Created by artists Sylvia Orozco, Sam Coronado, and Pio Pulido, the Mexic-Arte Museum is a growing institution in downtown Austin whose mission is to "share the art and culture of Mexico" with Texas. The museum first opened with a Day of the Dead festival in 1984 and continues to welcome locals to participate in annual programs to mark the holiday. (Our inside tip: The colorful "Day of the Dead" mementos in the museum’s shop make for great gifts for friends back home.) There is also a rotating exhibition of established and emerging Latino and Latina artists from the U.S., Mexico and other parts of Latin America. After you visit, you’ll understand why this vibrant institution has earned the accolade of "best little museum in Austin."