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Museo del Estanquillo Review

In Mexico an estanquillo is a small store that sells a wide variety of items. You'll find images of colonial life in New Spain, the Mexican Revolution, political life, and other artifacts that document daily life through history to present times. Photographs of Porfirio Díaz are displayed alongside paintings and small sculptures of the lucha libre wrestlers. Postcards, stamps, and cartoons are also exhibited near lead miniatures that re-create an early-20th-century afternoon in the Santo Domingo plaza. Additionally, this museum houses Carlos Monsiváis's eclectic collection of more than 10,000 unique pieces relating to the history and popular culture of the country, though the whole of his collection cannot all be displayed at once, and is displayed on a rotating basis. One of the best-known journalists and writers in Mexico, Monsiváis, who passed away in 2010, wrote extensively on Mexican history, politics, and popular culture. The museum also has a small library, a store, and a rooftop café.

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