Centro Histórico


Hidalgo, 45
Mexico City
Phone: 0052 55 5518 2266
Website: http://www.franzmayer.org

Museo Franz Mayer

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.

Besides its temporary exhibits, the Franz Mayer Museum also offers guided tours, courses, lectures, concerts, performances, children's workshops and special activities for members. There is a bookstore and gift shop, and a pleasant café in the cloister – one of the museum's key points of attraction because of its beauty.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (16)

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Permanent Collection

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 Museum’s 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.

Comprised of a little more than 1,290 pieces from the 15th to the 19th centuries, the silverware collection of the Franz Mayer Museum has been recognized as one of the most important collections in Mexico.
Every piece shows the skilled craftsmanship in forging, casting and the different ways of using repoussé work, chiseling, graffito, and filigr...+ [ Read all ]

Previous Exhibitions

26th January to 15th April 2007
This interactive exhibition allows visitors to sit on and touch some of the pieces such as the chair ‘Ball’ and table ‘Screw’ 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.

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.

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,” according to the president of the jury James Colton.

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.

Exhibitions (12)

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Adults: MX$35
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)

Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 5 pm (Only as an exhibition room)

Getting there

Hidalgo, 45
Centro Histórico
México D.F. 06300

Tel: (+52) 55 5518 2266 ext. 251, 254

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

Museum internal and external photos (6)

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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
By appointment.

Subdirección de Servicios Educativos
Tel: (+52 55) 5518 2266 ext. 247/ 245
Fax: (+52 55) 5521 0211
Email: servedu@franzmayer.org.mx


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.
Time: 13:30
Price: MX$10 per person
Subdirección de Servicios Educativos
Tel: (+52 55) 5518 2266 ext. 247/ 245
Fax: (+52 55) 5521 0211
Email: servedu@franzmayer.org.mx


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.

Students: MX$250
Individual: MX$500
Family: MX$1,000
Associate: MX$5,000
Benefactor: MX$10,000+

Platinum: MX$100,000+
Gold: MX$50,000+
Silver: MX$30,000+

For a full list of benefits of membership please go to: http://www.franzmayer.org.mx/afiliate/index.html

To apply for membership or for further information:
Ana Lozano Santín
Programa de Afiliación
Museo Franz Mayer
Av. Hidalgo 45
06300, México, D.F.
Tel: (+52 55) 5518 2266 ext.244
Fax: (+52 55) 5521 2888
Email: afiliate@franzmayer.org.mx

Venue hire

Located since 1986 in a beautiful building with ample and attractive spaces, the Museo Franz Mayer, the most important decorative arts museum in Mexico, has also characterised itself as a venue for different cultural and business events.
The building that today houses the Franz Mayer collection dates from the 17th century with reconstructions carried out at later dates such as the recovery of the Nouveau Hispanic fountain, the substitution of the old corridor rafters, the design of the garden and the creation of an auditorium, cafeteria and library allowing space for cocktails, dinners, conferences, book launches, films and concerts.
Easy access via the principal communication routes such as Paseo de la Reforma and Eje Central and parking facilities make the Museum an ideal option for your event.
Departamento de Eventos Especiales
Tel: (+52 55) 5518 2266 ext 220
Fax: (+52 55) 5521 2888
Email: eventos@franzmayer.org.mx
Address: Museo Franz Mayer, Av. Hidalgo 45, Centro Histórico, 06300, México D.F.