The National Museum of Mexican Art (Formerly known as the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum) is a museum which features Mexican, Latino, and Chicano art and culture. The museum was founded in 1982 by Carlos Tortolero and Helen Valdez. Located in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, the current building in Harrison Park opened on March 27, 1987. The museum is the only Latino museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The mission of the museum is to display Mexican culture as one sin fronteras (without borders). The museum describes itself as the largest Latino cultural institution in America.
The museum has a permanent collection featuring prominent works by Mexican artists and artifacts from Mexican history. The permanent exhibit "Mexicanidad: Our Past is Present" explores the history of Mexico in five stages: Pre-Cuauhtémoc Mexico, Colonial Mexico, Mexico from Independence to Revolution, Post-Mexican Revolution to Present-day Mexico and The Mexican Experience in the US.
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Erin Sorellino | Mar 31, 2018
I came to the museum based on recommendation and to check it out for a field trip. Everything the reviews say, is true. The museum is incredible. I loved the temporary exhibit and felt that even middle school students could relate to the meaning and inspiration behind Luis Tapia's sculptures. While reading the reviews, I discovered that they had Day of the Dead events in late October. I cannot wait to come back to experience that with my sons another day.
Gary Sporer | Mar 25, 2018
Great stop near the El in Pilsen district. Ask for an explanation of the giant beadwork mural in the second room. Did I mention, free admission. Great Latin eats in the area also. Interesting gift shop.
David Dolmat | Feb 5, 2018
One of my best memories from my time in Chicago. Easy to get too by public transit or Divvy bike. I enjoyed all the exhibits.
Daniel Fogel | Nov 7, 2017
This place is super cool. I was there for the Day of the Dead exhibit and found the variations of displays from various regions of Mexico to be super interesting. Our guide was well versed in the various regions and was able to add information on not just "what" but also "why" things were done in certain ways. Recommended.
Brock Friedman | Sep 29, 2017
Went as a chaperone on my kids field trip. The art is beautiful and very evocative. Most of it speaks for itself in conveying the many facets of the Mexican experience particularly in regards to the relationship between our two countries. Currently the exhibit for Day of the Dead is on display and it's both moving and educational as well as eye opening. I would give it one more star if they had a room for kids/visitors to eat in as the facilities are limited and you need to go somewhere else for that. On the other hand, they have multiple bathrooms so it was ideal for a school outing. I am not Mexican but I feel I might want to return in a year and see what new exhibitions are on display:)
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