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National Museum of Mexican Art

Neighborhood: Pilsen
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Address: 1852 West 19th Street, Chicago, IL 60608
Phone Number: 312 738 1503
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Enjoy one of the country's largest collections of Mexican art and culture,...

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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Located in the Pilsen neighborhood, accessible by train (came in from the loop area, ride about 20 minutes). What a job to have a museum like this. During my visit, one of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Judy G
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Los Angeles, California, United States

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located in the Pilsen neighborhood, accessible by train (came in from the loop area, ride about 20 minutes). What a job to have a museum like this. During my visit, one of the galleries was closed which was a bit of a dissapointment, the museum isn't huge, if I remember correctly its about 4 galleries plus the store. Store has... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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40 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

I have been to this museum a few times and have always been really impressed with the exhibits. I've seen photography, paintings, textile collections and displays dedicated portraits of Frida Kahlo and to Día de Muertos. It is a little off the beaten tourist track, but it's worth taking the time to get there if you have it.

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Indianapolis
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26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

You will be surprised by the beautiful contemporary building that stands in sharp contrast to the residences and establishments in this old Chicago neighborhood. The museum has a very attractive, well-lit interior. It is free of admission charge, though donations are welcomed. The gift store is a fun place to explore with unusual items that you might find only on... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

I'm from England and I did not know what to make of Chicago at first. All the skycrapers were impressive, but I can get Starbucks and Pret at home. So I went to Pilsen and had a look round. It was very interesting - the mix of South American and North American cultures is (obviously) not found in Europe. The... More 

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Providence, RI, USA
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76 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

A nice sized museum which has both a small permanent collection and rotating exhibits. The temporary exhibit we saw was about Day of the Dead which was excellent, both informative and moving. Worth checking out what the changing exhibit is before you go. Admission is free. Nice gift shop.

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Detroit, Michigan
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248 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015 via mobile

This little museum, outside of Chicago a good ways, is a must see. Especially for our family, who is 100% Mexican. Street parking is the only drawback. But don't let that put you off. It's 3 hrs. free, no meters. There is a nice size gift shop. Museum entry is free. There are 4 exhibit rooms, 3 of which are... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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36 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

This is a small museum which use to feel more off the beaten track, however the area is becoming more gentrified and is in reality pretty close to downtown. Easy parking on side streets. Loved the La Muerte Niña: Day of the Dead exhibition. Absolutely worth checking out. It's free and has a lovely little gift shop. A very nice... More 

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Point Clare
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

I caught the pink line to Pilsen specifically to visit this museum and I wasn't disappointed. It's beautifully curated and The Day of the Dead exhibition was particularly impressive. Pilsen is a great neighborhood to walk around with plenty of street murals - well worth a visit.

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Visalia, California
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265 reviews
97 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015 via mobile

I was not so impressed with this museum, specially some of the photography exhibit, not so much art to actually see, maybe I was expecting more, I did enjoy it and actually for being free is reasonable! I just really wish there was more Mexican art and history! I guess if you have the time and you want to learn... More 

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Michigan
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104 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Beautifully laid out gallery space. We saw a Day of Dead exhibit as well as the permanent collect. I did not at all expect to spend as much time as we did (about 90 minutes). Definitely worth seeing. A bit out of the way, but we were able to find on street parking. Museum is free. We walked around the... More 

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