After 40 years of delays and false starts, San Francisco’s Mexican Museum is finally getting a new home in the Yerba Buena Art District next to the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM).
City and museum officials have scheduled a dedication and cornerstone dedication for Tuesday morning.
The museum outgrew its current home in Fort Mason years ago, says museum chairman, Andrew Kluger.
“This is the single largest collection of Mexican, Latino, and Chicano art in the U.S., with 17,000 pieces,” Kluger said. Those include about 800 pieces of Mexican folk art donated by the family of Nelson Rockefeller and work by Mexican artist Diego Rivera.
Kluger, hired three years ago, says the new space will make it the largest Mexican Museum in the U.S., measuring 60,000 square feet, almost nine times the size of the Fort Mason space and about the same as the CJM and the Jumex Museum in Mexico.