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“Small but fascinating”

Casa Museo Gene Byron
Ranked #23 of 76 things to do in Guanajuato
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Reviewed 25 November 2015

All the work produced by Gene Byron is impressive, from lanterns to art and furnishings, What made our visit special however was the chance to talk to her 96-year-old husband, a Spanish doctor who lived a fascinating life, from being active in the Spanish Civil War where he knew Norman Bethune and Hemingway to working in Chiapas.

5  Thank Masca
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Reviewed 26 August 2015

This house museum is a favorite of mine. Located among a string of old silver ore processing haciendas, this 17th century property was purchased in 1954 by Gene Byron, and her husband Dr. Virgilio Fernandez. Hernandez was a Spanish pediatrician. The Canadian Byron was born in 1910, and came to Mexico for the first time in 1942. Her background was in acting and she was also a painter and designer of ceramics and metalwork. She died in 1987 at the age of 77.

Together they restored the long spacious main building, which lacked any roof when they bought it. Today it is still full of their furniture and her paintings. The light fixtures and other metal accessories are also by her. The place exudes a detailed sense of what life was like for northerners in Mexico at the mid twentieth century. Byron ran what would be called a salon, where writers and painters of the period gathered for parties. Today the second floor functions as a concert hall with musical events every Sunday.

On coming in I was fortunate to meet Dr. Fernandez himself, now 97 but still quite sharp, and we had a wonderful conversation about the old times. On his death the property will go to the University of Guanajuato. This is truly a unique experience for those interested in Canadian and American relations with Mexico from a disappearing time. Our guide was extremely helpful and well informed.

John Scherber
Author of Into the Heart of Mexico

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Reviewed 1 March 2015

Maybe if the staff person who showed us around would have been interested in providing some information, giving us some time to view the art and artifacts, we would have enjoyed it more. This site is out of the way, and in a city of many cultural sites, it is probably not worth your time.

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Reviewed 23 January 2015

She was my mothers friend and I always enjoyed her kindness. What she created was a world of beauty for all to share. Enjoy!

6  Thank Xiquena
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Reviewed 2 December 2014

A must visit if going to Guanajuato. Although it is a bit outside the Center it was really quite amazing. The property is unique with amazing art wall to wall to ceiling to floor and one of a kind furniture. A restaurant is being built and the bathroom facilities were clean. Truly a paradise for musicians and artists. They allow musicians to bring their own instruments and practice at the location and we were treated to a guitarist playing as well as a piano, clarinet, and violin trio. (We were told the three are members of the symphonic orchestra). We were told that concerts are held every Sunday and we would have loved to see one. Our own personal tour guide who told us about Gene Byron and her husband who is still alive today. We spend about 2 hours exploring the property, listening to our tour guide about the life of Gene Byron and her husband Dr. Virgil Fernández and listening to musicians rehearsing/practicing, A MUST visit :)

5  Thank MarshaMcCullough
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