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EL Museo del Barrio (Museum of Spanish Harlem)

Listed under National History Museums in New York City, United States.

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El Museo del Barrio, or the Museum of Spanish Harlem to those of us with less Spanish, is a museum dedicated to this part of town, its inhabitants, and its history. Part of that is the history that happened before there was a Spanish Harlem, when the forebears of the people who brought their culture here were still living in Latin America or the Caribbean.

There's a focus on Puerto Rican art, but there's also an extensive collection of pre-Columbian pieces – art and artefacts.

More modern works tend to appear in the gallery as temporary exhibitions, but there are plenty of them. The museum is also involved in many local artistic events, endeavours and entertainments.

El Museo del Barrio doesn't look like a museum from the outside, it looks more like an apartment building, and the museum only takes up a small part of the building it's housed in, but don't be put off by the size or by the Spanish title – there's plenty to see and the exhibitions have explanation text in both Spanish and English.

Written by  Andrew Armour.

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