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“attend sunday concert at 1pm”

Casa Museo Gene Byron
Ranked #23 of 76 things to do in Guanajuato
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Reviewed 24 January 2016

charming place with concerts and ticket pays for hors d' and wine after the music for 140 pesos each.

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Reviewed 12 December 2015 via mobile

The house and art are definitely worth seeing. The person who showed us around did not attempt to give us much information and only seemed interested in making sure we looked at the clothes she was selling in the gift shop. Her 97 year old husband likes to hang out there and chat with visitors.

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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.

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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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