The National Museum of Mexican Art will be closed on Wednesday, June 19th in observation of Juneteenth. 



The National Museum of Mexican Art’s generous donors ensure that the richness and beauty of Mexican art and culture remain accessible to all.

Join NMMA’s community of donors.

At the National Museum of Mexican Art, visitors experience stories they simply won’t find anywhere else. By supporting the Museum’s mission, you help give educational experiences to children, young adults, and older adults through our arts education programming. You help ensure that the voices of Mexican artists, scholars, and performers are heard. Your gift opens hearts to the power of Mexican art and culture.

NMMA is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity · EIN 36-3225519

2023 Highlights Thanks to Donors Like You

Join us at the Gala de Arte

The Board of Trustees of the National Museum of Mexican Art proudly presents the 2024 Gala de Arte on Friday, May 10th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The Museum's founder Carlos Tortolero will be honored with the Sandra Cisneros Award at the Gala. Get more information.

Donate Artwork

The National Museum of Mexican Art’s collection goal is to acquire artwork by Mexican and Mexican-descent artists that builds on the strengths of our existing collection:

  • Pre-Cuauhtémoc artifacts
  • Ephemera
  • Prints and drawings
  • Paintings and sculpture
  • Arte popular
  • Photography
  • Textiles and regional dress

The Museum's permanent collection is built by the generosity of art donors and living artists. We do not appraise objects. To begin the review process for an artwork donation, please submit a cover letter and state if the work(s) is intended for purchase or donation. Also include:

  • Your contact information: name, mailing and email addresses, and daytime phone number.
  • Images of the work(s) to be considered, labeled with the artist’s name, title of work, date of work, medium and dimensions.
  • How, when and where the piece(s) was acquired.
  • Biographical information on lesser-known artists.
  • Copies of relevant articles, reviews or exhibition catalogues.

Submitted information that is approved by the permanent collection curator will be presented to the Permanent Collection Committee, which meets a quarterly. If the artwork is accepted, we will contact the donor with a formal gift agreement and make arrangements for transferring the property. Although efforts are made to exhibit recent acquisitions, we cannot guarantee it. You can be assured that all donated artwork will be preserved and made accessible to a greater audience for years to come. All donations are unconditional and irrevocable.

Please send your artwork donation information to:

National Museum of Mexican Art

Attn: Rebecca D. Meyers

Permanent Collection Curator

1852 W. 19th Street

Chicago, Il 60608

If you have questions or wish to submit information electronically, please contact Rebecca D. Meyers at 312.433.3919.

As we may be unable to return submitted materials, please do not include any original artwork, images or documentation.

Thank you for considering the National Museum of Mexican Art to be the recipient of your cherished items.

Appraiser List

The Alasko Company
832 West Superior Street, Suite 201
Chicago, Illinois 60642

Richard-Raymond Alasko, FASA

Jacob Fish, ASA, ISA AM
(Valuation of Fine Art and Historic Properties)

American Society of Appraisers
2121 Cooperative Way, Suite 210
Herndon, VA 20171
Phone 800 ASA-VALU
(They can recommend someone local with a particular area of expertise.)

International Society of Appraisers
225 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 650
Chicago, IL 60606

(They can recommend someone local with a particular area of expertise.)

 G. B. Fine Art
221 N. Taylor Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302
Gretchen. Burch, AAA
(fine art)

Frederick Dosé Appraisals, Ltd.
778 Pleasant Avenue
Highland Park, IL 60035
(antiques, archeological art and artifacts, books, fine art, numismatics, silver)

Kathleen Lamb
1539 W. Birchwood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60626
(photographs, prints, books)

Conservator List

American Institute for Conservation
727 15th Street NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005

(This organization can recommend specific conservators based on field of expertise and location.) 

The Conservation Center                                           
400 N. Wolcott                                                          
Chicago, IL 60622                                                     
Phone (312) 944-5401
Fax (312) 944-5479
(paintings, objects, paper, textiles, furniture, sculpture, vintage and new framing) 

Kelly J. Keegan                                                          
Conservator of Paintings
Phone (636) 785-6969

Carol Turchan                                                            
Conservator of Paper and Photographs
1540 West Morse
Chicago, IL 60626
mailing address
1254 W. Pratt #1
Chicago, IL 60626

(works on paper and photographs)