1964 & 1965 Official Guidebook & Souvenir Map Entries

The description of this exhibit from the 1964 Official Guide Book

Cover- 1964 Guidebook

The description of this exhibit from the 1965 Official Guide Book

Cover - 1965 Guidebook

The location of this exhibit on the 1964 Official Souvenir Map

Cover - 1964 Official Souvenir Map


Exhibits relating to Mexican history, art and tourism dot the plaza around this pavilion. Fountains play in the open-air setting; a platform in the middle of the reflecting pool becomes the stage for music and dance recitals, fashion shows or fireworks. The pavilion itself, of glass and aluminum, stands on columns over part of the plaza, and is reached by stairways. The exhibit hall inside is dominated by a transparent sphere, 12 feet in diameter, containing maps of the Republic of Mexico. The maps, together with photographs and scale models, give details of the nation's social and economic progress. A collection of paintings and sculpture by contemporary Mexican artists is on exhibit, as are photographs of notable modern buildings. Products and handicrafts of Mexico are on the mezzanine. A separate building nearby houses a large restaurant and a cafe which serve specialties of the country.

* Admission: free.

ENAMELED HISTORY. Conspicuous in the plaza are colorful enameled pictures tracing Mexico's history and comparing its culture with the rest of the world's. The enamel is baked on large copper sheets, some as high as 12 feet.
INFORMATION CENTER. Also in the plaza is a booth with attendants to answer questions concerning travel and industry. Photographs and slides display the country's attractions, and travel films are shown.
QUIZ GAME. A map inside the exhibit hall "answers" visitors' questions in special areas of interest. When various buttons are pushed, colored lights appear, showing Mexico's highways, school system, railroads and other features. Next to the map, 20-foot-high panels of photographs and charts tell graphically of the nation's society, agriculture and growing industrial might. Nearby, models of Government projects emphasize Mexico's developments.
RESTAURANTS. In a separate building joined by a courtyard are a deluxe restaurant, the Focolare; a cocktail lounge, and the Cafe Alameda, which offers quick service and light meals. The cafe occupies the ground floor and an outdoor terrace, the restaurant the second floor. Both have a Mexican atmosphere and serve an international cuisine as well as Mexican specialties. There is entertainment in the Focolare and the cocktail lounge.


Highlights include modern and pre-Columbian art, aerial acrobats, concerts, fashion shows, and a pleasant restaurant and bar.

Exhibits of Mexican art and history dot a plaza with a fountain pool where concerts, dance recitals and other events are held. Inside, color films on closed-circuit television give visitors views of many tourist attractions, and a shop sells handicrafts.

FLYING INDIANS. Four times daily Indian aerialists ascend a pole 114 feet high from which they swing out into space on ropes to perform feats of daring and agility.

ART EXHIBIT. Inside the pavilion the works of such leading contemporary painters as Rivera, Orozco, Siqueiros and Tamayo are on display. The pre-Columbian period is represented by the art and artifacts of ancient Indian cultures.

RESTAURANTS. The Focolare serves Mexican and international haute cuisine in an elegant atmosphere, and the Jorongo cocktail lounge features south-of-the-border drinks and strolling musicians.

Admission: free.