FAQs

Where are you located? Where is Pilsen in relation to downtown Chicago?

The National Museum of Mexican Art is located in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood just south and west of Chicago’s downtown.  We are easily accessible by car and public transportation. There is much to see in this area of the city and we encourage you to plan an afternoon sightseeing and shopping (or eating) after visiting the Museum.

Our address is:

National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 West 19th Street
Chicago, IL 60608

Phone:             312-738-1503

What are your hours?

Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

We are closed on Mondays and on major holidays

What is admission to the Museum?

Free! Admission is always free to the Museum.  We rely on the support of generous donors to help us keep our doors open and accessible to all visitors regardless of their ability to pay.

What is the best way to get to the Museum?

We have plenty of options including public transportation and driving.  See below for directions.

How much time should I plan to spend at the Museum?

We suggest at least an hour to get through all four galleries.

Can we buy something to eat or drink?

We do not have food or drinks at the Museum and none are allowed in the galleries, but we can direct you to some wonderful Pilsen stores and restaurants.  And, we do have drinking fountains.

Can I arrange for a private tour? 

Yes!  But, we need advance notice to schedule something. Please call us at 312-738-1503 for information on scheduling your tour.  Tours are available in Spanish and English.

Are you accessible?

Our facility is wheelchair accessible and all of our galleries and our shop is located on the main floor.

Are there dates when some of the galleries are closed?

We do have to close galleries in between exhibitions.  This occurs a few times per year including in mid-December when our Day of the Dead exhibition closes.  Call us or visit our website for information on current exhibitions and gallery closings.

Directions to the Museum:

Getting Here by Train or Bus?
Go green with the CTA, and reach us by one of these routes:
Pink Line train to the Damen stop or 18th Street stop
Number 50 Damen bus to 19th Street
Number 9 Ashland bus to 18th Street

Getting Here by Car?
Street parking is available. Please check signs for restrictions during certain hours or on street cleaning and snow removal days.

From the north and east:
Take I-94 east
Take exit 52A for Taylor Street toward Roosevelt Road
Turn west onto Taylor Street
Turn south onto Halsted Street
Turn west onto 18th Street

Turn south onto Wood Street
Turn west onto 19th Street

From the south:
Take I-94 west
Take Exit 53B to I-55 South (Stevenson Expressway) toward St. Louis
Take Exit 290 for Damen Avenue.
Turn north on Damen Avenue
Turn east onto 18th Street
Turn south onto Wood Street
Turn west onto 19th Street

From the west:
Take I-290 east
Take Exit 28A for Damen Avenue
Turn south on Damen Avenue
Turn east onto 18th Street
Turn south onto Wood Street
Turn west onto 19th Street

We look forward to seeing you!

The National Museum of Mexican Art is located on Chicago’s South Side in the Pilsen neighborhood. Pilsen’s ethnic heritage and diversity exemplify Chicago’s cultural richness. Bring your friends and family and make a day of it. After visiting the museum, enjoy a great meal at one of the many restaurants within walking distance.

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