I admit it. I DON’T like art.
And that’s coming from New York City where I could see the MoMA, Guggenheim, and Metropolitan all before lunch time.
But when I heard the touring “World of Tim Burton” exhibition was coming to Mexico City, I couldn’t resist.
Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. I can go on for days on the movies he has directed and animated with his own unique macabre charm. Just how would it hold up in an exhibit with over 700 photos, sculptures, and artistic creations? Lets dive in as I break-down my day in The World of Tim Burton.
Mobile-Ticket for the Tim Burton Exhibition
Running from December 6, 2017- April 8, 2018 the world of Tim Burton Exhibit requires tickets to be purchased in advance. The easiest way to do it is online at www.franzmayer.org.mx.
I was surprised the same day that many times were sold out. I went with the 2 pm slot and paid the $330 pesos per ticket ($17 dollars). Afterwards, an email was sent with a mobile ticket to download.
The Creepy Exhibit Entrance
The exhibit takes place at the Franz Mayer Museum. It is located downtown not far from the Palace of Bellas Artes. You can take the metro to the Bella Artes stop to be right next to the Museum.
Upon arrival the festive atmosphere was immediately apparent with some Tim Burton Characters dressed up hanging out not far from the entrance. Some of the fans waiting for the exhibit were also dressed up in Tim Burtonensque fashion. (one girl looked like she was attending a Beetlejuice funeral).
It seems that Tim Burton may have a “touch” more fans than I had expected. Even with a 2pm reservation and a 1:30 pm arrival, I still had to wait in a pretty long line. The good news is that it moved reasonably quick. In fact, by 2 pm I was getting my wristband put on and waiting outside the giant mouth ready to enter. Remember to bring an ID and the credit card you used to purchase the tickets online.
PRO TIP: Despite what the ticket says, you can enter any time during your hour. I would suggest arriving 30 minutes after your time slots start and you will get in without waiting in much of a line. All bets are off if you go on the weekend.
THE EXHIBIT INTERIOR:
So you want the good news or the bad news…
All right pessimists in hitthebarr land. The bad news is they don’t allow any videos or photos inside the exhibition itself (the outside is free game though as you’ll see below). In fact, they had multiple staff wandering around searching for violators. But It was the right decision. With the amount of people being allowed in at once the backlog from IG selfies would have set the exhibit back hours.
Ok, now for the good news:
It was WORTH the wait. Especially if you appreciate Tim Burton’s artistic style and films.
Some of the many highlights inside include:
1) Original sketches of the monster faces used in Beetle Juice during the scare scenes.
2) A letter Tim Burton wrote to Johnny Depp about an interesting line in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
3) Hand-made models of characters from his movies like the Oompa Loompas, the Corpse Bride, and the Emperor in Mars Attacks.
4) Satirical paintings of famous people like Vincent Price and The Ramones.
5) A dark room with a carnivalesque merry-go-round and a wall covered with horror shaped creatures.
as well as many more paintings, drawings, and grotesque sculptures that give a peak into his unique mind.
Just a note: if you enter during peak hours (the afternoon) expect to follow a line to see the pictures and art up close and personal. If you aren’t a diehard fan, I would suggest simply wandering 6-8 feet away from the art to get a solid look without having to wait in an endless line behind others. You’ll only get three seconds to admire the work up-close anyway.
THE OUTDOOR EXHIBIT:
After an hour in the main exhibit, it was time to head outside and see how Tim Burton really took over the ENTIRE museum. The outer courtyard is a sight within itself; a part of an old Spanish colonial building. Everywhere you look you see shapes, creatures, and artwork that are straight from Tim Burton himself.
Perhaps the highlight of the outdoor exhibit: A creature vomiting water into a fountain. It really doesn’t get any better in Tim Burton Land.
Oh, don’t forget to check the upstairs as well. Not only does it give you a birds-eye view of the lower-level exhibit, but adds some unique artwork and paintings.
For those looking for a bite to eat after waiting in line and scouring Tim Burton artifacts for hours: you are in luck. The cafeteria serves an array of baguettes, chips, and other light snacks. The Turkey and cheese sandwich I chose was solid and cost just 55 pesos ($3 dollars).
THE GIFT SHOP:
What is the point of spending hours wandering through the abnormal and odd without getting at least something to bring home to mom??
On the upper level at the end of the displays is a small gift shop. You can spend as little as 40 pesos ($2 dollars) to purchase some really cool postcards with artwork on them.
I left the Tim Burton Exhibition satisfied that I had spent almost two hours entrenched in his world. Seeing how his mind works and the influence he has had on so many films as a director and animator truly is worth the price of admission.
If I had to complain about something, it would be that the main exhibit hall got really packed. If you are to go the first few weeks – I would recommend coming early or later in the day and having a lot of patience if you want to get up close and see each specific piece of art.
What is your favorite Tim Burton Movie and why? Tell me in the comments below.