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The world's richest man owns this magnificent museum

Last updated on: June 20, 2011 11:16 IST

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Carlos Slim, the world's richest man has opened one of the most amazing museums. Mexican billionaire Slim is the chairman and chief executive of telecommunications companies, Telmex and America Movil.

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Image: Soumaya Museum.

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Soumaya Museum is an aluminum-plated architectural wonder in Mexico that cost a whopping $34 million.

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Image: Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez (L) and Carlos Slim (C) at Soumaya museum.
Photographs: Reuters.
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The Soumaya Museum has a splendid art exhibits from Carlos Slim's personal collection.

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Image: Exhibits at the Soumaya Museum.
Photographs: Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters.
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Over 6,200 artworks by Mexican artists like Diego Rivera and masterpices from Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, are beautifully showcased in the grand 60,000 square feet space.

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Image: Salvador Dali's sculpture Triumph Elephant stands outside the Soumaya Museum.

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The museum will be home to one of the world's most important collections of Auguste Rodin's sculptures and also prominently displays works by Mexican muralists Rufino Tamayo and Diego Rivera.

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Image: People walk outside the museum.
Photographs: Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters.
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The museum was built in the memory of his wife, Soumaya Domit, who died in 1999.

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Image: Interior view of the museum.

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The architect of the 150-foot-tall building museum is Carlos Slim's son-in-law Fernando Romero.

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Image: People walk outside the Soumaya Museum in Mexico City.
Photographs: Reuters.
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There is no entry fee to visit the museum.

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Image: Interior view of the museum.

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People sit near Auguste Rodin's sculpture The Thinker at the Soumaya Museum.

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Image: Reuters.

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The interior view of the museum.

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Image: Interior view.

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The museum with 16,000 hexagonal aluminum plates is designed to reflect sunlight.


Image: Interior view of the museum.

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