Cultural Route in San Miguel

By Sandra Rios

We can begin our cultural tour in the Museo Histórico de San Miguel de Allende (Historic Museum of San Miguel de Allende), located next to the Parroquia. This museum was the family home of local hero Ignacio Allende. One area of the building is decorated as a replica of the original house. On display are about 80 items, among which are sixteenth century Mexican coins, antiquities and various historical documents pertaining to San Miguel.

Plaza Principal, Cuna de Allende 1. Opening hours: Tues to Sun 9am-5pm.

Admission: 37 pesos

Casa del Mayorazgo de la Canal, a building from the eighteenth century in the neoclassical architectural style, is another landmark building in this town. It was formerly the home of the prosperous and influential Canal family. Currently it lodges the Centro de Fomento Cultural Banamex, hosting temporary exhibitions, a bookstore and Mexican crafts.

Calle de la Canal 19, Centro. Hours: Mon to Sun 9am-6pm.  Admission: Free

Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramírez “El Nigromante,” better known as Bellas Artes, has belonged to the INBA (National Institute of Fine Arts) since 1962. This one of the most iconic centers of San Miguel, where classes of diverse artistic disciplines are offered. In addition, the Center hosts music concerts, theatrical performances and dance performances. It has two temporary exhibition galleries, a library and an impressive mural by David Alfaro Siqueiros. Founded in the eighteenth century, the building used to be part of the Immaculate Conception convent,.

Hernández Macias 75. Entrance Free.


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