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El Museo del Barrio

1230 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10029 40.79303 -73.952059
at 104th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-831-7272 Send to Phone

Courtesy of El Museo del Barrio

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La Tienda: Wed-Thu, noon-4pm; Fri, 9am-5pm; Las Galerias will be closed until Fall 2018

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 103rd St.


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$9, $5 students, free for members and children under 12; free for seniors on Wednesdays

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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.


Guided tours, private lectures, and hands-on workshops are available for kids and adult school groups. Check website for details.

Classroom Connections
This 8-week artist residency program helps educators integrate El Museo's art and mission into curricula.