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Mask Museum

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Address: Cuesta de San Jose #32 | Cuesta de San Jose #32, Colonia Azteca San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Phone Number: +52 415 154 4324
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Appreciation for a misunderstood aspect of Mexican culture

A must see to understand the significance of masks to native cultures. The museum and the presentation of it unlocks another layer you may not have otherwise understood unless you... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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pacific grove
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A must see to understand the significance of masks to native cultures. The museum and the presentation of it unlocks another layer you may not have otherwise understood unless you stopped and took a closer looks....The hosts of Casa de la Cuesta should be commended for preserving these masks and sharing them with others!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you're a history or culture geek you could spend all day studying the masks and accompanying documentation. The owner/curator has fortunately published a book containing images and explanatory notes that you can purchase. This was well worth our time finding the place and experiencing this stunning collection. A nice selection of artisanal gift items can also be purchased to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This small museum is the work of decades of research and travel by Bill LaVasseur (who owns the adjacent bed and breakfast with his charming wife, Heidi). He has travelled the country and presents a vast collection of masks (all used in various ceremonies), which are tastefully presented by theme. He has also produced an accompanying book featuring a number... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a tour of this museum and attended a lovely afternoon event here this week. Don't miss a visit here if you enjoy seeing authentic masks and knowing they've all been used as such. Great!

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My friend and I spent a wonderful afternoon at Casa de Cuesta during the Day of the Dead festivities. The B&B is beautiful and filled with art. Heidi gave an interesting talk on the origins and importance of DoD. Bill has a marvelous and extensive mask collection that he has acquired over many years in Mexico. Bill will also arrange... More 

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Alexandria, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The masks came from all over Mexico and about 62 different cultures if I remember correctly. There are many available to purchase. All are authentic and have been worn, No imitations,

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Sacramento, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Masks are a key part of Mexican culture. This collection which is available by appointment is excellent. Visitors can spend time there and get more information and even buy masks from the owner.

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Located behind a bed and breakfast, (looks like a lovely place to stay), the owners did a fantastic talk about the Day of the Dead tradition and history. Ask at the B&B for a tour if ones not scheduled!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

We enjoyed our visit to the Mask Museum. A knowledgeable woman gave a great talk on Day of the Dead altars, she was a great speaker.

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Marietta, GA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

This is a fascinating collection of Masks, all of which have been worn during celebrations. The owner, Bill, has an extensive collection of over 600 of them! They are from different parts and people of Mexico.

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