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Museum of the Americas

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  • Museum of the Americas, Madrid © Museo de América

    Museum of the Americas, Madrid © Museo de América

  • Helmet representing a bird's head. Museum of the Americas ©Turespaña

    Helmet representing a bird's head. Museum of the Americas ©Turespaña

  • Hat. Museum of the Americas ©Turespaña

    Hat. Museum of the Americas ©Turespaña

  

Category

Ethnography and anthropology

Owner

State
Avenida Reyes Católicos, 6
28040 Madrid
Madrid

Telephone+34 915492641

Fax+34 915446742

E-mailmuseo.america@mecd.es

Websitehttp://museodeamerica.mcu.es

Temporary exhibitions

All roads lead to America

The Museum of the Americas, with its permanent exhibitions, offers the chance to follow the footprints of the American cultures and to discover their singular way of facing up to the universal challenges of humanity.

With a magnificent collection of Pre-Columbian objects (like the ones from Peru and Guatemala), from the colonial period (Andean schools and from the viceroyalty of New Spain), and from the contemporary indigenous cultures (from the northwest coast of North America to the Amazon), and using anthropological discourse, with respect for all cultures, the Museum of the Americas offers the chance to look carefully at many objects, texts and images which have told true and invented facts about America. This way visitors will be able to see how the peoples and cultures evolved over more than 12,000 years of history, how models of society were formed, their contribution to the world of religion, and which intruments they used to communicate.

Essential works

Go to museum's collections
  • Charm. Museum of the Americas. Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Charm

    A charm made from a walrus tusk, decorated with extraordinary delicate details and one of the most relevant ethnographic works in the museum.

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  • Basket. Museum of the Americas. Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Basket

    This item has uncommon features, which makes it hard to say to which culture it belongs.

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  • Painting. 'Conquest of Mexico; Reception of Moctezuma' Museum of the Americas. Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Conquest of Mexico. Reception of Moctezuma [Extracted from the original]

    A significant event in history painted by Juan and Miguel González, the most famous "enconchado" artists.

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  • Painting Races; From Spanish man and Mestiza woman, Castiza'. Museum of the Americas. Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

    From Spanish man and Mestiza woman, Castiza (From the original. Top right hand corner)

    It is part of the paint genre known as "casta painting" and the artist, Miguel Cabrera, is the most recognised by his contemporaries.

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  • Figure. Museum of the Americas. Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Figure

    A female sculpture that represents the goddess "Chalchiuhtlicue" or the "Woman in the jade skirt". She is the goddess of water and rain, and therefore, of fertility.

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  • Mask. Museum of the Americas. Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Mask

    Decorative element used in the last festival of the ceremony cycle that is held at the end of June - the "tawa", in the southeast of the Amazon.

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  • Incense burner. Museum of the Americas. Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Incense burner

    Domestic use item used to hold substances that perfumed the atmosphere.

     

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  • Archangel Michael. Museum of the Americas. Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Archangel Michael

    The Archangel Michael is depicted following the traditional models that show the angel subjugating Satan. It is a very frequent scene, both in painting and sculpture, in European art and in the viceroyalties.
     

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  • Painting. 'Spanish lady with her black woman slave'. Museum of the Americas

    Spanish lady with her black woman slave [Extracted from the original]

    This painting is closely connected to the scientific purposes of the expeditions across America in the 18th century to provide information on the different kingdoms of Nature.

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  • Hat. Museum of the Americas. Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Hat

    An exceptional item which enables the analysis of cultural harmony produced in the Amazon region between the Indian communities and the Spanish who arrived in the area.

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Temporary exhibitions

  • Xipe-Totec priest wearing a woman’s skin, Veracruz, Remojadas culture, mid-Classic period (400-700 BCE) © Museo de América

    Trans Program. Museum of the Americas

    The Museum of the Americas hosts the 'Trans* Program', exhibitions and activities about transexuality and gender identity, part of a series of events held to support World Pride Madrid 2017.

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Collections

The museum's collection is part of the collective catalogue of the Digital Network of Spanish Museum Collections (CERES), conceived as a space for dissemination which enables visitors to browse the various museum collections using the identifying features of each item (author, type of object, iconography, etc.).


Come and visit

Timetables

Tuesday to Thursday

9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Thursday

Does not close at midday

9:30 AM to 7:00 PM

Public holidays

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Closing days: Monday

Rates

General: €3

Reduced: €1,50

Children: Free admission

Students: Free admission

Disabled persons: Free admission

Large families: Free admission

ICOM members and associations: Free admission

Sunday

Free admission

Admission free: Thursday from 2 pm

Services

Audio guide

Café / restaurant

Shop

Accessibility

Lift

Wheelchairs

Reservations

Telephone: +34 915439437

Website: http://entradasmuseos.mecd.es/ventaonline/portada.aspx

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