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The Museo Soumaya which is located in Mexico City is a privately owned museum with free admission for tourists and guests. The museum was named after the wife of owner, Carlos Slim, and houses important relics and artworks from the Slim's collection.

The museum itself started its life in 1994 in a renovated paper factory and later re-opened in 2011 under a new building that uses similar elements to an Auguste Rodin sculpture that has a shiny silver cloud-like look. The new building was officially innagurated in February, 2011. The building was designed by Carlos Slim's son-in-law, Mexican architect Fernando Romero. The new Museuo Soumaya building was handled by renowned engineers Ove Arup and Gehry.

The Museo Soumaya features a variety of items that have been collected through the decade by the Slim family. The collected items total to 66,000 different art pieces and artworks including those from notable European artists from various eras ranging from the 15th to the 20th century.

This Mexican museum has also attracted throngs of visitors in the past because of it's extensive and numerous collections of casts of sculptures from renowned sculptor Auguste Rodin. A total of 380 Auguste Rodin sculpture casts can be seen in the musuem. Another set of collection prominently featured in the Museo Soumaya are the coins dating back to the colonial times.

Art afficionados and tourists alike have found various religious artifacts as well as important Mexican historical documents in the museum. The museum also features several artworks done by important artists including Leonardo Da Vinci's Madonna of Yamwinder circle which has seen a market value of over 30 million dollars.

Other artists' works that are housed in the Museo Soumaya include works of Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Other celebrated Mexican artists in the exhibit include Diego Rivera and Ruffino Tamayo.
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