Tourism for Locals: Discovering the Mexican Museum Within Fort Mason

Fort Mason has more than 49 buildings of historic significance

Museums abound in San Francisco — name it and we'll probably have it. From sex toys to albino alligators, there is no shortage of exhibitions to pique the San San Franciscan's interest . And while some, like the de Young, are more prominent in the local museum scene, San Francisco's smaller museum more than carry their weight in exhibitions and articles on display.  

[jump] One such museum, temporarily nestled within the Nationally Historical Forth Mason Center complex, is dedicated to exhibiting the aesthetic expression of the largest minority group not just in the Golden State but the entire country: El Museo Mexicano.

The Mexican Museum was founded in 1975 by San Francisco-based artist Peter Rodríguez, The museum holds a permanent collection of more than 14,000 objects including: Pre-Hispanic, Colonial, Mexican, Latin American, Latino and Chicano Contemporary art. 

Originally located in the Mission District, in 2001, the Museum was relocated to its current location at Fort Mason Center, Building D, Marina Boulevard  The museum broke ground in early 2013 on their new building which will be located on Mission and 3rd Streets and open to the public in 2018.

For this Spring, the Mexican Museum is displaying an exhibition titled: Maestros: 20th Century Mexican Masters. The immense dispaly with include a dramatic selection of  works from 30 internationally-renowned artists, beginning with the three most influential Mexican artists of the 20th century: Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Jose Clemente Orozco.

These three famed Mexican muralists created allegorical and fantastical depictions of traditional indigenous cultures alongside uplifting and humane characterizations of working class people that were welded with visions of a utopian future under socialism. The purpose of the muralist movement was to create public art that would educate those who were from low-income backgrounds, but also appeal to the aesthetic tastes of those from the higher rungs of the social ladder.

This exhibition will run March 13, 2015 through June 28, 2015. But whether one visits to see the great works of the Mexican Masters or visit to quench the eyes for visual color, just know that this museum is a free gift open for the residents of this beautiful city.

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