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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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  • This beautiful, well presented yet under-visited museum is well worth a visit. Up on a hill away from downtown Madrid, and spread over two theme-based floors, the Museo de América holds some real gems...  more »
  • This is a bit of a hike from the metro and takes a couple of transfers but worth it. The Spanish were the first outsiders to make contact with many cultures, and the artifacts on display are some of t...  more »
  • We went on the metro so it was no hardship to get ther after a short walk onto a university campus. There is a slightly neglected feel outside, but inside this cheap museum the spaces are often quite ...  more »
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  • Distant from other sights in Madrid, and keeps peculiar opening hours--if walking to it, be sure to approach from the right-hand side of Calle Princessa when coming from the city center. If approaching from the side of Parque del Oeste, you'll end up with a detour of more than a kilometer. Interesting collection, if not the most imaginatively curated. Seemed mostly populated by (very loud) school groups during our visit, perhaps due to its lack of proximity to the city center.
  • Great museum. I had my doubt, since I'm from the Americas, I thought there'd be little I hadn't seen before, but clearly the Spanish stole a lot of junk from the Americas in the colonial era. It's very interesting to see it all collected, and learn more about how Europeans, and the Spanish in particular, saw the Americas at that time.
  • This is a huge museum! And absolutely beautiful. Just a note though: if you're not interested in the history of America (natives, hunting, slavery, religion), you should spend your precious tourist time somewhere else!
  • 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.
  • 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.