El Museo del Barrio

Location: Heckscher Building, 1230 Fifth Ave., New York When Puerto Rican educators, artists and community activists founded El Museo del Barrio in 1969, they envisioned an educational institution that would reflect the richness of their culture. Thirty years later, as New York City‘s only Latino museum dedicated to Puerto Rican, Caribbean and Latin American art, El Museo retains its strong community roots as a place of cultural pride and self-discovery, yet projects itself nationally through exciting exhibitions and programs. Into the new millenium, El Museo del Barrio will continue to offer a forum for the unique creative languages of the varied communities of Caribbean and Latin American descent, and to provide positive role models for cultural exchange. El Museo del Barrio possesses an extremely varied, 8,000-object collection of Caribbean and Latin American art, unique in the Eastern region of the United States. The works range from pre-Columbian vessels to contemporary installations.