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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  • July 24, 2017
    The Palace is worth a visit more than is exposed. Who knows, in the future, all the rooms will have exposure. Today, 25/07/2017, it is worth visiting the Palace and have a coffee in an environment and take a picture with a special totem in saluda.
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  • July 21, 2017
    The Museum building is quite beautiful but was pretty decayed and in spite of the three stories, the collection was very small. Several of the rooms were closed.
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  • July 11, 2017
    We arrived at the Museum at the time opened, only had us and the staff. At the entrance they charged us 100 pesos per person. As we are students, we paid half price, and we initiated the visit. 3 floors of ancient architecture, is pretty cool but the building was undergoing reconstruction of some parts. few works, pouquissimas indigenous parts, in just one floor. The rest were expositions of art students, fashion. Maybe being in retirement, but seemed abandoned. Almost equal to several museums here in Brazil. I thought you would know more about the pre-Colombian and indigenous history of uruguay and South america and broke my face and lost 200 pesos.
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  • April 14, 2017
    Very interesting and the building is amazing! Unfortunately part of the museum was closed due to remodeling but it was worth the visit.
  • July 4, 2016
    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.
  • January 13, 2017
    Ok place. Not the biggest exhibition
  • September 15, 2016
    There were a lot of closed rooms and no actually much to see. =/
  • May 2, 2016
    Pre columbine museum.

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