Museo Franz Mayer houses the personal art collection of stockbroker and financier Franz Mayer. Initially, this was supposed to be his private place, but the house officially opened its doors to the public in 1986, and thus became a cultural showcase for Mexico.
Located in Mexico City, where the San Juan De Dios monastery is, the museum is an 18th century structure that was rehabilated and restored before its opening.
Many of Mayer’s collection included books, sculptures, paintings, furniture and other works of art from Europe and Asia and the museum, in fact, only displays a fourth of his whole collection for the public. There are several others that are kept from view, because of their extra ordinary value and worth. The museum management, however, has acquired its own pieces to add to these collection over the years.
The Rogelio Casas Library is also part of this museum which has quite an important and extensive archive.
In order to support other artists in the city, the museum has also partnered with several artist groups, such as those silver and ceramic artisans who frequent the place to learn more about century old pieces. Today, with a more updated look, in spite keeping with its original 18th century style, the museum is used to hold workshops and exhibits, guided tours, as well as seminars and workshops to help improve the art scene in Mexico. It has also created a lovely cafe in the middle of the site, in the courtyart garden, for guests to dine and take breaks from.
The museum is located at Avenida Hidalgo #45.