Monday, December 7, 2009

Mexican Museum Reopens in Ft. Mason on December 19th

Anticipating a move to downtown San Francisco The Mexican Museum at Ft. Mason closed down a couple of years ago, Unfortunately, the funding never came through and the museum has been in limbo for at least four years. But Garrett McAuliffe reports that the Mexican Museum will open its doors for the first time since 2006 with a show highlighting the Christmas traditions of Mexico.

"Funding from the city has begun to trickle in, money marked for development as the museum inches closer to a permanent move downtown at Yerba Buena Gardens. But that project is still years from completion. In the meantime, the ten-member board has worked hard to resuscitate the museum's tentative existence at Fort Mason, and bring some of its 12,000 works back into view relying on personal resources and the support of volunteers."

"We are finally in a very good space where we are working in a positive way with our partners," said Mario Diaz, co-chair of the board. "Our priority now is to get the collection in front of the eyes of the public."

Under a short-term lease extension, the Mexican Museum has already reopened its store La Tienda and will debut its new exhibit on Saturday, December 19th, a huge step forward for the non-profit after it recently appeared they would have to move their entire collection at great expense.

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