This large Cultural Center’s building served for more than 9 decades as a textile factory. It is been one of
the main attractions of the city of San Miguel de Allende for almost fifteen years. Inside, paintings,
sculptures and various handicrafts made by the artists and artisans who inhabit the city are regularly
“The character of the factory today is created by the artists that have been gathering here, since the beginning like Christopher Fallon, who was involved since the foundation days of the factory, in the
concepts and in the remodeling process of its spaces ”, -Francisco Garay, son of Don Francisco who was
the owner and promoter of the new project of the Factory.
There were many American artists, especially during the 70’s and 80’s, who found a special meeting point
in San Miguel de Allende, some even decided to move permanently to the city. Among them, Mary Rapp,
Merry Calderoni and DeWayne Youts were also involved in the creation of the first art workshops offered
by La Aurora.
Mary Rapp, a sculptor established in La Aurora since its inauguration as an arts center, says “the walls of
my studio still retain the brands of the machines from when the factory was still working, those brands I
consider art themselves. Some of the artists here practice the open studio, you can check out the
schedules online, where people who wish, can visit us in our creation process”.
Since La Aurora first opening in 2004, other creators have joined this initiative, making this space the
active international cultural center that it is today. Peter Leventhal, Juan Ezcurdia, Ricardo García and
Santiago Corral have taken part of this galleries. Also, Edward Swift, writer, was inspired by this building
to write his memoirs. Like them, national and international artists organize exhibitions and gatherings
throughout the year.
Without any doubt, La Aurora Factory, reflects the artistic scene of the region, constantly innovating and
attracting all kinds of creators. It is a space for fruitful dialogue between Art and Design, Modern and
Contemporary Art, the West Culture and the confluence with Mexican native roots. Inside it, you can find
art galleries, design and decoration furniture stores, as well as antiques, jewelry stores, table linen and
bed clothing, as well as restaurants and bookstores.
La Aurora is an unmissable place for tourists, where you can not only admire and acquire unique pieces
of artists, craftsmen and designers, but also have the possibility to see them unfold in their habitat and
develop their work.
Casa 1810 Hotel Boutique is just 10 minutes’ walk from La Aurora Factory, we recommend you check its
events and exhibitions calendar online, or just step by to buy fantastic souvenirs. Do you want to know
what else is there to do on your next visit to San Miguel? Continue reading San Miguel in 3 days.
La Aurora Factory
Open every day from 10am to 6pm and Sundays from 10am to 5pm
Calzada de la Aurora s / n S.M.A., Gto. Mexico
Tel. (415) 152 13 12