Destination México

Mexican National Railway Booklet, 1890.

In the 1880s, private companies and entrepreneurs in the United States began promoting Mexico as “a Foreign Land a Step Away.” Destination México illuminates eight decades of tourist travel to Mexico, from the first rail connections in the mid-1880s to the advent of the jet age in the late 1950s.


Destination México displays a large collection of facsimile mementos from tourists’s travels to Mexico, including post cards, saved leaflets, and organized snapshots.  This exhibition also examines the influence of political and economic conditions in Mexico and the United States and technological developments in tourism.

Destination México is an exhibition organized by the DeGolyer Library at Southern Methodist University, the Clements Center for Southwest Study, and Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Exhibition Format


20 panels

Supporting legs

Space RequirementsUnknown
Shipping Weight and DimensionsTravels in 3 plastic cases:
  • 44” x 32” x 10” - 80 lbs.
  • 44” x 32” x 10” - 80 lbs.
  • 78” x 12” x 12” - 58lbs.
Rental Fee*$400*
Rental Period4 weeks

*Rental fees are based primarily on the cost of shipping. Prices may vary based on current fuel surcharges or venue location within the state of Texas. Out-of-state rentals are priced on an individual basis. Please call for a rental fee quote specific to your venue.

Print Materials

A specified number of print materials are provided with this exhibition at no additional cost. Additional copies of these materials may be obtained for a nominal fee:

  • 50 brochures discussing the exhibition
  • 10 posters

Publicity Materials

Press release

Destination México press release.

Publicity image

A publicity image is available for promoting this exhibition at your venue. Please contact the exhibitions coordinator to request an electronic file of this image. Please allow 2-3 business days for the exhibitions coordinator to process your request.

Humanities Texas logos

Venues may request a CD with the Humanities Texas logo in a number of electronic file formats for use when developing print and online promotional materials. Logo files are also available for download on the logo page.

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2021-2022 Bookings

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