Located in a eighteenth-century building facing onto the Plaza de la Santa Veracruz, the Franz Mayer Museum houses the finest collection of decorative arts in Mexico and presents temporary shows of design and photography.
The building now occupied by the Franz Mayer Museum has a long history. For four centuries it functioned as a hospital. Over the last forty years it has undergone diverse modifications that have altered its architectural style, in order to grant it new functions. In the 1980's, interest grew in renovating the building and converting it into a museum.
Franz Mayer has an special place as a collector in Mexican history. Born in 1882, in Mannheim, Germany, he moved to London at a very young age, where he lived for nearly two years. He arrived in the United States in 1903, and worked for Merryl Lynch Stock Exchange Company, arriving in Mexico in 1905. He got into the financial world at the age of 23. Around 1908, he had already enrolled as an agent of an independent stock exchange, thus beginning a promising career.
During the Mexican Revolution he left the country and went back to the United States, where he lived for two years, and returned to Mexico in 1913. In 1920, he married María Antonieta de la Macorra and became a widower a few years without descendents. He became a Mexican citizen on December 29 th 1933.