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National Museum of Mexican Art

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Neighbourhood: Pilsen
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Address: 1852 West 19th Street, Chicago, IL 60608
Phone Number: +1 312-738-1503
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
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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A great compendium of contemporary and ancient Mexican Art

We had gone on a weekend and spent a lot of time in the special exhibition for the Night of the Dead - commemorated in Mexico with memories, images and articles of people who have... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Fairfax, Virginia
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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had gone on a weekend and spent a lot of time in the special exhibition for the Night of the Dead - commemorated in Mexico with memories, images and articles of people who have passed on. On that day, the offerings are placed in an offerenda and prayers are offered for the dead. The exhibit was packed and showcased... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Chicago has a number of small museums that get overshadowed by the large, well known ones. This is so worth the trip to the Pilsen area. Beautiful museum, nicely organized, and easy to experience. We were there during the Day of the Dead exhibit, which was truly moving. The staff were pleasant and helpful. The gift shop is stocked with... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

This museum is one of my go-to places in Chicago, especially around Day of the Dead. Their special annual exhibit of Ofrendas (Altars) is worth a visit every year. The permanent collection is spectacular and the Gift Shop is one of the best collections of Mexican artisan crafts in the country. If you love Mexico, you'll love this museum.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

We took our 8 year old grand-daughter for the exhibit called Journey of the Soul in celebration of Dia De Los Muertos. It is a very nice exhibit honoring a few special people along with the holiday itself. Also on hand were artists showing and selling some extraordinary art & crafts. Our little one went along with the us but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Excellent Dia de Muertos galery, you can learn about this beautiful tradition in a room full of life and vibrant colors. The other rooms are a plus. It's a small museum but definetely worth a visit. The shop has cool recuerdos and art, typically mexican.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

If you appreciate genuine ART, this is a great place to go. If you are expecting bells and whistles to occupy younger school age children, find somewhere else. I absolutely LOVE this museum. It is not only free, but incorporates lots of treasures from local artists. While I am more fond of the artists from Chicago, they do have collective... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

This is a great spot in Pilsen! It is truly a beautiful community space with a great collection of art. In October, there are breath taking Day of the Dead displays. You must take the Pink line down here and see this great museum. P.S. It's also free! Though I highly recommend a donation. :)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

This is a very good museum on Chicago's near south side Pilsen neighborhood and was larger and more diverse than I expected and best of all it is free. There is a large exhibit space for the permanent collection and two smaller spaces for visiting artwork. About 1/2 of the collection is permanent and I was surprised at the diversity,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

We were so delighted to come across this museum thanks to Trip Advisor reviews. It had quite incredible art works presented in a top quality ambiance. Most importantly, the information next to each piece was complete and interesting. Most of the art had a political slant and it helped me understand much that I never considered. The section on Cesar... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

We loved it! Lots of variety and no shying away from troublesome aspects of the history of Mexicans in the USA. Easy to see everything in a few hours. Free Admission, donations appreciated. Nice gift shop

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