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“Interesting cultural museum in Spanish Harlem”

El Museo del Barrio
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Owner description: Art museum displaying works of different artists from Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
London, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Interesting cultural museum in Spanish Harlem”
Reviewed March 1, 2012

El Museo del Barrio is a small but colorful museum located on 5th Avenue near the north end of Central Park. When we visited there was a great exhibition (The S Files), the Museo's sixth biennial featuring work by emerging Latino artists working in the greater New York area. Unfortunately, the cafe closed before the museum (or at least it did on the day we visited) so we weren't able to eat there. The Museum of the City of New York is only a block away and the two make a good day out.

Visited December 2011
1 Thank jasher
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Brooklyn, New York
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“Latin culture forever!!!”
Reviewed February 26, 2012

Calling ALL parents!! please introduce your kids to this gem of culture & history and then keep on coming... as they update their art every couple of months. Kids and adults benefit from the regular events hosted by El Museo del Barrio.

2 Thank Celster1
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Palm Springs, California
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“An undiscovered museum inthe heart of NYC”
Reviewed October 25, 2011

Had been to NYC before and had seen many of the great sites and museums, but I ventured out and went to El Museo del Barrio on 5th Ave. The museum specializes in Caribbean, Latino, & Latin American art. I had been there many years ago, but the museum has grown in space and sophistication, I enjoyed it and will be back again.,

Visited December 2010
1 Thank Felizmujer
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“Off The Beaten Track Treasure”
Reviewed August 1, 2011

Make a point of booking the Saturday walking tour of Spanish Harlem. It leaves at 11:30 from Museo del Barrio. You must pre-book. We were treated to an enthusiastic and passionate tour by Luke Nephew of the Peace Poets. We got to meet the people of the neighbourhood and visit the places they hang out at. Best of all, Luke encouraged interaction with all the participants of the tour so it was quite interactive. It is a neighbourhood in transition with a very proud heritage.

Visited July 2011
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Nashville, Tennessee
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“Not Representative of El Barrio”
Reviewed October 28, 2010

Admittedly, I am not a scholar of El Barrio; nonetheless, I know that the area has, for the past eighty years been a place of cultural blending because its cheap housing attracted the poorest of immigrants, and later African Americans and Puerto Ricans. It should be mentioned that the heroin trade in the early 1990s played a huge role in El Barrio's economy (underground or otherwise), and with that said, El Museo del Barrio pays little attention to the area's pain. Instead, its two main rooms of galleries are filled with mixed media, including photography, paintings, and film.
By no means am I necessarily discrediting this museum; it's fine. However, I am questioning the accuracy of the cultural representation exhibited by the museum. If you want to see Nuyorican art, this is a good place, but if you are looking to gain a better insight into the dynamics of the pain, poverty, and deprivation that comprise a better part of El Barrio's history, then this museum will, regretfully, disappoint.

Thank tmv2005
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