Sunday at the CECUT

 

Sunday is my favorite day of the week.

It always has been. It has the feel of potential. The potential for a nice, relaxing day. The potential of the exciting week ahead. But mostly, the potential to be anything you want it to be. You can stay home and clean up the weeks mess, you can go out and take a long hike in nature, or you can catch a movie and lunch. Or, if you find yourself in or near Tijuana, Mexico, you can head to the CECUT, the Cultural Center of Tijuana.

We love the CECUT (just in case you hadn’t noticed as you read through our posts), but we especially love to visit on Sundays. Why? Because all the museum exhibits are free.

There are a few activities that still charge on Sundays, like the kids craft tables ($1.05 U.S. dollars) and the IMAX theatre ($3.00 U.S. dollars). But the museum exhibits are all open and free to the public.

I love that this free day allows for people of limited means to visit the cultural center and expose themselves and their families to all the wonderful art pieces within its walls. I also love that the free day allows those of us who can pay to come back and visit a favorite piece or exhibit several times- especially with children (and their sometimes limited attention spans).

There are multiple museum exhibits at any given time at the CECUT. Every Sunday there is also a free presentation of “Historias de Quijote” (funny, adult and child friendly and interactive storytelling of Don Quixote). If you have children with you, they can also attend a special craft making workshop held every Sunday (topics change weekly). We have discussed many of the options at CECUT on our “Let’s Enjoy Tijuana” post.

On this particular Sunday we spent a few hours walking through multiple exhibits, discussing what we were observing, and having a fun family day. I hope the pictures entice you to come to Tijuana and enjoy this gem for yourselves.

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“Mujeres Calavera”, by: Humberto Fierro Gomez

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“Arbol de la vida con Calaveras”, by: Oscar Soteno Elias. An amazing piece with so much to discover within it

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This piece of art is the perfect example of why you need to come and visit this exhibit in person. The attention and detail in each section is fabulous and can be appreciated so much better in person than through a picture

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“Coyote Mahual” (Oaxaca), by: Manuel Jimenez Ramirez

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This mask actually consists of hundreds of small, colorful beads sewn onto the mask. The skill is amazing!

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Arte Otomi

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Click on this image, look at the miniscule attention to detail, and be mesmerized

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“Catedral”, by: Jorge Rosano

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This piece of art is made with paper and the artist uses several layers of carefully cut paper in order to create this stunning visual effect

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Made with metalized paper, textiles, and laminated wood materials. The detail is impressive and beautiful

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The dolls are made out of corn husks. It is cut and shaped into whatever pattern the artists wants to use and, if needed, colored with natural dyes

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This open space can be found right outside of El Cubo/ The Cube exhibit halls. It is a great space to unwind between exhibits or to let the kids burn off some energy if needed. Adjacent to the photographed space is the CECUT book store.

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“El martirio de san Adrian”, by: Lambert Lombard (1530) Mackenzie was very impressed with this piece, it sparks many great questions on her part

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“La Virgen con el Nino”

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I explained the concept and use of the corset… my kid is NOT a fan

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I love the CECUT book store. I find their selection wide and priced right, and the books are known titles that I know kids love. Best part: they are all in Spanish!

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$150.00 M.N. pesos ($9.38 U.S. dollars) for this book. I love that there are different reading levels for kids to choose from

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Take a walk around the CECUT, art is everywhere!

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At the Museo de las Americas exhibit space you can find the rendering of our local history

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Mision de San Ignacio Kadakaaman. Founded in 1728 by Jesuit priests. It was one of the most prosperous mission, cattle was raised, irrigation channels built, and grapes were grown. Operated until 1840.

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“Guadalupana”

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Homes of the native inhabitants of the Colorado river delta and the Sierra: the Cucapa, Yuma, and the Kumiai

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There is a large Chinese population in the northern part of Baja and the museum does a good job at introducing the visitor to their background in the area. Pictures is a cross made out of old Chinese coins

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A replica of the Caliente complex fountain

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A Sunday spent visiting the CECUT complex and its many exhibit halls is much more than a fun afternoon, it’s a history lesson coming alive. So take the time to come to Tijuana and discover this amazing space and everything that it has to offer. You won’t want to leave!

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