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“Fascinating little private museum”
Review of Mask Museum

Mask Museum
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Ottawa
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27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Fascinating little private museum”
Reviewed April 22, 2012

This museum of masks, collected, curated and displayed by Bill, an individual collector, is amazing. We loved the thoughtful and professional way the masks were displayed, and the information and photos about how they were made and used was thorough and interesting. We spent hours there, and enjoyed it thoroughly. Bill's wife, Heidi, also provided a very interesting introduction to her shop's excellent collection of folk art. Although both Bill and Heidi have items for sale, we felt no pressure to buy anything. They welcomed us to both the museum and the shops, and let us wander through their lovely B&B on our own before leaving. A very worthwhile and stimulating visit. You must call or email to book a visit

Visited April 2012
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eugene,Oregon
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Very interesting.”
Reviewed April 21, 2012

I love the art and the creation of those mask, very colorful. If you enjoy art this is a must see.

Visited April 2012
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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208 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Extremely informative and eye opening!”
Reviewed April 12, 2012

Not only is it a fabulous collection, but the professional way it's done makes it really worthwhile. Get a tour of the bed and breakfast that is associated with this museum as well - Casa de la Cuesta. Bill and Heidi have incredible taste, and the house is just fabulous.A friend of mine stayed there and really loved it. The breakfasts were amazing as well.
2 thumbs up here!

Visited December 2011
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Sacramento, California
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A personal gift”
Reviewed April 10, 2012

I loved the care and attention to detail at the museum. The masks are wonderful, but the stories and the history are amazing and so thought provoking!

Visited January 2012
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San Francisco
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141 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Out of the way, but well worth it”
Reviewed April 10, 2012

This was recommended by a friend and well worth seeking out. It is in an unmarked B&B, and you need to call to make a reservation to be taken through the exhibit. The B&B, as well as the collection, is owned by a retired American couple. The gentleman has been collecting for years and knows the regional indigenous artists and dance ceremonies quite well. His collection has about 500 masks housed in a separate building in the back. He also offers a view of a separate collection that he is willing to sell to the interested and motivated buyer. This enterprise does not appear to contribute to his motivation of operating the museum, which is truly a passionate hobby for him. His wife has a separate gallery of regional crafts for sale as well. The groups of 6-8 people he arranges are small and informal. After a short presentation he leads you through the rooms and answers any questions you might have. The length of the visit depends on the latter. If you are considering buying a mask on your visit, you owe it to yourself to wait until after your visit here. I did not do this and was disappointed since I saw something much better and more authentic there and wished I had waited and not bought at a store in town. Also be sure to look at the displays on the staircases leading up to the courtyards. There are niches with fabulous lit displays of masks. We were able to call and make a reservation for later that same day. That may not always be the case since it would appear he needs to be there for the tour. It is up a steep hill, which can be a hike (but what is not in San Miguel), and above the public market on a residential street.

Visited March 2012
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