The Mexic-Arte Museum was founded as a non-profit in 1984 by local artists of Mexican heritage, though its activities began the year before with the Mexican Day of the Dead festival. Located in downtown Austin just blocks from the State Capitol building, the Museum is the official Mexican and Mexican-American museum of the state of Texas. It may be the most complete museum on the subject in the country, because of the state’s proximity to and long-shared cultural identity with Mexico.
In 1988 the Museum settled at its current home on Congress Avenue, where around 75,000 people now visit annually. With a strong focus on contemporary artists of Mexican heritage, the Museum also plays a large role in the organization of traditional Mexican celebrations in the Austin area (the Day of the Dead still being its most popular). There is also a strong educational element to the Museum’s efforts; a busy program of lectures, workshops and classes aims to foster a greater knowledge of and appreciation for Mexican culture in the region.
Mexic-Arte Museum Information
- Public Transportation: Fair
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 am-6 pm; Friday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm; Sunday, noon-5 pm
- Admission: Adults, $5; Seniors/Students, $4; Children 12 & under, $1; Members, free
- Tours: Guided group tours of specific exhibitions are available by request, for $1 off the price of admission per group member.
- Membership: Individual membership is $35 annually ($60 dual membership, $75 families); benefits include free admission to exhibitions, exhibition previews, Museum Store discount, and e-newsletter subscription; ‘Accion Arte’ membership ($75) includes all member benefits plus admission to all Accion Arte events (including readings, lectures, tours and films).