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Museum of the Americas, Madrid
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Discover the human history of the Western hemisphere at Museum of the Americas, which hosts a large collection of ethnographic and archaeological artifacts. Explore the museum’s five different sections, divided by themes such as society, religion, and communication. These exhibits explore the connection between the indigenous history of the American continents and Spain's colonial past. Marvel at the Aztec, Mayan, and other Native American artwork and artifacts as you learn about the languages and cultures of the New World. Grab a bite to eat at the museum cafe, which specializes in a wide range of Central and South American meals. Be aware that many exhibits are presented in Spanish only. Arrange to visit Museum of the Americas and other attractions in Madrid using our Madrid trip itinerary maker.
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  • Recommended, very nice and free for students. The beautiful Cathedral of Mexico to spend a weekend
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  • The Museum is interesting, classified by themes (society, Religion...) and plunges us into the atmosphere of the great discoveries and the Indians. On the other hand, only explanations in Spanish... but we afraid buy a short guide in English (3rd). Too bad there was more cafeteria because there are 2 floors and a little break would have been welcome.
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  • The main exhibition building is an almost monumental art deco / neo fascist mix from 1941. The campanile is is to C20th adjoining structure take on Spanish Colonial style, but the little square windows are typical of the neo fascist architecture such as you find in Rome, having been built in the franc was. Internally the multi floored exhibitions are extremely comprehensive depicting the discovery of and ancient cultures of the Spanish Americas including stunning gold items going back almost 3 millennia. In one area there is a 3 dimensional relief map / model of both American continents from the Rockies through to the southern Andes. NB There was no coffee facility available on the day / time of my visit (early afternoon). Spanish opening / closing times can be an illogical law unto themselves, especially at cultural sites which ought to be tourist friendly!
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  • Americas also includes South America for those who were are unsure. It is mainly about the discovery of the Americas. There's nothing in English, but if you're interested in looking at some artifacts this is a great place.
  • A fantastic collection of pre-Colombian Americas cultural artifacts. Highly recommended for those from the Americas with an interest in your own history.
  • Bad experience. We arrive at 2:30 PM and cannot enter because they close at 3:00 PM.
  • Fascinating museum that depicts the history of Spanish colonization of the Americas. The ideas the Spanish had of the indigenous people--their culture, beliefs--makes it easy to see how they colonized with such brutality... Yes, all the signage is in Spanish, so if you want English translations buy the small English guidebook at the gift shop. Sadly, this is a little known and little visited museum--a testament to the place that the colonization of the Americas has in Spanish history and the interest of tourists who visit Madrid.
  • If you want to learn about art of native India culture, you can see nice examples. I don't know so much about history of discoveries, but with maps or graphical display you can learn clearly inside the museum.