Hidden inside Washington’s embassies: A world of fun (and free) stuff to do


“From 1921 to 1989, the Embassy of Mexico occupied a landmark Beaux-Arts mansion on 16th Street NW, just north of Meridian Hill Park. When it moved to a building in the West End, it converted its historical home into the Mexican Cultural Institute, preserving the epic and colorful mural painted by Roberto Cueva del Río.

The busy calendar of events includes concerts on the first Thursday of the month; movie screenings; seminars with Mexican artists and musicians; and contemporary art exhibitions, which are on display Monday through Saturday. The current Voice Array by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, is a companion piece to his Pulse installation at the Hirshhorn, and is on display until Jan. 31. All of the events are free, except for the cooking classes and dinners taught by James Beard Award-winning chef Pati Jinich, which cost $115 for a series of four and sell out quickly. “

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