Madrid Museo de America visits offer tremendous insight into the days when Spain was the world's most powerful empire. Starting with Columbus's 1492 voyage to the Americas, Spain opened up a centuries-long campaign of dominance in the New World. During this nearly 400-year-long campaign, Spain came to control most of the New World. Modern-day Latin America was where they had the most influence and staked their largest claims. The Museo de America features relics of all kinds that relate to the era when Spain ruled Latin America, and while the permanent exhibits are interesting enough, temporary exhibits that largely revolve around Latin American themes only serve to offer added depth.
The Museum of America Madrid, as it is known in English, is housed in a splendid building that can be found on the northwest side of the city near the university. For history buffs, the museum's collections of pre-Columbian and Spanish-American relics are a joy to examine, as is the collection of Native American artifacts. As for the specific pieces that are on display, highlights include Moche pottery from Peru, a Mayan urn, and a Spanish battle helmet from the 1500s. You can also view interesting paintings at the Madrid Museo de America, including some that depict the racial intermingling that went on in the Americas.
The permanent exhibits at the Museum of America Madrid are divided into five major themes and are spread out over two floors. The major exhibit themes relate to the discovery of America, how Latin America came to be what it is today, the different cultures and societies of the Americas, the mixing of religions, and language and communication. Should you be interested in the history of Spain and the history of Latin America, these exhibits should prove to be very fascinating.
As is true of many Madrid museums, the Madrid Museo de America is free on Sundays. On all other days, the rates are more than reasonable. Hours of operation are 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Should you be taking the Metro to get to the Museum of America Madrid, the closest stops are the Moncloa Station and the Islas Filipinas Station.