Museum of Pre-Columbian and Indigenous, Montevideo

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Discover the pre-colonial history of Uruguay at Museum of Pre-Columbian and Indigenous. Featuring three halls for both permanent displays and rotating exhibits, part of the focus here is on Uruguayan artifacts and crafts from the pre-Columbian era. The museum also devotes considerable attention to the rest of Latin America, including displays of pieces aged up to 3,000 years. Check the schedule of events ahead of arrival, as the museum frequently hosts seminars, workshops, and conferences. During your visit, take note of the building itself: constructed in 1888, it gained the status of National Historic Landmark in 1986 thanks to its eclectic architecture. Information within the museum is available in both English and Spanish. Use our Montevideo vacation planner to add Museum of Pre-Columbian and Indigenous and other attractions to your Montevideo vacation plans.
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  • Most of the pre-colombian and all indigenous exhibits were closed for renovation. The only sparse ones we saw were of Mexican cultures. Cost is 100 pesos. Not worth the money or little time it require...  more »
  • One floor of pre-Columbian stuff (from all over) and then a really great set of photos from Siberia. Don't expect a great or comprehensive pre-Columbian collection but the Siberian stuff makes up for ...  more »
  • I was disappointed in this museum. The pre-Columbian art section of the museum is subdivided into geographical sections but is small and not particularly remarkable, especially when compared to that o...  more »
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  • Very interesting and the building is amazing! Unfortunately part of the museum was closed due to remodeling but it was worth the visit.
  • Interesting works on display present the history of indigenous populations in the area including music instruments. It does feel rather limited, and you could easily take your time with each work on display and still leave in one hour. One of the highlights is definitely the augmented reality display on the underground level. Also interesting for those into architecture.
  • Ok place. Not the biggest exhibition
  • There were a lot of closed rooms and no actually much to see. =/
  • Pre columbine museum.

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