After his first trip to Mexico in 1954, San Francisco artist Peter Rodriguez envisioned an institution to be created in the United States that would exhibit the aesthetic expression of the Mexican people. The Mexican Museum was established in 1975 and has since expanded to include the arts of Latino cultures throughout the Americas.
The Mexican Museum will maintain its name. Through its programs, the museum reflects the full scope of the meaning of the word Mexican -- mixture, complexity, and intersection of cultures and influences. The museum has a long history of collecting art and presenting programs that focus on Latino cultures in the Americas, and continues to do so today.
The Mexican Museum has a permanent collection of over 14,000 objects (paintings, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, prints, photographs, mixed-media works) including Pre-Hispanic, Colonial, Popular, Modern and Contemporary Mexican and Latino, and Chicano Art. Given the size of the collection, it would be impossible to exhibit the entire collection at any one time, but when we move into our permanent home we will have the capacity to present portions of the collection on an increased level.
We are currently engaged in complex negotiations with the City and County of San Francisco, Millennium Partners, and all the parties involved in the vicinity of the new site. The beginning of construction will be announced on this website or you can contact The Mexican Museum for the most current information.
Our exhibition space will increase significantly. We will enlarge the collection holding area for the permanent collection and our home will be centrally located in downtown San Francisco's Yerba Buena arts district which is home to a number of other musuems large and small. This will allow for easy access to the museum via public transportation as well expand our audience size with Bay Area residents and visitors alike.
The Mexican Museum is an institution like no other in the following ways:
Our schedule of educational and public programs continues to explore the complexity of Mexican and Latino arts and cultures. See the calendar section for more details.