Harald Wagner Collection Coming to the de Young Museum of San Francisco


By Abi Seaman

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Wall painting from the ancient city and ceremonial center of Teotihuacan, Mexico now left to the de Young Museum of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

 Teotihuacan, pronounced “Tay-oh-tee-wah-cahn”, is the oldest and biggest grid-system city. Located an hour north of Mexico City, the giant stone pyramids leave you breathless from both walking up four hundred stairs, and the unforgettable view of the surrounding lands. The civilization started with 40,000 people in 1 A.D., and lasted all the way to 750 A.D. with its peak census being 200,000 people.

    Archaeologists are still finding artifacts in the vast land of Teotihuacan, starting back in 1950 when famed archaeologist, Harald Wagner, first made his trip to Mexico. He loved the people, culture, and country so much, he spent half of each year in both San Francisco and Mexico City for his love of both cities. He then over four transactions in 1963 to 1968, bought the murals of Teotihuacan and then attempted to sell them to different museums across America.
    Wagner’s purchases became muddled and hazy, and the Mexican government would not allow any of the murals to be transported to America, until now. The Wagner Collection is available to be seen from September 30th, 2017 until February 11th, 2018. The de Young Museum will showcase the Wagner Collection as well as priceless artifacts in the whole collection of “Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire”. Ticket prices are as shown: members are free, adults (18-64) are $28, seniors (65+) are $25, students with a valid ID card are $19, and youth (6-17) are $13. The de Young Museum is located Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive in San Francisco.

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