El Museo del Barrio

El Museo Del Barrio

Credit Carucha Meuse

This wonderful institution, founded 40 years ago by visionary artist and educator Rapheal Montanez Ortiz and a concerned coalition of parents, educators, artists, and activists who noted that mainstream museums largely ignored Latino artists, El Museo holds fast to its commitment of celebrating, interpreting and promoting Caribbean and Latino art culture while providing an educational forum offering an enhanced understanding of its rich and colorful contribution to North America-historically and today. A cornerstone of El Barrio and a truly valuable New York City resource, its colorful, authentic and exotic collection of over 6,500 objects and artifacts spans over 800 years of Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino art history. While in the area, you can’t help but be enchanted by local colors and rhythms-El Museo offers “Around the Block” walking tours -an absolutely immersive, sensory-rich exploration of a variety of neighborhood locations- if you’ve saved room for lunch, plenty of delightful authentic options will appeal to the foodies in your group!

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