Located in an eighteenth-century building facing onto the Plaza de la Santa Veracruz, the Franz Mayer Museum houses the finest collection of decorative arts in Mexico and presents temporary exhibitions of design and photography.
The permanent collection allows visitors to gain an appreciation of decorative arts from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries, with a variety of origins, materials and styles. The disciplines included in the collection are silverwork, ceramics, furniture, textiles, sculpture and painting, as well as pieces in feather art, lacquer, ivory, tortoiseshell, glass and enamel.
The museum is the result of the collector's spirit and philanthropic mentality of Franz Mayer, a German who adopted Mexican nationality. It also contains a library, open to the public, with a wide selection of antique and rare books, as well as eight hundred different editions of Don Quijote de la Mancha.
The Franz Mayer museum collection consists of works of decorative art as well as sculpture and painting from Mexico, Europe and Asia dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries.
Other genres that complement the collection are ironwork, featherwork, lacquerwork, tortoiseshell, ivory, patents of nobility, print, glasswork and enamels.
Decorative art is an expression of the culture that produced it and informs us of a period's styles, fashions, changes in ornamentation, manufacturing processes and the artisans that took part in its creation.
The Museumâs collection of furniture is one of the richest in Mexico, for its diversity of furniture types, the variety of countries of origins as well as the decorative and construction techniques that can be appreciated.
The Museum archive includes 710 pieces of furniture from the 16th to the 20th centuries. The majority of the pieces are Nouveau Hispanic although visitors can also see pieces of German, Chinese, French, Spanish, Philippine, Indian, Dutch, Indo-Portuguese, English, Italian and Portuguese origin.
Thanks to the plurality of furniture types and origins it is possible to analyse the complexity of commercial exchanges from the 16th to the 19th centuries in New Spain as well as changes in fashion and tastes within the world of domestic furnishings.
FANTASÃÂAS DEL POP. DISEÃâO DE EERO AARNIO
26th January to 15th April 2007
This interactive exhibition allows visitors to sit on and touch some of the pieces such as the chair Ã¢â¬ËBallÃ¢â¬â¢ and table Ã¢â¬ËScrewÃ¢â¬â¢ which have already become icons in pop culture. The exhibition brings together the creative work of Finnish Eero Aarnio, one of the most innovative artists in industrial design and precursor of the use of plastic, bright colours and organic forms.
NINTH INTERNATIONAL POSTER BIENNIAL IN MEXICO
30th October 2006 to 4th February 2007
Exhibition of the posters selected from this outstanding international competition. Finland is the guest nation of honor and the theme of the competition is desertification: the water problem.
WORLD PRESS PHOTO 06
12th October to 12th November 2006
Exhibition of the winners of the most important international photojournalism competition, organized in Holland by the World Press Photo Foundation. In 2006 the winning photograph was taken in Niger, in an emergency center for famine victims of the African country.
The image of a mother with her baby was taken by the Canadian photographer Finbarr O' Reilly, of Reuters. "This image has stayed with me since I saw it, it has everything: beauty, horror and desperation,Ã¢â¬Â according to the president of the jury James Colton.
EXPO VENTA DE ORQUÃÂDEAS
28th September to 1st October 2006
Exhibition and sale of orchids from different regions of the country. On this occasion the exhibition pays homage to Federico Halbinger, one of the most renowned orchidists.
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Students and Teachers: MX$17 (with current ID)
Free admission: Franz Mayer Museum members, ICOM members, children (twelve and under), Seniors (65 and over with ID)
MUSEUM OPENING HOURS
Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
LIBRARY OPENING HOURS
Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday 10 am â 5 pm (Only as an exhibition room)
Metro: Bellas Artes and Hidalgo
The Museum has its own parking facility with 186 spaces.
Visit the permanent and temporary exhibitions with our guides. Visits allow the personal interpretation and appreciation of the collection.
General admission: MX$49 per person (admission MX$34, guided tour MX$15)
Members: MX$15 per person
Students and professors with valid ID: MX$32.00 (admission MX$17, guided tour MX$15)
Children under 12 and adults over 60: Free admission
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The Museum offers guided tours for groups of up to 25 people, offered by trained staff. Tours are given in Spanish, English or French.
Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00
By appointment, with a minimum of two days' notice.
Guided tours aimed at all educational levels (basic education, pre-school, primary, secondary and special education) designed according to the school program.
Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:00
Visit with the whole family and enjoy the permanent collection.
Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 and 14:00
The Franz Mayer Museum offers workshops for the public every Sunday at noon. The themes are based on the permanent collection or the temporary exhibitions.
General admission: MX$30 per person (includes admission to the museum, guided tour and materials).
Members: MX$20 (includes admission to the museum, guided tour and materials)
On the last Sunday of each month, the Franz Mayer Museum offers a show for all the family, where the public can enjoy classic theater, dance and music, with the participation of leading companies.
Price: MX$10 per person
SubdirecciÃÂ³n de Servicios Educativos
Tel: (+52 55) 5518 2266 ext. 247/ 245
Fax: (+52 55) 5521 0211
The Museo Franz Mayer is a non-profit organisation. Membership fees help us to allow more people to know and enjoy the decorative arts and contemporary design in Mexico, increase our programme of exhibitions and activities, improve services and increase our archive.