Published On: Thu, Jan 19th, 2017

The Mask Museum: A unique glimpse to Mexico’s traditional culture

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U.S News & World Report shares a list of the best things to do in San Miguel de Allende, highlighting the Mask Museum.  

In San Miguel de Allende, where artists and expats can be found sculpting and painting among the colonial architecture and cobblestone walkways. To cultivate one’s creative side is easier than ever, U.S News & World Report recommends to stop at SMA’s Mask Museum.

According to the Mask Museum website, the owner/curator is Bill LeVasseur, who has spent more than 25 years gathering an extraordinary collection of over 500 Mexican ceremonial masks.

Through his visits to often remote indigenous communities and his observation and documentation of masked dancing, he has also acquired an extensive knowledge of masks and masked dancing that he is eager to share.


Masks are representative and transformative to evoke emotions during fiestas and celebrations. (Photo:

In 2006, Bill and his wife Heidi, opened the Another Face of Mexico Mask Museum to the public. Accompanying the mask collection are texts, photos, and videos showing more than 40 different dance ceremonies.

All masks in the museum have been used by indigenous people in different performances, and therefore are considered by collectors to be authentic.


Each mask is distinctive and represents the talent of the maker and the feeling being conveyed. (Photo:

Adults – 100 Pesos
Children, students, school groups – Free admission

All museum proceeds are donated to Casa de los Angeles Day Care Center in San Miguel de Allende.


To some, these masks might be frightening, but to others, they represent important aspects of culture and history. (Photo:




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