Calendars are a way of life in Mexico.
Go into many businesses and you’ll find the ubiquitous flip calendar sitting on a counter or a yearly calendar hanging on the wall. You know the ones I’m talking about.
So it should come as no surprise that according to Angel Loyola, Director of the Museum of the Calendar [MUCAL] in Mexico, that Queretaro is home to the only calendar museum in the world.
This might not seem like a must see if you are visiting the area, but trust me… if you don’t put this on your personal calendar you’re going to miss a very important date.
Located in the heart of the historic center of Queretaro, the 2 bucks you’ll pay to get in is worth it just to see the extensively renovated 17th Century facility. Occupying almost half a city block, the old house is loaded with exhibit rooms, exterior courtyards and as peaceful a garden setting as you’ll see in any urban environment. Add in the spectacular views from the quiet roof top terrace and you’ll leave your time there refreshed and ready to confront any challenges you may have to face.
But as great as the building is, it is just the appetizer. The real stars are the calendars and the artwork that made them famous. Showcasing the works of artists like Jesús Helguera and Angel Martin, you see how their art was almost tailor made for calendars.
Meandering through years of history, including a massive replica of the Aztec calendar, allows you a small window into the soul of Mexico through the last two centuries. You’ll see homages to simpler days gone by, the age of industry and of course, the pin up girl as you seek out the calendar of the year you were born.
And then at the end of the day, you can give your feet a rest and grab a coffee, torta or just a snack at the garden cafe. It’s a wonderful way to end a fantastic 2 hours with just a little bit of the history of My Mexico.
Graciously funded by longtime Mexican calendar maker Landin, MUCAL is not to be missed if you are visiting Queretaro. And, as a bonus, if you live in the area, you can have a year long pass by simply registering your name when you enter for the first time. It’s the perfect way to pass an afternoon, have a great cup of coffee or even enjoy a great breakfast buffet on a lazy Sunday morning.
MUCAL… Calle Francisco I. Madero 91, Centro Historico, Querétaro, Mexico.
Cost to enter… 30 pesos, about $2.00 USD. And yes, there are discounts for senior citizens!