Wed-Sun, 11am-5pm; Mon-Tue, closed
6 at 103rd St.
$6, $4 students, free for children under 12
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Founded by Puerto Rican educators and activists in 1969, El Museo del Barrio holds exhibitions of Latino artists and explores Latino culture in educational and community programs. Shows vary in focus from the historical to the creative. On-site performances have included the Carpentier Quartet's performances of Mexican music, and a public dialogue with experts on Emiliano Zapata. The museums collection displays assorted forms of Latino art production: graphic art, Taíno artifacts, and contemporary painting and photography. Originally housed in classrooms and storefronts, the museum moved to the neo-classical Heckscher building—built in 1921 to house an orphanage—on Fifth Avenue in 1977. The building not only houses el Museo, but also the Boys and Girls Harbor, and most spectacularly The Heckscher Theater, a 599-seat space decorated with the 1924 murals "Scenes from Children’s Literature." El Museo hosts films, performances, lectures, dances, and community celebrations in the theatre—including a Dia de los Muertos party and a Three Kings Day parade.Tours
Guided tours, private lectures, and hands-on workshops are available for kids and adult school groups: Tue., 10 a.m.—2 p.m. and Wed.—Sat., 11 a.m.—4 p.m.
This 8-week artist residency program helps educators integrate El Museo's art and mission into curricula.