Instituto Cultural de Cabanas

#4 in Best Things To Do in Guadalajara
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Calle Cabañas 8, Las Fresas

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Historic Homes/Mansions, Museums, Sightseeing, Tours Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.3

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  • 4.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

The Instituto Cultural de Cabanas is an architectural gem – done up in neoclassical style – that has earned the coveted UNESCO World Heritage site designation. The massive complex, which used to shelter orphans, the elderly and individuals with disabilities, houses everything from several resplendent courtyards to modernist murals by famed artist José Clemente Orozco, as well as works by a handful of other Mexican artists.

Recent travelers can't say enough positive things about the Instituto Cultural de Cabanas, praising its architecture, exhibits and Orozco frescoes. One reviewer suggests taking the time to read the descriptive placards beside the artworks since they were written by Mexican poet and diplomat Octavio Paz.

The Instituto Cultural de Cabanas is open Tuesday through Sunday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Admission is free on Tuesdays, but visits on other days cost 70 Mexican pesos (less than $4) for adults and 20 Mexican pesos (about $1) for children. The admission price will also grant you access to complimentary tours, available in both Spanish and English. You'll find the cultural center just east of the Plaza Tapatia and less than a 10-minute walk from the San Juan de Dios Market. For more information, visit the property's website.

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