The Dolores Olmedo Museum occupies what was the building of the Hacienda La Noria, whose origins date from the sixteenth century, although important parts were added to the whole during the 17th, 18th and 20th centuries. The registered information mentions that the original use of this one was agricultural and that was known by the name of Rancho de San Juan La Noria. Highlights the Chapel of San Juan Evangelista Tzomolco , a small building for domestic use, of which only the architectural structure, registered as a historical monument is preserved.
Regarding the history of the place is known to have been occupied by a Xochimilca group he gave the name during pre-Hispanic times Tzomolco, which in Nahuatl means hill that is broken off, assigned according to the presence of small hill at the back of The construction. In the Tzomolco several New Fire ceremonies were conducted, a pre-Hispanic ritual to be held every 52 years that celebrated the rebirth of the sun and life.
As for the hacienda, it was constituted by a series of buildings to carry out different activities: the room, administration, production and instruction; Knowing in general to the set of all these spaces like the helmet of the property.
Dolores Olmedo bought the building almost in ruins in 1962 and founded a great project to convert this space, first in his house and then in a magnificent showcase of Mexican culture. By restoring the hull of the hacienda and recovering much of its original appearance, it was possible to revive another example of classical architecture, which developed during the colonial period. The original construction system with which the hull was built was conserved: roofs of terrado and viguería, mixed walls, floors of brick and brick, flattened in walls and vaults, besides own buttresses of the time, respecting also inside the finished facade doors revoked in quarry.
At present, the hull is surrounded by magnificent gardens that exhibit plant species from Mexico, where different animals such as peacocks, geese, ducks, turkeys and xoloitzcuintles dogs also coexist.
The Museo Dolores Olmedo was inaugurated on September 17, 1994, which is considered to be a world-class cultural and artistic center.