It was founded by Mr. Manuel Espinosa Yglesias and his daughter Ángeles Espinosa Yglesias Rugarcía in 1991. His commitment is the integral diffusion of pre-Hispanic, viceregal, modern and contemporary Mexican art. It has a collection of more than 1,700 pieces of pre-Hispanic art and is considered the most important collection that houses a private museum in Mexico; It also houses more than 1,300 works of art from the Viceroyalty and from the 19th and 20th centuries.
The headquarters of the Amparo Museum is located in the Historic Center of the city of Puebla, housed in an extraordinary viceregal building that was originally the Hospital of San Juan de Letrán, erected in 1538. For the foundation of the Amparo Museum, these buildings were restored and unified with an architectural rescue project under the direction of architect Pedro Ramírez Vázquez.
Recently, the Amparo Museum celebrated its twentieth anniversary with a contest for architectural, museographic and pedagogical updating, from which the proposal proposed by TEN Arquitectos was selected, headed by Enrique Norten. The update is intended to meet the cultural demands of contemporary society and offer a new experience to its audience.
Today, the richness of the experience of visiting the museum's collections is complemented by temporary exhibitions of global quality. In addition to this, the Amparo Museum offers playful, creative, educational and research activities.