Located on New York City’s Upper East Side, on the Fifth Avenue Museum Mile is the City’s leading Latino cultural institution, El Museo Del Barrio. Featuring collections, exhibitions, performing arts events, cultural celebrations, festivals and bilingual educational programs from the cultures of the Caribbean and Latin American, it is more than just a museum; it is a center of cultural pride. With the goal of not only presenting but preserving and interpreting the art and culture of Puerto Ricans and all Latin Americans in the United States El Museo Del Barrio was founded by Raphael Montañez Ortiz and a coalition of educators, parents, artists and activists in 1969. Displays include nearly 7,000 objects made over the course of 800 years including artifacts, traditional arts, twentieth-century drawings, paintings, sculptures, installations, prints, photography, documentary films and video. Visit the Galleries and Store in the Museum from 11am-6pm Wednesday to Sunday. El Café is open on the museum grounds from 11am-5pm Wednesday to Sunday. Admissions are suggested donations, with a suggested amount of $6 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, free for kids under 12 and free for all guests every third Saturday of the month. Arrive at the museum by Subway on the 2, 3 and 6 trains, or by bus on the M1, M2, M3 or M4.
With its Upper East Side Museum Mile location, El Museo Del Barrio is nearby other world-famous attractions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, the International Center of Photography, the Jewish Museum, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Neue Galerie New York, the Fifth and Madison Avenue shopping districts and Central Park. Visitors may choose from area accommodations like the Hotel Wales, the Franklin Hotel, the Park Lane Helmsley Hotel, Wanderers Inn, the Courtyard Marriott New York Manhattan/Upper East Side and the Jumeirah Essex House.
For more information about El Museo Del Barrio or to plan a visit, see the official webpage, at: www.elmuseo.org.