New York City Sights

El Museo del Barrio

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

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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 percent 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 month-long 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.

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

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Sight Details:

  • $9 suggested donation
  • Tues.–Sat. 11–6


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