Explore Mexico City with the Barnes & Thom Collins

The Barnes Foundation invites you to join Thom Collins, executive director and president of the Barnes Foundation, and Dr. Nancy Ireson, deputy director for collections and exhibitions & Gund Family Chief Curator in Mexico City. Mexico City (Ciudad de Mexico) is the capital of Mexico and one of the most important political, cultural, educational, and financial centers in North America. It's the largest city in Mexico and the second most populous city in the world, with over 20 million people.

We will explore the best of Mexico City's museums, artists and private collections. This will include Frida Kahlo Museum, Casa Estudio of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Museo Tamayo arte contemporaneo, Soumaya Museum (Carlos Slim museum), and Jumex Museum. We are excited to explore the practices of several local Mexican artists both established and emerging, including Minerva Cuevas and Betsabee Romero. We will also visit the Artist studios of Damian Ortega and Pedro Reyes. Options include artist Gabriel de la Mora's studio and collector Cesar Cervantes' home, designed by Mexican architect Luis Barragán. 

When our eyes are not being immersed with powerful art, our other senses will be treated by culinary experiences in what is one of the great food cities in the country. We are excited to experience EmiliaEm is the result of the long career and vision of chef Lucho Martínez, whose cuisine focuses on produce and seasonality. Em brings to Mexico City the influence of a diverse range of techniques while using familiar Mexican ingredients in unconventional ways.  We will also visit some of Mexico City's most amazing food markets including Roma Norte and Jamaica Market where we invite you to eat like a local. Plus we will experience lunch in Bosque de Chapultepec.

The St. Regis Mexico City, our accommodation for the week, is a sanctuary in one of the most exciting destinations in the world. Soaring 31 stories above the city bustle, this hotel stands along the tree-lined Paseo de la Reforma bringing elegance into the modern era, elevating an otherwise typical hotel experience to a higher standard that reflects the evolution of this world-famous metropolis. Anticipate refined spaces with nods to the rich local culture of Mexico City, meticulously crafted and brought to life by renowned butler services. Luxuriate with restorative treatments at Remède Spa or lounge by an indoor pool with awe-inspiring views of the city skyline. 

Join us and take a look at Mexico through our eyes. 

Your Barnes contact for this trip is Katie Adams (kadams@barnesfoundation.org or ‭804-241-6022‬, cell phone). Your Artful tour contact is Latasha Thomas (latasha@artfuljaunts.com or 781-658-2270, office phone).

The Barnes Foundation Mexico City experience is priced at $10,954 per person in a double room sharing and $12,406 for a single traveler and includes all transportation, lodging, and specific meals during your trip. This trip is limited to 22 guests and your booking is requested by November 30, 2023. A minimum of 15 guests is required to operate this trip. The trip will start Sunday, February 4th at The St. Regis Mexico City where the group will gather in the lobby to depart together in the afternoon for a private collection visit followed by dinner. The trip will conclude Friday, February 9th with a farewell dinner and departure is Saturday, February 10th at your leisure. Your VIP pass will allow you to return to Zona Maco fair on the weekend.

In the interest of your safety, we ask that you not bring any high value jewelry. 

No refund will be provided for cancellations within sixty days of the trip's start date. If the museum has another patron to fill a spot a substitution will be allowed. After the trip has commenced, no refunds are available, even if the client does not partake in all of the trip's activities or leaves the trip early. We highly recommend the trip insurance offered when booking.

All programming may change and is subject to availability of hosts, collectors and artists.

  • Access to the VIP preview of Zona Maco art fair for its twentieth anniversary.
  • Private visits to studios of prominent Mexican and International Artists, like Damien Ortega, Danh Vo, Pedro Reyes, and Carlos Amorales.
  • Private visits to several collector's homes.
  • An in-depth tour of the major museums, such as Casa Luis Barragán, Museo Jumex and Museo Tamayo, led by curators or local experts.
  • Art insiders will join us throughout the trip.
  • Luxury five-star accommodations at the St. Regis Mexico City.
  • Fine dining in some of the trendiest restaurants of the city.

Image: Fernando Paleta, Mexico City

  • Travel with the Barnes Foundation Director Thom Collins and Curator Nancy Ireson to explore the vibrant art and collections of Mexico City.
  • Enjoy special access to Zona Maco for a full morning at the VIP preview of the fair.
  • Receive a thoughtful introduction to the major cultural institutions in the city, including Museo Nacional de Antropologia, Museo del Templo Mayor, Palacio Nacional Diego Rivera's famous murals, and colegio de San Idefonso to see the very first murals by José Clemente Orozco.
  • Meet prominent Mexican and international artists in their studios and visit the homes of private collectors.
  • Stay in luxury accommodations at The St. Regis Mexico City a 5-star hotel located on the iconic avenue Paseo de la Reforma.
  • Delight in flavorful local cuisine that will showcase fun, trending and award winning locations, and historic Mexico City dining.
  • Shop at The Shops at Down Town, an exclusive shopping area with more than 20 Mexican design stores specializing in fashion, art, culture, gastronomy, and design.
  • Engage with Artful's app providing recommendations for pre-trip reading, including articles on highlighted art programming.

Image: Jorge Flores


  • VIP passes to Zona Maco art fair preview day.
  • All entrance fees, visits, speaker's fees, guided tours, and events outlined in the program.
  • 6 nights in a Grand Deluxe room at the St. Regis Mexico City.
  • Full buffet breakfast daily.
  • 5 lunches, including selected wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • 6 dinners, including selected wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Transportation in a luxury coach as outlined in the program.
  • Private arrival and departure transfers from Benito Juarez  or Toluca airport to/from St. Regis hotel.
  • Security (plain clothes) will travel with the group during the trip.
  • All fees, taxes for goods and services and gratuities for personnel, including hotel, restaurant and drivers.


  • Flights to/from Mexico City are not provided with our programming.
  • Extra room nights. Room extensions and upgrades available by request.
  • Hotel extras (minibar, laundry, telephone, and internet fees)
  • Travel insurance. This may be purchased through Artful at the time of booking.

Image: Angel of Independence Statue in Mexico City

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