New York City Sights

El Museo del Barrio

  • 1230 5th Ave. Map It
  • Upper East Side

Published 09/11/2016

Fodor's Review

El barrio is Spanish for "the neighborhood" and the nickname for East Harlem, a largely Spanish-speaking Puerto Rican and Dominican community. El Museo del Barrio, on the edge of this neighborhood, focuses on Latin American and Caribbean art, with some 10% of its collection concentrated on works by self-taught artists from New York, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and Latin America. The more than 6,500-object permanent collection includes over 400 pre-Columbian artifacts, sculpture, photography, film and video, and traditional art from all over Latin America. The collection of 360 santos, carved wooden folk-art figures from Puerto Rico, is popular. El Museo hosts performances, lectures, films, and cultural events, including a monthlong Día de los Muertos celebration. Admission to El Museo del Barrio gains you free entrance to the neighboring Museum of the City of New York.

Sight Information

Address:

1230 5th Ave., between 104th and 105th Sts., New York, New York, 10029, USA

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Phone:

212-831–7272

Website: www.elmuseo.org

Sight Details:

  • $9 suggested donation

Published 09/11/2016

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