North of the Alameda, you’ll find this museum, which has been called an oasis of calm and beauty by many visitors, serves as testament to a lifetime of collecting on the part of Franz Mayer. Franz Mayer, born in 1824 in Germany in the city of Mannheim, would later move to Mexico and earn the nickname Don Pancho. The museum displays his vast collection, including a wide variety of Mexican hand crafted silver artifacts, textiles, handmade ceramics and what are called stunning masterpieces of furniture.
Most impressively, every single item here was collected individually by Franz Mayer, and there are no accessory exhibits, so the entire museum really can be accredited to one man. Besides being a testament to Mexican culture, craftsmanship and artistic history, the museum is, at the very least, a testament to the persuasive power of Mexican style and a celebration of the exquisite taste of Franz Mayer, who emmigrated from another country and fell in love with the aesthetics of Mexico.
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