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Arocena Museum

Torreón

Although there are several interesting museums to visit, none compares in beauty to the Arocena building site in the old Casino de la Laguna.

The obelisk on the sidewalk indicating the entrance to the site and the facade that was restored, is now covered with laminated zinc to give it a much more modern shape emulating a bit of Frank Gehry's style. In recent times it was transformed into a cultural house, when the old Chinese Bank, now the Russek building, was annexed to this place.

The history of the neoclassical building per se is very interesting, since it was built under the direction of the French architect Louis Channel, being inaugurated two months before the beginning of the revolutionary movement in Mexico. During the Porfiriato, it was the favorite meeting place to do business, although it later got abandoned.

The site has a very eclectic collection of around 300 objects of European and religious viceroyalty art initiated by Rafael Arocena, who was one of the most important landowners in Torreón when the cotton plantations were beginning to develop, which grew over a hundred years and three generations of this family.

Throughout five thousand square meters (54000 square feet), there are four rooms, one dedicated to contemporary art, another one focused on European art, one more on the art of the New Spain and the last one based on the regional history. Due to its variety, this is one of the most important specialized collections in this field in the country.

Although there are several interesting museums to visit, none compares in beauty to the Arocena building site in the old Casino de la Laguna.

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The obelisk on the sidewalk indicating the entrance to the site and the facade that was restored, is now covered with laminated zinc to give it a much more modern shape emulating a bit of Frank Gehry's style. In recent times it was transformed into a cultural house, when the old Chinese Bank, now the Russek building, was annexed to this place.

The history of the neoclassical building per se is very interesting, since it was built under the direction of the French architect Louis Channel, being inaugurated two months before the beginning of the revolutionary movement in Mexico. During the Porfiriato, it was the favorite meeting place to do business, although it later got abandoned.

The site has a very eclectic collection of around 300 objects of European and religious viceroyalty art initiated by Rafael Arocena, who was one of the most important landowners in Torreón when the cotton plantations were beginning to develop, which grew over a hundred years and three generations of this family.

Throughout five thousand square meters (54000 square feet), there are four rooms, one dedicated to contemporary art, another one focused on European art, one more on the art of the New Spain and the last one based on the regional history. Due to its variety, this is one of the most important specialized collections in this field in the country.

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