The National Museum of Mexican Art features a diverse selection of Mexican art and cultural artefacts that date back as far as 3,000 years. The museum is free and you should allow about an hour for your visit. Many items in the collection are so highly esteemed that they’ve been displayed in museums around the world.

    With over 10,0000 items in the permanent exhibitions as well as changing temporary displays, you’ll experience the rich diversity of Mexico. You may also attend one of their many public events, such as cultural readings and music, dance, and theatre performances.

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    Highlights of the National Museum of Mexican Art

    Stories told in both English and Spanish lead you through the space and highlight the eclectic culture of Mexican art. Temporary displays have included Dia de Muertos exhibitions, showcases of current Mexican spaces in Chicago, and much more.

    In the Ephemera collection, you’ll find a staggering display of posters and other items highlighting Mexican performances and art exhibitions, the Chicano Movement, and more. The Pre-Cuauhtémoc displays showcase works dating back before the death of the last Aztec ruler, Cuauhtémoc, and offers relics from several ancient Mexican cultures, including Michoacan, Mayan, and Remojadacan. The museum also features drawings and prints, paintings, sculpture, photography, folk art, and textiles.

    Good to know about the National Museum of Mexican Art

    You’ll find the National Museum of Mexican Art located southwest of city centre Chicago at the crossroads of South Damen Avenue and West 19th Street. Tours are offered by appointment, so if you’d like to dive deeper into the history of the exhibits, be sure to call ahead to schedule. Since admission is free, donations are essential to help the museum offer educational events and upgrades to displays.

    If you’re travelling with children, a stop at Harrison Park is a great way to burn off some energy at the large playground or indoor swimming pool. The area also offers a wide array of shopping and dining options.

    National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago

    Location: 1852 W 19th St, Chicago, IL 60608, USA

    Phone: +1 312-738-1503

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