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 folk art gallery, The Other Face of Mexico (La Otra Cara de México). 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, The Other 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 gallery’s website.