El Museo del Barrio

Explore New York City's hub for Latin culture, expression and art at the El Museo del Barrio located across the street from Central Park!

A Cultural Hub

Being part of New York City’s iconic Museum Mile, El Museo del Barrio works to preserve and uphold the culture and lifestyle of the Caribbean and Latin American people. Engaging with the youth and create a new generation of museum-goers is also a mission that the Museo strives to complete. El Museo del Barrio was founded and created in 45 years ago by Raphael Montañez Ortiz an artist and teacher along with a coalition of parents, educators, artists, and activists. They were working to fight back against the neglecting of Latino artists in mainstream museums. El Museo del Barrio showcases the Caribbean and Latin American artists of the national and international art world. This, in turn, allows Caribbean and Latin youth to gain interest, a voice and a place in the world of art and museums.

Plan Your Visit to El Museo del Barrio

The admission for El Museo del Barrio is on a suggested donation basis. It is recommended $9 for adults, $5 student and seniors, free for children, and free for seniors on Wednesday, making it one of New York’s most affordable museums. There is no shortage of ways to explore, either. You can attend guided tours, where there will be a bilingual guide who is an expert in the field. There are hands-on workshops which is a perfect way for children and families to learn about the culture. There is also a self-guided tour that is made for you and five people or more. Be sure to check out La Tienda, the museum store, to see and buy some pieces of art or just some souvenirs.

Current Exhibits

UnoxUno: Miguel Trelles

This exhibition highlights the Puerto Rican printmaker and painter Miguel Trelles. The artist’s chino-latino painting series mimics and reimagines the classic Chinese painting along with Latin American creativity and makes for a wonderful exhibit of modern Latino art.

Virtual Collections 

In partnership with the New York Latino Film Festival, the museum features documentaries and films on its website for viewers to watch at home. This is an immersive way to gather individuals from all over the world to experience a culture of art virtually. Some upcoming virtual events include a virtual tour of the exhibition Soy Isla by Zilia Sanchez via Zoom. Visit El Museo Del Barrio’s website to tune in to online virtual sessions.  

Getting to El Museo Del Barrio

Experience the El Museo del Barrio via Amtrak to Penn Station in New York City—Don’t forget to use the New York By Rail 15% discount!

Where to Stay in NYC

Looking for a getaway opportunity? Spend the night and experience all New York City has to offer. Take a look at these great hotel options—some offering exclusive New York By Rail discounts!