The town of San Pablo Tepetlapa –which means “town of stones in disarray”– is one of the most ancient in Coyoacán. It was established along one of the strips of lava originating from the eruption of the Xitle volcano, and its artisans worked the stone.
Despite the expansion of the city starting in the 1940s, San Pablo Tepetlapa continues to be one of the five towns that is proudly preserved in Coyoacán.
When the Museo Anahuacalli was inaugurated in 1964, one arrived by foot on the road to a San Pablo Tepetlapa; today, this path is followed by Museo Street. Since its opening, the Anahuacalli has encouraged the people of this community to celebrate festivals and traditions in the Museum bequeathed to us by Diego Rivera.
The other neighborhoods that surround the Anahuacalli and that likewise form an essential part of the Museum community are El Reloj, La Candelaria, Ruíz Cortines, Santa Úrsula, Díaz Ordaz and El Rosario. Generating bonds with their inhabitants through cultural programming forms an important part of the Museum mission.