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National Museum of Mexican Art
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Come to The National Museum of Mexican Art, where you can immerse yourself in the richness of Mexican art and culture right here in Chicago. We showcase 3,000 years of creativity from both sides of the border, connecting museum visitors to the diversity of Mexican culture. Whatever your background, you’ll connect to this museum on a very personal level.

Adrian Lozano created the first Mexican mural in Chicago at age 20. Progress of Mexico was painted inside the Benito Juarez Club room at Hull House in 1941. Eventually he became an architect and in the 1980s designed a Mayan inspired arch at the entrance to the new museum in Pilsen. This iconic arch marked the Mexican institution for about 20 years until a renovation of the Courtyard area in 2008.

Additionally Lozano and Associates Architects designed the most important Museum renovation and expansion in 2000-2001 when he added the Oaxacan motif from the archeological Zapotec site of Mitla around the entire building. This expansion took the museum from a 15,000 square foot boathouse building to a state of the art 48,000 square foot museum facility. The original 1914 natatorium structures currently include the museum store, Torres Gallery and the west wing performance space.

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