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Hispanic Society of America, New York City

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The Hispanic Society of America is a museum and reference library for the study of the arts and cultures of Spain, Portugal, and Latin America. (Despite the name and the founder's intention, it has never functioned as a learned association.) Founded in 1904 by Archer M. Huntington, the institution is free and open to the public at its original location in a Beaux Arts building on Audubon Terrace (at 155th Street and Broadway) in the lower Washington Heights area of New York City in the United States. The campus was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012.In April, 2015 the Society announced the appointment of Philippe de Montebello to chair the Society's Board of Overseers and spearhead a major effort to roughly double the museum's size by renovating the now-vacant, adjacent, Beaux Arts, former building of the Museum of the American Indian.Exterior sculpture at the society includes work by Anna Hyatt Huntington and nine major reliefs by the Swiss-American sculptor Berthold Nebel, a commission that took ten years to complete.
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  • The Hispanic Society of America is, in my opinion, the best collection of existing Spanish art outside of Spain. It brings together a group of objects whose theme and chronology is very wide. It has an excellent bibliographical collection, masterpieces as Goya's Duchess of Alba, or the paintings by Sorolla, etc. In my opinion it has other collections that need to be fixed because they are worth a lot and would not initially call attention both the callers of wrought-iron doors
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  • This wonderful museum has some tremendous treasures of Spanish Art, but it is closed for two years for a much needed restoration. You can get access to the library for research purposes, including the...  more »
  • The lighting is awful on most of the portraits, and you cannot look at them face on because the light shines onto them! Lots of religious artifacts and a Goya or two, but the most interesting part if ...  more »
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  • Over-hyped. First time we went there, we loved the cheeseburger. Other items on the menu were above average.We've been there several times since and I must say, I find the food to be underwhelming. I eat out a LOT - 3-4x per week and not sure if we have been ordering the wrong food there but I don't find the food to be extraordinarily good. Ambience is fun, drinks are great but I'd say the food is interesting but not amazing.
  • Contrary to the museum's website or posted hours, this building is closed for the next two years. So keep that in mind before you run around the building in the pouring rain for 15 minutes trying to get in. Because you can't, and they literally can't be bothered to put up a sign saying that they are closed for two years. BONUS: When I called to ask how to get in, the woman working there told me that while they didn't post a sign in front of the building saying they were closed, I should have known about it because it was "on the news."
  • Huge canvases of mostly religious paintings. There is a small section showing Spanish ceramics and earthenware. The museum is too dark to see signages very cleary but it was bad customer service that really ruined it for me. The female receptionist showed a lot of attitude from the get-go, gave incomplete information, and was too lazy to even man the baggage deposit room. She was on her smartphone the whole time I was there.
  • This museum and library is rich in Spain's culture and setting of this place is like traveling to a different country. Definitely, a place to collect your thoughts and appreciate the artwork of Spain, Portugal, and Latin America.
  • One of the hidden gems of NYC. A wonderful wonderful place.

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