Museo de America, Madrid

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    Museo de America

    by GentleSpirit Updated May 25, 2013

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    The only museum of its kind in Madrid. Gives an excellent presentation of the Americas (South and North) before and after European "discovery." Though it emphasizes Spain's two most important colonies, Peru and Mexico, there is a good variety of presentations, all extremely well done.

    The most important holding is the Madrid Codex, one of the few Maya codices still in existence, a real treasure. The codices were the written records of Maya civilization, destroyed en masse by the conquering Spaniards. The primary order for their destruction came from religious authorities, whose interest was in destroying any material deemed heretical and to pave the way for the mass conversion to Christianity of the natives.

    The museum is nicely laid out and the collection is outstanding. Naturally, there is a lot of gold and precious metals, but the feather collections and ceramics are not to be missed. For me this is a must-see museum. Give yourself at least two or three hours to see it.

    note- photography allowed, no flash

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    Museo de America

    by keeweechic Written Sep 25, 2009

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    The Museo de America houses some amazing treasures which were shipped to Spain by Pizarro, Cortes and Columbus and came from the colonization of parts of the Americas. Spread over two floors, the rarest piece is a Mayan Codice Trocortesiano from Mexico which dates from AD 1250-1500. This piece is a type of parchment which features illustrations of heroglyphic scenes depicting every day life. Other items are solid gold ornaments, the Treasure of the Quimbayas, from Colombia

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    Museo de Americas

    by el_ruso Written May 3, 2007

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    Museum of the Americas is located in Moncloa next to the university. It has a big collection, but it is sorted by themes, rather than countries, and the result IMO is confusing. Collection is rich and varied, and even though it is inferior to similar museums in Latin America proper, it would be a fascinating introduction to anyone who has not been there yet. I just wish it were organized differently. Across the highway there is a large and beautifully landscaped park.

    BEWARE! The place CLOSES VERY EARLY at 3 pm. Also make sure you exit the side of the avenue next to it because you will not be able to cross the highway in front. Just look for a very tall tower. The museum is right next to it.

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    Unique Museum in Madrid

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Feb 11, 2014

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    Madrid is, without any doubt, the most cultural city in the world if we take into account the incredible amount of museums that it shelters. No other city can boast of having the triangle of culture composed by the three outstanding museums of El Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofia, which together form the greatest concentration of works of art in the world.
    But apart from these three museums, some others in Madrid are also to be considered as the best of its kind in the world, such as the Museo Naval, the Museo Sorolla, Museo Nacional de Antropología, and a very long etcetera. One of the most originals is the museum devoted to America, which I visited at the beginning of the year 2014.
    The museum is located close to the Metro station Moncloa. It has only two floors, but very rich in artifacts explaining the pre Columbian civilization in Spanish speaking America.
    At the entrance of the museum there is the statue devoted to Vasco Núñez de Balboa, who was the first European to sight the South Seas (Pacific Ocean), from today Panama, in the year 1513, and a reproduction of the Santa María caravel.
    Inside the museum (entrance fee is very cheap) there are didactic films and many signs explaining with much richness the history of the period before Columbus in America, as well as the history during the Spanish colonization.
    Most of the works of art are from Mexico, Peru and Colombia, but all the rest of the countries (Guatemala, Bolivia, Venezuela, etc., and also from USA and Brazil), are also represented in the over 2500 pieces exposed in that museum (over 23.000 more works of art are not in that exposition for lack of space).
    After two hours (I was in a hurry, but the museum deserves at least 3 hours) I left the museum and travelled back to Barcelona, by bus.

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    Museo de America

    by iandsmith Updated Aug 30, 2002

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    Real gold!

    This is a museum that shows some of the oodles of stuff that they plundered from the Americas. It also has other exhibits such as how natives lived over there and an amazing model of a palace that you must see if you go there. There are still some gold pieces that didn't get melted down and a variety of other things. I wouldn't put it on the top of your list but it is worthy of a visit if you're in the area.

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