Mexico's cultural landmark protected by Securiton

The museum is named after Soumaya Damit, who died in 1999, and was the wife of the founder of the museum Carlos Slim. The private museum hosts more than 66'000 pieces of art and attracts more than a million visitors every year.


The museum was designed by the Mexican architect Fernando Romero. The new building in Plaza Carso in the Nuevo Polanco district was opened in 2011. The building hosts works from 30 centuries including sculptures from Pre-Hispanic Mesoamerica, 19th- and 20th-century Mexican art and an extensive repertoire of works by European old masters and masters of modern weslern art such as Auguste Rodin, Salvador Dali, Bartatome Esteban Murillo and Tintoretto.

lt is considered one of the most complete collections of its kind. The 46m high six story building is covered by 16'000 hexagonal aluminum tiles. lt was designed by the Mexican architect Fernando Romero in a team with Ove Arup and Frank Gehry. The museum has a narrow entrance that opens into a large white gallery. Several SecuriRAS ASD 535 aspirating smoke detectors protect alt sensitive areas of the museum as well as the large open spaces.

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