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The Seminario de Cultura Mexicana is one of the main cultural forums in Mexico. Today it operates principally as cultural and art center, but it’s one that carries considerable historical and intellectual heft. It’s nearly unfair to list the Seminario as merely occupying its headquarters. For the Seminario organizes many of the most important conferences, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions across the country. It’s also behind many of the events taking place in Mexico City cultural and community centers.
The Seminario was created especially to support artists, writers, and researchers in completing their work. To those ends, the seminar takes an interest in branches of the humanities and sciences. Founded in 1942 by a presidential decree, the seminar began with 19 public intellectuals of the time. These included great personalities of culture, science, and the humanities.
The seminar has a presence in some 27 Mexican states and in Guatemala, Texas, Madrid, and Venice. But the seminar has grown to include 23 titular members, three emeritus members, and some 56 correspondents in Mexico and internationally.
The main headquarters on Masaryk Avenue hosts an art gallery, Galería 526, that’s open to the public. There’s also the Castalia Forum used for performances and events, and both a Children’s and Community Reading Rooms.
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 am. to 7 p.m.