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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
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+52 415 154 4324
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Unique glimpse at local Mexican cultures

If you're interested in learning about local cultures, the Mask Museum is something you can't miss while in San Miguel de Allende. Bill, the owner, shows off his private... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're interested in learning about local cultures, the Mask Museum is something you can't miss while in San Miguel de Allende. Bill, the owner, shows off his private collection of local indigenous masks in a museum of his own making. He'll be the first to tell you that he doesn't have formal academic training in anthropology, but you'll leave... More 

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San Miguel de Allende
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Mask Museum with my aunt and uncle and we all loved it. There are hundreds of examples of ceremonial masks from all over Mexico. All have been danced in and there are several video stations throughout the museum in which to view the masks in action. The displays are beautiful, informative and educational. If you're in San... More 

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Langley City, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The house is a interesting as the Mask Museum. The house on the hill. Mask are all authentic and the guide.Bill is an amateur with a very dry sense of humour. Don't be late or you'll get roasted. He is passionate about the masks and indiginous cultures. Lots to see and learn here. Will return on my next visit to... More 

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Napa, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I were intrigued with the mask museum. Many many masks on display with a ton of info related to each mask, i.e., location, which festival the mask was danced in, the meaning of the mask, etc. I don't think anything like it exists outside a national museum. However, in the separate section for the masks for sale--a... More 

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Bill is an amazing guy. Try to prepare your homework in advance in order to get the most out of this visit. He has a wealth of information on everything related to Mexico's indigenous population and is more than happy to share his knowledge with you. The house itself is magnificent - each corner a piece of art - and... More 

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Mask Museum is in a B&B and requires an appointment but it is worth the trip up Homobono. Once in you can browse to your heart's content. The owner sells authentic masks if you want one. He knows a lot about the mask culture in Mexico.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

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 14 November 2016

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 13 November 2016

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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Salmon Arm, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

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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