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National Museum of Mexican Art

1852 West 19th Street, Chicago, IL 60608 (Pilsen)
312 738 1503
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Ranked #44 of 305 Attractions in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Enjoy one of the country's largest collections of Mexican art and culture, including a vibrant...
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Attraction details
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Enjoy one of the country's largest collections of Mexican art and culture, including a vibrant textile collection including indigenous outfits and weavings, folk art including masks and Día de los Muertos artifacts and ephemera documenting the Chicano Movement. Open daily 10am-5pm, closed Mondays.

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Chicago, Illinois
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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Haven't been here in some years so because I was babysitting for the whole day, thought it'd be nice to bring the kids with me. The museum is free, but I'd recommend making a donation to the museum. Their exhibits are small but they have so much to share. I'd go online and see a timeline of different events they... More 

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Holland, Michigan
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4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

We saw a nice exhibit about Day of the Dead, and a few general exhibits. The gift store is a fun walk-through too.

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We made a bit of a pilgrimage to get here as its right off the beaten path in relation to most of the tourist attractions in Chicago. Saw the highlight, the Day of the Dead exhibition amongst others in this small museum and was blown away. One particular exhibit about Ignacio, a museum employee,who died at only 57 years old... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Visiting the nationally recognized and community focused National Museum of Mexican Art was a great experience on Dia de los Muertos, November 1st, 2014. I was especially interested in the Museums focus on local artists. Hector Duarte was represented there with an installation work focusing on the disappearance of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa College in Mexico.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
39 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I had heard that this museum was part of Chicago's "off the beaten path" best, and I wanted a more local counterpoint to the Art Institute and MCA. This was all of those things and more! The exhibits are so thoughtfully curated, and the descriptions next to each work are much more in-depth and meaningful than what is at many... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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45 reviews 45 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

This museum is small but is packed with a great assortment of displays. Best part about this place, it's free and there is street parking! If you are in the area don't miss out on this gem. I highly recommend visiting if you have an hour to kill.

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Toronto, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Visited in Sept 2014, two of the 4 exhibits were closed in preparation for the day of the dead in October. It is a very small museum, but it is FREE!!!! and you can't go wrong with free. Local as well as international art on display, really cute gift shop. Not too far from the city centre, although it is... More 

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San Francisco, California
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49 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

If you are interested in Mexican arts, particularly about Mexican experiences in the U.S. then go see the displays. I love it! It's free and easy to get to. Take the metro Pink line to 18th street station. The Museum is a few blocks away on 19th street. It is closed on Mondays.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I liked it a lot, great paint and spectacular item of the "dias de los muertos". Don't miss it, it's a piece of this city's story

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Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This museum is an underappreciated attraction in Chicago. The art is Hispanic in culture, diverse and outstanding. Imagine a large art work composed of tiny beads or an image that looks like a painting composed of bird feathers! Great way to spend a couple hours and located near Nuevo Leon, a landmark Mexican Restaurant on 18th street. Art and lunch....what... More 

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