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Hispanic Society of America, New York City
(4.7/5 based on 90+ reviews on the web)
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 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 »
  • If you come to New York to visit. I love you very much. I think to those who like Spain painting here. The exhibition building itself is nice, really nice. Enjoy the bliss. Gift shop is small but mean a donation, buy something absolutely has to.
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  • This museum is free, maybe this is the reason you can see few person inside, this is our style of life, if it is very expensive it is a good museum. Here you can find paints of Velazquez, Goya, Greco,...  more »
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  • 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.
  • I have gone to this museum but I wish I would go more often esp. on Saturday when there is a tour available. I've been on the tour and it is fantastic. The murals are great. And there is stuff from Latin America I think a silver set and paintings with shells and something on Emperor Montesuma's (?) daughter marrying a Spaniard and begining meztizoism. Thank you.
  • We took our children here this morning to participate in a group kids session and had a great time. It was set up like an informal art class, right there in the museum itself. It reminded me of my art classes in my university days, except it was geared at young kids 10 and younger. The program directors, Cristina and Marta, were really fantastic. I would recommend taking your kids here for one of these sessions if you can. The sesions are conducted in Spanish and are a great tool for the kids (and parents) to meet other families and gain education in Spanish.
  • Beautiful museum, art and painters work exposed there are just fabulous! I never miss a chance to visit.