SF's Mexican Museum joins Smithsonian network

January 31, 2012 - 4:25 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Mexican Museum in San Francisco is joining the nation's largest museum network.

The San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/ye7fAu ) reports the museum of Latino art and culture on Tuesday becomes the city's first museum to join the Smithsonian Institution's Affiliations Program.

The partnership allows the Mexican Museum to borrow and lend pieces long-term within the 160-member network.

The museum's CEO Jonathan Yorba was previously a fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Founded in 1975 in San Francisco's Mission District, the Mexican Museum and its 14,000-item collection is now located at the Fort Mason Center.

The museum is planning to build a new facility near downtown San Francisco. Yorba hopes to break ground next year and open in 2016.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com