Converted from two large apartments, the Museo Casa Ruth Lechuga is a museum documenting the history of Mexican folk art. Ruth Lechuga, who died in 2004, was a doctor but her real passion was the culture of Mexico. She wrote several books about it and made over 20,000 photographs depicting various aspects of Mexico’s folklore.
Visiting the museum is available only by appointment.
19-year-old Ruth came to Mexico in 1939 from Austria. She had no idea of Mexican culture then, but her curiosity quickly brought her to places like both Palacio de Bellas Artes and Indian villages. In 1950 Ruth married Carl Lechuga, who was as much into cultural heritage of Mexico as she. Since then she started documenting her explorations with a camera and establishing the collection.
The museum displays the collection which consists of over 10,000 items including masks, textiles, lacquers, nativity scenes, wickerwork, and many other artworks representing the Mexican folklore. It shows over 50 years of Ruth’s passion for gathering all the exhibits that depicts the daily lives of the indigenous people of Mexico.