National Museum of Mexican Art

1852 W 19th St Chicago

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National Museum of Mexican Art

The Pilsen neighborhood in Chicago was historically a neighborhood populated by Czech immigrants. Today, Pilsen is a flourishing neighborhood for Mexican Americans arriving to the city of Chicago. Anchoring this neighborhood on Harrison Park is the National Museum of Mexican Art. Founded in 1982, this museum is often described as the "largest Latino institution" and showcases 3,000 years of Mexican history through art and artifacts.

Wander the halls of this dynamic museum, and you’ll find a collection of more than 10,000 works that bring to life the richness of Mexican art and culture. Look for special cultural performances that include dance, music and theater.


The main exhibit is titled "Mexican Art through the Ages" and includes art from all major 5 historical periods in Mexican history (Pre-Cuauhtémoc Mexico, Colonial Mexico, Mexico from Independence to Revolution, Post-Mexican Revolution to Present-day Mexico and The Mexican Experience in the US).

Other Activities

The museum shares the spirit and liveliness of Mexican culture through programming as well. You can find many festivals, cultural programs, dance and music showcases on the museum's calendar. Two of the most popular festivals include: Del Corazon: the Mexican Performing Arts Festival and the Sor Juana Festival, dedicated to an important Mexicana scholar.

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National Museum of Mexican Art

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