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The National Museum of Mexican Art is an art museum located in Chicago?s Pilsen area. The museum, which was formerly known as the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, aims to display Mexican culture and artistry to the general public as well as show that the art of Latinos can be classified or seen as ?without borders?.

The National Museum of Mexican Art was founded in 1982 by Carlos Tortolero. Visitors can check the museum in it?s current location in Harrison Park where it has stayed since 1987. The National Museum of Mexican Art has a rotating set of exhibits with a few permanent collections on display. The permanent collections housed in the museum feature works by prominent Mexican arts. Tourists would also see some artifacts that have close historic ties to the history of Mexico.

Visitors can learn more about the history and culture of Mexico through the permanent exhibit which is entitled ?Mexicanidad: Our Past is Present?. The exhibit takes viewers through five stages of Mexico?s history including from Pre-Cuauhtemoc Mexico all the way down to the Present-day Mexico.

During Octobers, the National Museum of Mexican Art holds the annual Dia de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead exhibit featuring artworks related to the event together with altars that are usually used during this traditional celebration. The museum?s celebration is the largest celebration of Dia de los Muertos within the United States.

Other events and activities sponsored by the museum includes the Del Corazon Festival which celebrates the Mexican Performing Arts and the Sor Juana Festival which is an exhibit and event dedicated to Mexican scholar Sor Juana.

The National Museum of Mexican Art also holds the distinct title of being the only Latino museum that is recognized by the renowned American Association of Museums within the United States. The official shift from the former name to the museum?s new name happened in December 2006.
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