Hispanic Society of America

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Located in Harlem, the Hispanic Society of America is one of New York's most unknown treasures with its spectacular collection of paintings, which can be visited for free, and its no less spectacular library.

NOTE: From January of 2017 until fall of 2019, the Hispanic Society will be closed for renovation works. From these same pages we will let you know when the museum reopens.

Founded by Archer Milton Huntington at 1904, it opens its doors at its current location on Broadway, between 155th and 156th streets, at 1908.

The collection of the Hispanic Society

The Hispanic Society has a spectacular Spanish painting collection. Among his paintings by 800, his collection of Goya (highlighting his portrait of the Duchess of Alba dressed in black), Velázquez, Murillo, Zurbarán or El Greco, and one of the largest Sorolla collections in the world, with more than 200 works of the Valencian artist.

Commissioned by the Hispanic Society, Sorolla he painted 14 murals from 1913 to 1919 that he titled Vision of Spain, and that we can enjoy on the ground floor of the institution, just enter the right, in a room where we find all these spectacular murals costumbristas. Without a doubt if Sorolla is one of your favorite painters the visit to Hispanic Society will be obligatory for you.

Vision of Spain, of Sorolla, in the Hispanic Society
Vision of Spain, of Sorolla

The library of the Hispanic Society

In addition to the museum, the institution It has one of the best Hispanic libraries in the world, his collection of manuscripts being considered the most outstanding outside of Spain, with more than 15.000 books printed before 1701, among which more than 250 incunables stand out as a version of the Celestina, by 1499, a first edition of Don Quixote, a World Map of Juan Vespucio, of 1525, or documents such as the first Royal Charter of Castile, that of Aguilar de Campoo. Almost all of them come from the Marqués de Jerez de los Caballeros collection, which was acquired by Huntington at 1904, and when he learned of his loss, Menéndez y Pelayo said that it was a loss greater than that of Cuba.

The twentieth century also highlights his collection of letters, manuscripts and signed editions of Rubén Darío, Unamuno, Juan Ramón Jiménez, Emilia Pardo Bazán, Federico García Lorca and Antonio Machado, many of whom are personal friends of Huntington.

Library of the Hispanic Society
Library of the Hispanic Society of America

Undoubtedly, the Hispanic Society of America is a spectacular museum, quite quiet, and you can enjoy without great stress and taking the time you want.

Schedule of the Hispanic Society

  • From Tuesday to Sunday: From 10 in the morning to 4: 30 in the afternoon.
  • Closed Monday.

Rates (year 2017)

Access is free, although a donation of $ 10 per person is suggested for the conservation of the collection.

Access is not allowed with backpacks, which must be left in a room enabled for this right next to the access door.

How to get to the Hispanic Society?

  • Metro: Line 1 (157th street) or Line C (155th street)
  • Bus: Line M4 or M5 (155th street)

More information from the Hispanic Society

From January of 2017 until fall of 2019 the Hispanic Society will be closed for renovation works. For more information about the Hispanic Society and to know the activities and temporary exhibitions that take place there, I recommend visiting the Official website of the museum, in English.

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