The Museo Rafael Coronel located in the former San Francisco Convent, displays an interesting collection of Mexican folk art, based in the main exhibit called "The Face of Mexico" which consists of more than five thousand Mexican masks. This museum also exhibits a part of the colorful collection of puppets from the Rosette Aranda Company, an interesting exhibition of pre-Columbian pots and vases, various drawings, sketches and architectural projects of Diego Rivera’s, terracotta figurines from colonial Mexico, and other pieces from varying pre-Hispanic, colonial and contemporary times.
Rafael Coronel was born in 1931 in the city of Zacatecas, and abandoned a career in architecture to devote himself entirely to painting. He attended the National School of Plastic Arts of UNAM. In 1944 he painted his first self-portrait, and in 1952 he received the Arts Award from the National Institute of Mexican Youth.
He is considered to be one of the leading definitive representatives of new Mexican expressionism. In 1978, along with his brother Pedro Coronel, he was declared “Hijo Predilecto” meaning “Favorite Son” by the State Government and the Autonomous University of Zacatecas.
In 1990, he gave his collection of Mexican Art to create the Museo Rafael Coronel.
Open from 10:00 to 4:30 - Closed on Wednesdays
Adults and children over 10: $ 30 pesos