Mexic-Arte Museum in downtown Austin showcases contemporary Mexican and Latino art and educates visitors through a variety of educational and hands-on programming. The small, nonprofit museum is one of the few in the country with a focus on emerging artists from Texas, the Southwest, and Latin America.
The 20,000-square-foot Mexic-Arte Museum includes two small galleries on the ground floor with rotating exhibits designed to present diverse artistic viewpoints through multimedia works, sculptures, paintings, and photographs. The museum also celebrates culturally important holidays, such as Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). During the yearly festival, a variety of ofrendas (or altars) created by artists or community groups in memory of loved ones are on display.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Mexic-Arte Museum is a worthwhile stop for anyone interested in art and Chicano or Latino culture.
There is a small admission fee with discounts for senior citizens, students, and children 12 and under.
The on-site gift shop sells artwork and one-of-a-kind Austin souvenirs.
Food, drinks, and backpacks are not allowed in the museum galleries.
How to Get There
The Mexic-Arte Museum is at Congress Avenue and Fifth Street in downtown Austin, approximately six blocks south of the Texas Capitol Building and seven blocks west of I-35, the main thoroughfare to downtown. Metered street parking is available near the museum, and there are paid parking garages nearby. If you take the Capital Metro bus, the nearest stop is Lavaca and 4th streets.
When to Get There
The museum is open daily. Check the website for hours and upcoming exhibitions, and note that there may be closures due to transitions between exhibits. For the Día de los Muertos exhibits, visit in fall, from mid-September through November.
Día de los Muertos
Day of the Dead in Austin is a citywide celebration that coincides with All Saints’ Day (traditionally celebrated between Nov. 1 and 2). The Mexic-Arte Museum and other cultural groups host the Viva la Vida parade, concerts, and family-friendly activities, from making altars to decorating sugar skulls. Visitors are encouraged to dress up, paint their faces like calaveras (skulls), and partake in this happy tradition of remembering loved ones who have passed away.