The Museo Jumex in Mexico City in 2013.


After a major earthquake struck Mexico yesterday afternoon, Tuesday, September 19, authorities are searching for survivors and communication remains limited in many places. At this time of writing, more than 200 have died from the quake, which had its epicenter 100 miles from the Mexican capital.

ARTnews has reached out to various museums, galleries, and arts organizations to better understand how they fared. This post is being continuously updated with details about how the earthquake has impacted the Mexican art world.

— Tuesday, September 19, 11:45 p.m.: According to several tweets, one of which was reposted by its official Twitter account, the Museo Nacional de Arte (MUNAL) has suffered minor damage to its facade. Rubble appears to have fallen onto the street below the museum, though for the most part, the museum’s exterior seems largely unscathed. MUNAL closed earlier today after the quake, but has not yet said whether it will reopen today.

— Tuesday, September 19, 11:45 p.m.: Through its Twitter account, the Museo Tamayo announced that it will remain closed tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 20, 8:40 a.m.: The Museo Soumaya, the private museum of Carlos Slim, has reported through its Twitter account that all appears to be well at the institution following the quake.