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There are plenty of fun things to do in Puerto Vallarta to keep you busy. From snorkeling in a national marine park to horseback riding in the mountains to just lounging on la playa, you’ll never be bored in PV. Did you know that it’s also a very artistic city? In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the top art galleries in Puerto Vallarta.
Best Puerto Vallarta Art Galleries
While technically not a traditional gallery, the Malecon is a must-see for art lovers. This oceanfront esplanade is full of unique sculptures and is one of the top things to do on any visit to PV.
The best way to experience the art on the Malecon is to walk the entire thing. Start at the north end by Hotel Rosita, where you’ll find the spiraling “Los Milenios” (The Millenia).
From there, just head south and enjoy a leisurely stroll along the mile-long Malecon. There are dozens of sculptures to see along the way, including the famous “Boy on the Seahorse” which sits in the middle of the colorful Puerto Vallarta sign.
If at any point you feel like taking a break, there are plenty of cafes, restaurants, and bars to choose from. There are actually several art galleries on or near the Malecon as well. You can definitely spend the better part of a day taking it all in.
Another option for experiencing all the art on the Malecon is joining the weekly free walking tour. Just show up at the aforementioned spiraling sculpture at 9:30 on Tuesday morning through April 19th.
It’s for a good cause as they collect donations for Los Mangos – a nonprofit library and culture center in PV. It’s just one of the many free activities in Puerto Vallarta!
For a detailed guide to all of the sculptures on the Malecon, click here.
It’s hard to miss this awesome Puerto Vallarta art gallery, thanks to the impressive mural that adorns the front of the building. This gallery is full of unique folk art, such as some incredible Day of the Dead ceramic skulls.
Now is the perfect time to mention the Puerto Vallarta Art Walk, one of the best things to do at night. It happens every Wednesday evening from 6-10 PM between late October and late May. It begins at Colectika and continues on to 14 other galleries. Click here for a description of them all.
Monday to Friday 10 AM-8 PM, Saturday 10 AM-5 PM
Galeria Uno is the original Puerto Vallarta art gallery, dating back to 1971. It’s a 2-story building with plenty of paintings and sculptures from 30 different contemporary artists in Mexico.
With four decades of experience, the owners here definitely have a knack for discovering up-and-coming artists. They’re located just off the Malecon and are also a stop on the ArtWalk.
Monday to Saturday 10 AM-6 PM
Galerie des Artistes
For art lovers, this little corner of PV is a must-visit. This gallery will catch your eye from the street with its colorful mural out front.
Inside, you’ll find some very unique sculptures and paintings. It’s the perfect place to visit before or after a meal at Cafe des Artistes across the street. The restaurant itself is a work of art that’s worth checking out.
Monday to Saturday 10 AM-9 PM
On the other corner across from the restaurant, you’ll find one of the most beloved Puerto Vallarta art galleries. Founded by Jean Pierre Renucci, Corsica has been a staple on the PV art scene for 20 years.
Focusing on contemporary Mexican fine art, they always have something new from world-class artists here. Keep an eye on their Facebook page, as they often host special events.
Monday to Saturday 10 AM-6 PM
This excellent gallery in Centro has been around since 1987. Here you’ll find an eclectic mix of paintings and sculptures, mostly from Mexican contemporary artists. There are also works from foreign artists living in Mexico.
Owner Gary Thompson is also the one behind the free walking tour of the Malecon. Be sure to join them on Tuesday mornings in the high season to raise money for the city’s nonprofit library and culture center.
Monday to Saturday from 10:30 AM-8 PM
No post about Puerto Vallarta art would be complete without mentioning Huichol – the intricate bead art that this area is famous for. The Huichol, also known as Wixárika, are an indigenous group that calls the Sierra Madre mountain range home.
Tierra Huichol has two locations in Puerto Vallarta where you can peruse some incredible collections of this unique art form. Before visiting, you can learn more about their artists and the works currently on display on their website.
Malecon: Paseo Díaz Ordaz 592, Centro
Every day from 9 AM-8:30 PM
Zona Romantica: 1, Olas Altas 246, Emiliano Zapata
Every day from 10 AM-10 PM
Studio Gallery J.A.R.
This studio and gallery by Mexican artist J. Armando Reyes should be your first stop if you’re looking for original oil paintings. He has some great works that capture scenes of the city and Mexican culture.
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri from 11 AM-7 PM, Wed from 5-10 PM, and Sat-Sun from 9 AM-5 PM
Restaurant, bar, and art gallery rolled into one, this place really checks all the boxes! Go for their excellent Happy Hour and a delicious meal, then stick around to peruse the many galleries.
Here you can find painters, sculptors, visual artists, photographers, and jewelers all under one roof. Click here to learn more about the various galleries on display.
Tuesday to Sunday from 12-10 PM
These are just a few of the many fantastic art galleries in Puerto Vallarta. This town is an art lover’s dream come true. Wander the streets of PV for a bit, and you’re sure to stumble upon other hidden gems.
If you’ve got a favorite artist or gallery in PV, please feel free to leave a comment and let us know about them!
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