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.
A natatorium (basically a swimming pool inside a building) was constructed here 1914 for the Eastern European community that settled in Pilsen. Seven decades later, the natatorium building was being used by the Chicago Park District to store and repair private boats during the winter months.
In 1987 a group of Chicago Public School teachers and community organizers took over the Harrison Park Boat Craft Shop and opened the National Museum of Mexican Art. The first gallery was took half of the boat storage space and featured the work of Mexican artists and local collectors. The rest of the building was eventually taken over within the following years.