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Museum of the Americas, Madrid

(3.9/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Must have a concept clear on the history of the American continent, and the influence of Spanish therein, their traditions, values, rituals, religions, their homes and belongings and ceremonies, the conquest of new Spain, what there the Spaniards, found and as the colonization of new territories was etc., the visit to this Museum in a calm and thorough manner you will help you to sort, relate and understand the history of the American continent. In my opinion, the Museum should be called "Archaeological, ethnological and Ethnographical Museum of America", in corcordancia with what it will find. I think that all we have asked a question to see so many exhibits, (2,500) do your provenance?, well, most come from the monarchs of the 16th and 17TH centuries Royal collections, and scientific and archaeological expeditions in America and Oceania, and others, in minor, were part of private collections of Spanish people who occupied important positions in the new Spain. The exhibition and chronology of the Museum is excellent. As parts to highlight: 1.-the Mayan Codex. Only four remain manuscripts around the world, which is exposed is a facsimile, being the original kept in the vault of the Museum. 2. the treasure of the Quinbayas (Golden). Discovered in tombs as funerary offerings. The Museum presents 136 pieces, gifted by Colombia at the Reina Cristina María in 1893. This represents one-fifth of the total of the Treasury, assuming that the rest went to hands particular and surely transformed into gold ingots. Another curiosity, I managed to find, is the important figure of La Malinche, next to Hernán courts; curiously not mentioned, if you look closely at tables or encorchados painted oil and inlaid mother of Pearl, representing scenes of the conquest of Mexico, you can see both characters. Such works date from the year 1698. Also found me it very interesting, pictures explaining the diversity of crossbreeding and the name given to the resulting children of each union, which marked them their social status. I advise to visit the Museum on several occasions, own it will not be easy to digest. (I have visited it 5 times) Sunday is free. We also organize concerts in the Auditorium annex on the ground floor, for information visit their website the bad: exteriors around the Museum, better not speak, totally sloppy and chaotic. The gardens in memory of Vasco Núñez de Balboa, of shame. I have no doubt that the direction of the Museum does not have the necessary economic resources, but that such deplorable state is not acceptable. I see him so many years. Next to the Museum there is a statue of a rider holding a woman from behind, in the lower part, there is a shield with a phrase, I encourage you to discover it.
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  • Museum very didactic and mandatory for those who want to know something more of the American continent. 2 plants that are crossed in 2 hours. Sunday is free.
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  • The quality of items on exhibit is superb. The antique maps, if your interest is in discovery, are worth a visit alone as is the cabinet of curiosities that includes a fascinating variety of items, fr...  more »
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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.