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By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF

The El Carmen Museum (Museo de El Carmen) in the south of Mexico City reopened to the public on Saturday, May 22, under strict covid-19 safety protocols.

The museum is housed in an old Catholic monetary built by Fray Andrés de San Miguel, an illustrious leader of the Carmelite order and heir to the reform of Santa Teresa de Jesús, which would give birth to the Discalced Carmelites.

The El Carmen school was only for boys.

It had up to 51 students studying scholastic theology at any given time and boasted a famous library made up of more than 12,000 volumes.

After the Catholic Reformation in 1858, the school was closed and the custody of the enclosure passed into the hands of the city council.

Most of the land and the building itself were sold off to individuals, and the section that the municipality conserved was used as a prison, barracks and other minor functions.

In was open as a museum in 1929.

The El Carmen Museum is located in Mexico City’s Colonia San Ángel at Avenida Revolución 4 and 5, in the Álvaro Obregón precinct.

All visitors are expected to wear masks and will have their temperatures checked before entering the premises. Social distancing is also strictly enforced.

A maximum of 150 people are allowed inside the museum at any given time, and only 450 visitors are allowed daily.

The new reduced visiting hours for the museum are from Wednesday to Friday, from 12 noon to 2 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There is an entry fee of 65 pesos, which is waived for Mexicans over 60 years old with INAPAM credentials, teachers and students with valid credentials, and children under 12.

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