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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 #63 of 367 Attractions in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art 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 textile collection including indigenous outfits and... more » 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. « less
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Toronto, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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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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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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Santa Fe, NM
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23 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

The National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago is the largest museum of Mexican art in the country. There are three galleries within the museum and a gift shop. In the one gallery there was an exhibit called "Sin Fronteras" which was an amazing collection from one collector. The gift shop Tzintzuntzan was quite nice too. If you love Mexican... More

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Santa Cruz, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Off the beaten path. I would plan to spend 1-1 1/2 hours there. The staff is really friendly and the art is so unique.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

I travelled to 16 cities around the US on my trip and visited many art galleries and museums and this was one of my favourites. I am SO glad I decided to take a day trip to Pilsen and this museum. I enjoyed Pilsen so much that I had to spend another day wandering around there before I left Chicago.... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

One of the best museums I've been to. Powerful art that is incredibly well curated. This is a quiet gem in the Pilsen area that is always a memorable experience for me when I visit.

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Fort Gratiot
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

My daughter and I visited the museum during our recent trip to Chicago. First class exhibits! Really enjoyed the Galleria Sin Fronteras exhibit, an outstanding social and political feature- Appreciated the richness of exploration of Mexican history. Took a cab there mostly because we had no idea where we were going but found subway easily accessible to get back into... More

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Minneapolis, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

I can not believe that I grew up in this city and did not see this before. I am definitley coming back again, at least for the amazing pieces in the gift shop.

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