Mexico City’s Museo de Arte Popular, or Popular Art Museum, houses more than 3,000 folk art pieces made from metal, clay, glass, papier-mâché, textile, and wood. Which sounds potentially boring but actually paints a vivid portrait of a culture rooted in religion, magic, and time-honored celebrations like Diá de los Muertos. The downtown fixture also happens to be a well-maintained example of Art Deco architecture—a dramatic, movie set-like backdrop for the masks and toys that line its five main exhibition halls. Admission is 40 pesos (around $2 USD).
Calle Revillagigedo 11, Cuauhtémoc, Centro, Mexico City, Mexico; +52-55-5510-2201.