Special Programs at the Museum


The National Museum of Mexican Art’s performing arts initiatives include films, literature, theater, culinary arts and more. From the traditional and folkloric to the contemporary and avant garde, the Museum strives to present all forms of art that exemplify the beauty and richness of Mexican culture. Below is a list of special events which take place at the Museum annually. 

The National Museum of Mexican Art’s annual Gala de Arte is critical in generating funding that ensures our city continues to boast a world-class museum – one considered by many to be the most important Mexican art museum in the country and the first accredited member of the American Alliance of Museums dedicated to Latino Culture. This annual fundraising event brings together more than 650 Chicagoans, philanthropists and art enthusiasts in support of the Museum. 
Presented by the Museum's Auxiliary Board, this annual fall event celebration brings together over 500 guests in support of the Museum. Guests enjoy live musical performances, delicious culinary treats, specilaty cocktails, craft beer, and raffle prizes.  
Promoting healthy lifestyles, the Día del Niño Health Walk and Family Festival is a day for children and their families to enjoy physical fitness, art activities, free health screenings, entertainment, wellness education and family fun. 
In 2015, the National Museum of Mexican Art welcomed over 10,000 visitors making this event the largest Day of the Dead celebration in the U.S. This year, we will celebrate again with a festival of light and projection that will transform the National Museum of Mexican Art’s exterior, bringing it to life. Additionally, in Harrison Park, families and individuals will create their own ofrendas transforming the soccer field into a festive cemetery. Pan de Muerto (Day of the Dead Bread), altar demonstrations, live performances, face painting, and art activities will round out the evening.
The Sor Juana Festival is dedicated to Mexico’s Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651-1695), a great poet and philosopher who was known as La Décima Musa, (the Tenth Muse) and is known as the first feminist of the Americas. Through the Sor Juana Festival, the National Museum of Mexican Art presents writers, musicians, dancers and performers from both sides of the border with a special emphasis on women in the arts.
Meet Mexico's finest folk artists and watch live art demonstrations at the Annual Folk Art Festival. Artists will come from all corners of Mexico, each with his or her own unique techniques, subject matters, and mediums. However, they all share the same passion for Mexico's rich folk art traditions
From Christmas ornaments and nativity scenes to t-shirts and jewelry, there will be something for everyone at the holiday market. Members of the National Museum of Mexican Art receive a 30% discount on all merchandise during the mercado. Not a member yet? Sign up now, or when you come to the Mercado.