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Mexico City street art│© Lydia Carey / Culture Trip
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The Best Art Tours in Mexico City

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Updated: 9 April 2018

Mexico City has a thriving and vibrant art scene: from the great muralists of the 30s and 40s to the surrealist painters that made the city their home to today’s incredible street and graffiti artists. With so much art to see in the city, you’ll be better off using a guide to make sure you see the best of the best.

Street Art Chilango

If street art is your passion, there are several new tours that have popped up in the last few years to showcase the ongoing street art movement that started in the outskirts of Mexico City in the 1990s. Street Art Chilango is a collective of street artists that not only provide Saturday tours to see some of the best murals in the Roma and Condesa neighborhoods, but the group also works with local businesses to create more street art every day.

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Wild street art | © Mark Morgan / Flickr

Stylewalk MX

Take a spin with a knowledgeable guide and see a wide variety of street art styles that include stenciling, wheat paste, and spray paint. Stylewalk MX offers a look at the local street art scene in the capable hands of a local graffiti artist. Plus, at the end of the tour, you’ll be able to participate in creating your own street mural.

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One of Mexico City’s most famous murals at UNAM | © cotaro70s / Flickr

Original Travel

Original Travel creates custom-made art tours for its clients, which can involve anything from a day out exploring the city’s southern suburbs (with a stop at Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul) to touring some of the city’s most iconic murals in the heart of downtown.

 

Tia Stephanie’s Art, Culture & Cuisine

Tia Stephanie’s Art, Culture & Cuisine tour focuses more squarely on Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, their influence, politics, and the era during which they were creating their finest work.

 

Mexico a Pie

Mexico a Pie digs deeper into the mural movement, featuring the work of Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros, three of the biggest names in Mexican muralism.

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Colorful Mexico City street art | © Brett Hodnett / Flickr

Graffiti & Urban Art Bike Tour

To see some great street art while riding through the city on two wheels, try the Graffiti & Urban Art Bike Tour that will take you through the Roma, Condesa, and Colonia Doctores neighborhoods for graffiti-spotting and an introduction to some of the city’s central neighborhoods.

 

Artist Studio Tour

If you want to see what’s happening now in Mexico City, check out the Artist Studio Tour where you can meet with local contemporary artists in their studios, ask questions, and have the chance to purchase their pieces.

 

Emerging Artist

Get another look at some of the up-and-coming artistic talent in CDMX on an Emerging Artist tour where you can visit with local artists and purchase their work at discounted prices.

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Diego Rivera’s mural at the Palacio Nacional | © Graeme Churchard / Flickr

So much more!

Context Travel offers intellectually-minded tours about Frida Kahlo and a look at Mexico City’s downtown area that will take you to some of the city’s most important murals. Looking for something a little more personalized? Tour companies like Journeys Beyond the Surface, Journey Mexico, and Essentialist Travel will design individual itineraries that can cover anything from famous Mexico City architecture to art museums to an intimate look at some of Mexico’s most interesting artists and the landmarks that inspired them.

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A quiet moment at Frida’s Casa Azul | © ღ ℂℏ℟ḯʂ ღ / Flickr