Mucho Mundo Chocolate Museum celebrates the culture and art of chocolate. Situated in a century-old mansion in Mexico City’s historic Colonia Juarez neighborhood, the museum is a passion project of Ana Rita Garcia Lascurain, an architect who has lovingly restored the circa 1909 property. Exhibits at the four-year-old museum trace the history of cacao, whose seeds were so valuable that they were used as currency by the Aztecs, and explain the development of the modern chocolate industry.
You can try your hand at making chocolate using a traditional metate, or grinding stone. Don’t miss the small, fragrant room on the second floor lined with some 3,000 chocolate discs, but save your sampling for the café-shop, which serves chocolate drinks, including one mixed with corn, chile and honey, and all manner of chocolates—the adventurous will want to taste the bar made crunchy by the inclusion of grasshopper parts.
This might finally be the Museum that you will really enjoy!!!!
Another museum caught my eye on Saturday. It is the famous Museum of Torture. Only fitting there is also a Tequila and Mezcal Museum, as well as about a hundred others.
Among the others are:
Soldiers of Mexico
And too many more to mention.
But once in a while, even the most adventurous and outdoor oriented travelers find respite inside the museum walls. Such is the case this morning, more thunderstorms that started last night.
So, we managed to find their national treasure, Museo Nacional de Anthropologia in nearby Chapultepec Park. This museum houses the most comprehensive look into the diverse cultures of pre-Colombian and modern day Mexico. Among the nine “origins” rooms, pre-Colombian cultures include the Olmecs, Teotihuacan, Toltecs, Zapotecs, Oaxacans, Mexica, and the Maya. The centerpiece is dedicated to the Mexica cultures of Tenochtitlan, Tlacopan, and Texcoco in the Valley of Mexico.
The collection dates back to 1790, when the first natural history and anthro museum opened in Mexico City. By 1907, it held over 10, 000 pieces from diverse cultures across Mexico. Surprisingly, I wish we had more time. Please Google this museum if you want to learrn more.
But more fun is on the proverbial horizon. We are headed over to Polanco, a great walking section of the city for another 4 nights. Then the crown jewel of the trip, the first of several dinners with locals, Carlos and Rina. They are taking us to one of their favorite places tonight. Mike and I met them on a Chinese junk on Halong Bay, Vietnam last October. Shades of meeting up similar to Barry the V in Santiago, and Jason and Chun in Langkawi? Probably not.