The Museum of Contemporary Art (MACO)

The building that houses the museum is commonly known as the House of Cortés, although the conquistador Hernán Cortés (the Marqués del Valle de Oaxaca) could never have seen the house, which dates from the end of the seventeenth and the beginnings of the eighteenth century. This building is one of the most significant examples of viceregal civic architecture in Oaxaca. In spite of alterations made in the twentieth century it keeps to its original layout on the ground floor with rooms set around three indoor patios.

The design of the building is tailored to meet the demands imposed by the traditions of Oaxacan high society. It exhibits the influence of Andalusian houses, prevalent among the residences built by the descendants of the conquerors, and later by many other prominent personages from Mexican high society throughout the colonial period. One of the important architectural elements of the house is the sculpted stonework of the facade, especially over the main entryway.

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MACO)

How To Get
It is located in a colonial building 3 blocks north of the Central Plaza (Zócalo) on Calle de Alcalá No. 202.

General admission $___ pesos
Contact: Calle Macedonio Alcalá 202, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca, Oax Tel:(951) 514 1055

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