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“Poorly conceived museum”
Review of Museo de America

Museo de America
Ranked #102 of 838 things to do in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

The entry fee is very affordable at three euros, but it is still not worth it. The exhibits are organized according to five themes, rather than being organized chronologically, which causes the flow of the museum to seem disjointed. The museum does not have any signs in english or audio-guides available in English. And most importantly, it is not near any of the other major tourist sights in Madrid. The only notable attractions in the museum are an ancient Mayan text and a journal with a first-hand account of an Aztec sacrifice ceremony. These are located at the very end of the self-guided tour, and are not worth the trip and entry fee.

1  Thank ktarns
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"interesting museum"
in 11 reviews
"spanish conquest"
in 4 reviews
"gold pieces"
in 3 reviews
"aztec calendar"
in 3 reviews
"observation tower"
in 3 reviews
"ancient maya"
in 2 reviews
"relief map"
in 2 reviews
"english brochure"
in 2 reviews
"museum's collection"
in 2 reviews
"non spanish speakers"
in 2 reviews
"euro coin"
in 2 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 9 reviews
"amazing things"
in 2 reviews
"worth the effort"
in 3 reviews
"varied collection"
in 2 reviews
"metro station"
in 4 reviews
"we spent hours"
in 2 reviews

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Reviewed June 1, 2013

Good interesting museum although disappointing that none of the exhibits were even labelled in English. Coffee shop was shut as was the shop despite being a busy day. The museum is not well signposted and was hard to find

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Reviewed May 30, 2013

This enjoyable museum is NW of central Madrid and is off the usual tourist map. Take the metro to Plaza de Espana for Debod Temple and Cerralbo Museum (both free and very good) then continue on the metro to Moncloa for this museum. Exit to the north and look for the observation tower. The museum is right next to it, about a 10 minute walk. Entrance is free on Sunday (just 3 euro otherwise). Closed Monday. Late hours during the summer. A nice collection, summarized in other reviews here.

6  Thank efsch
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

This is a really interesting museum covering South and Central America, its peoples, history and place within the history of the Spanish empire. There are many exhibits ranging from animal specimens, jewellery, pottery, fabrics, manuscripts, paintings and also some modern reconstructions and very informative maps. Many sections are book-ended with quotations from relevant figures of the time such as Columbus and Cortés. Like other reviewers, I was disappointed that the explanations were solely in Spanish and I think this is an area that the museum should look at in order to attract more visitors. This museum seems to be overlooked as it is a little further from the center of Madrid, but it is still very easy to get to on the metro. The building itself is also very interesting to walk around, as it is in the form of a traditional church cloister with a central garden, though it's actually of modern construction and was never originally a religious building.
All round this is well worth a visit if you're interested in the subject, but remember to grab an audioguide if you do't speak much Spanish!

2  Thank coarica
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

The Museum of the Americas is 10 minutes away from central Madrid on the subway, and well worth the trip. I'd recommend starting at the end, because the section on the 5th floor about Communication is where the real treasures are -- in particular a number of rare surviving manuscripts and texts in pre-Columbian languages. I could have spent hours looking at these! Some of the earlier galleries are full of museum-of-anthropology style reconstructions of daily life, which, while interesting, are far from unique. However, although I really enjoyed my visit, I also felt that it would helped if someone on the ticket counter had pointed out that there was an English audioguide available -- something I have only found out after my visit! Every text inside the museum is in Spanish only.... The place is almost deserted, so it wasn't as though there was no time or chance for the staff to point out the audioguide to us! In theory there's a cafeteria, but it was closed when we visited

4  Thank ChrisfromLondon
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