About the Museum


The Museum of the Americas (Museo de América) houses an impressive collection of over 25,000 artefacts, mostly from South and Central America, but also from the northern part of the continent. The collection was moved to the current building in 1962 after a long spell in the National Archaeological Museum. The displays place special emphasis on Pre-Columbian art, archaeology and ways of life, as well as the scientific advancements in the west which led to Europeans reaching the Americas. The exhibitions describe the different societies which have occupied the Continent since prehistory, their myths and beliefs, and what archaeological finds can tell us about how they lived. Apart from opening the doors to its collections, the Museum hosts a diverse programme of conferences, seminars and courses, as well as music, dance, theatre and activities for children.

(Photo: Wikimedia Commons: Luis Garcia)

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