Latin America: The best art museums

Latin-American is known because of its different ways of offering entertainment through knowledge of touristic places, concerts, and culture; however, when talking about art, not everyone knows which places one should visit. Which are the best art museums of the continent?

In the past "Traveler's Choice" awards, Tripadvisor, a specialized page in recommendations for travelers, made a list of the 25 most valued museums. Among the best in the world were included the 5 favorites in Latin America, depending on the representative of their culture. The "top five" was made up of the following museums:

The Museum of Anthropology and History, located in Mexico City, preserves a pre-Hispanic legacy and each year has more than 2 million visitors from around the world. It was founded in 1963 by order of President Adolfo López Mateos and it is preferred by people who enjoy archeology, anthropology, and Mexican Republic history. It has 24 exhibition halls, of which 23 are permanent and the last is for temporary exhibitions of museums from other parts of the world.

Museum of the Richard Brennand Institute, in Brazil, is in the building with Gothic style that protects the collections of Pernambuco from the founder and collector Richard Brennand. It integrates a Pinoteca, the Museum of the Castle of San Juan, and the Library, since 2002. Among the most important things that it protects, there are works and artifacts from the 15th to the 21st century; for example, the collection of knives, among many others.

One of the most beautiful museums is the Larco Museum in Lima, Peru, because in that place visitors can breathe all that was and is the Peruvian culture today. It was founded in 1926, and since that year the museum has antiques and the most complete collection of Mochica art, which was one of the largest civilizations from the 1st to the 7th century AD. C. Additionally, there is the collection of erotic pottery, woven dresses, and cloaks that are more than 1,500 years old.

In Colombia, the Museum of Gold in Bogotá stands out, it is the largest pre-Hispanic goldsmith site in the world. This museum was founded in 1939 and today has 38 thousand metal objects. 20 thousand ceramic, bone, wood, and shell, all these with 500 to 2 thousand 500 years old. It is located in the Historic Center and, according to the Tripadvisor, it was ranked 23rd position of the best art museums that exist worldwide.

Among other museums that you should visit, due to their beauty and importance in the cultural reserve, there are: the Museum of Latin American Art, "Malba" in Buenos Aires, Argentina; the Soumaya Museum, in Mexico City; National Museum of Fine Arts, in Chile; Museum of Contemporary Art in the Venezuelan country, and finally The Napoleonic Museum in Cuba.

Latin American Post | Cristina Torres

Translated by Marcela Peñaloza


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