The family home of San Miguel's most famous son and namesake, Ignacio Allende, a hero of Mexico's War of Independence, is now a museum. Located on the southwest corner of San Miguel de Allende's Jardin Principal, the Baroque-style colonial mansion dates to the early 18th century. It houses the Museo de Historia de San Miguel de Allende (Historical Museum of San Miguel de Allende) which chronicles the area's past from Prehistoric times up through independent Mexico. Several rooms dedicated to the life of Ignacio Allende and his role in the independence movement; a few are decorated in the style of the period so you may see how it would have looked during Allende's lifetime.
A pleasant hour or so can be spent at San Miguel's toy museum, of particular interest to the young and the young at heart. La Esquina, Museo del Juguete Mexicano (The Corner, Mexican Toy Museum) is located at Nuñez #40 and contains a collection of over 1000 traditional toys. There are three permanent display rooms: one dedicated to dollhouses, another to animals and transportation, and the third room is called "the fair," and shows masks, musical instruments and miniature fairground rides. The ingenuity and creativity that went into the crafting of these folk toys is astounding.
Another museum which is worth a visit is the mask museum called La Otra Cara de Mexico (The Other Face of Mexico). This private museum is owned by the proprietors of Casa de la Cuesta Bed and Breakfast, and can be visited by appointment only. The masks are presented within their cultural context and give an idea of the wide variety of masks created in Mexico and their many uses within traditional cultures.