherwise long lines to enter the “must-see” tourist sites, and for all the additional tips which anyone and everyone who lifts a finger to help you during your vacation/holiday expects from you.

So it is very refreshing to discover a very interesting place to visit that does not subscribe to this “gimme gimme gimme” philosophy. In fact, there is no cost at all to enter for international travelers as well as for all the local residents.

It’s a world class art museum which was constructed by one of the world’s wealthiest men, Carlos Slim. His reasoning for creating this museum was quite simple.

Since many Mexicans cannot afford to travel overseas to view the magnificent art collections found throughout Europe, Asia, and other far-flung locations, he believed it was important to house a prestigious collection of international art right in his home county of México.

Entrance to this museum which he named after his late wife is totally free everyday to the public.

The Soumaya Museum in México City houses more than 60,000 pieces of art from around the world on six floors that offer 64,500 square feet (6,000 square meters) of exhibition space. There is even a public library within this unique museum complex.

Today, because of the generosity of Carlos Slim, México City can now boast of an incredible world-class art museum representing great masterpieces from the 15th to the mid- 20th century by artisans from around the globe.

The Soumaya Museum is open everyday from 10:30am to 6:30pm.

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