Today, Frida Kahlo's life is nearly as famous as her art. Crippled in a horrific bus crash as a teenager and then married to the philandering muralist Diego Rivera (who even bedded Kahlo's sister), she has become a symbol, for many, of triumph over pain, and the healing power of art. For her fans—and they are legion—visiting the house where Frida Kahlo was born and died—popularly known as the "blue house" for its intense azure paint job—is as much a pilgrimage as it is a museum visit.  So it's appropriate that the house has been impeccably preserved.  

Artifacts, such as the artificial leg she wore through much of her life, sit in corners here and there throughout the house and give the air of Kahlo’s presence. Excerpts from her poetry that capture the pain of loving Diego Rivera are painted on the walls as are half-finished portraits of her family members. The museum, located in the suburb of Coyoacán, also boasts impressive examples of Kahlo’s works. The private courtyard has a small area with videos of the history of art in Mexico, a café, and a gift shop with everything Frida.