Another Face of Mexico (La Otra Cara de México)

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Cuesta de San Jose #32 37700

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Museums, Shopping, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.1

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  • 4.0Value
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  • 4.5Atmosphere

The artsy culture of San Miguel permeates many of the city's quirky museums. One prime example of the town's imaginative culture is the Another Face of Mexico (La Otra Cara de México) mask museum. The owners, American expats Heidi and Bill LeVasseur, curate an extensive collection of approximately 500 ceremonial masks that all together comprise an eclectic display. Indigenous textiles, handmade paper and traditional dolls can also be found throughout the gallery.

The LeVasseurs have traveled through Mexico in search of ceremonial masks for their gallery, and their effort doesn't go unappreciated. Recent travelers rave about the vivid collection and agree that the owners bring a personal touch that other museums may lack. "Bill, the owner, is […] a wonderful source of the history and culture of Mexican masks," one TripAdvisor reviewer said. "We thoroughly enjoyed his background lecture, and the experience of wandering around his museum was wonderful."

Approximately half a mile northeast of El Jardin, Another Face of Mexico is adjacent to the popular B&B co-owned by the LeVasseurs called La Casa de la Cuesta. Gallery visits are by appointment only and can be made by calling +52 (415) 154-4324. Your suggested 50 MXN ($4 USD) admission fee will be donated to a children's charity. For more information, visit the museum's website.

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El Jardín is San Miguel's main plaza, located in the heart of the city. At the Zocalo, as El Jardín is often called, you can spend time people-watching, perusing the nearby shops and restaurants and reorienting yourself should the town's winding roads lead you astray.

Depending on when you find yourself in El Jardín, you may witness a political rally or have the chance to listen in on a live concert. According to one TripAdvisor reviewer, there's always something happening in El Jardín: "You'll hear mariachi bands, you'll see dance performances, you'll find arts and artisans, and religious ceremonies and every other possible entertainment experience here in the center of San Miguel." Early evenings and weekend afternoons are particularly busy times in the plaza; this is when you'll find expats and locals catching up with friends or simply relaxing on the wrought-iron benches.

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