We left Merida this morning, headed for Tulum. The halfway point of our trip was Valladolid, and so we stopped here again to eat lunch and visit a museum which has the largest private collection of Mexican folk art in the world. The owners of this museum, which is actually their home, is a married couple who came to Mexico many years ago and decided to spend their lives collecting Mexican folk art and displaying it so that everyone could see it.
They bought a large building, remade it into their home and continued to collect folk art. . Their home is approximately 17,000 square feet, and so they had a lot of art to collect. Their home is opened to the public each day at 10.00am and people are asked to make a donation which all goes to help poor folk in the community. The couple have provided many wheelchairs for the disabled, and pay for hospital care and health care for the elderly. The couple is often seen in their kitchen or pool while guests are wandering around looking at all of the wonderful art. It must be strange when your home is open to visitors all day long while you are just carrying on and living your life. While we were visiting the museum, the owner spoke to us and explained his mission. He said that it is his calling to help people out who cannot help themselves.
We saw some great art, from paintings and drawings to papermache and furniture covered in Mexican paper labels and fringe. Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera were celebrated with rooms of their own and displayed art created by others in their honor. We saw many Day of the Dead art pieces in the museum. The museum was a lovely example of the workmanship and talent so often displayed by the Mexican people in their art work. Because the proceeds of the museum go towards helping members of the local population make the museum even more meaningful and wonderful.