THIRTEEN member week at El Museo! Wednesday, September 25, through Wednesday, October 2, THIRTEEN Members and a guest enjoy free admission, plus a 10% discount from La Tienda, El Museo’s gift shop.

El Museo del Barrio

El Museo del Barrio is one of the foremost Latin American cultural institutions in the United States. Its permanent collection—10,000 paintings, sculptures, photographs, works on paper, films, pre-Columbian objects and farm and household implements—illustrates for a visitor the Latin American culture of astounding depth and richness. Regular exhibitions in the museum’s first-floor galleries display these holdings in a variety of contemporary and historical contexts.

The museum also offers bilingual screenings of classic and contemporary Latin American films; a variety of live musical, dramatic and dance performances; workshops; lectures; scholarly symposiums; festivals; special educational programs for children; an artist’s register and a residency program for artists and writers.

El Museo del Barrio was founded in 1969 in a public school classroom in Spanish Harlem. In 1977 it moved to its present location along the city’s celebrated Museum Mile in the city-owned Heckscher Pavilion.

Foreign-language Programs
The museum hosts many events that feature the Spanish language in song and word, including a Spanish-language book club. Most events are appropriate for both Spanish and English speakers.

Family Day: At this semi-annual festival (October and June), families enjoy guided tours of the current exhibitions, artist-led workshops, live music and storytelling.

El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead): In early November, El Museo del Barrio hosts a family celebration of the ancient Mexican holiday. Families learn about the holiday’s customs, and enjoy guided tours of the current exhibitions, artist-led workshops, live music and performance.

Three Kings Day Parade and Celebration: In early January, this colorful event, popular throughout the Spanish-speaking world, celebrates the holiday spirit of generosity and hope. Visitors join the Three Kings and their live camels and donkeys as they weave their way through the streets of East Harlem in this traditional festival of the Epiphany, which ends the Christmas season.

Family Programs: A new, monthly bilingual (English-Spanish) program offers families an opportunity to explore Latin American and Caribbean art and culture together. Featuring a new theme each month, workshops provide a variety of activities for children and their adult partners including artist-led gallery talks, art workshops, music and film programs. Workshops are designed for children ages 5-11 (ages vary by workshop) and are offered on the 3rd Saturday of each month.

Students explore the art and culture of Latin America and the Caribbean on guided tours or workshops. Guided tours, led by artist educators, reflect the museum’s approach of engaging students in dialogue while looking at selected works of art. Workshops build upon observation skills and offer a hands-on experience. After an abbreviated tour in the galleries, artist educators facilitate an art-making experience for the students in El Museo’s Taller, or studio workshop.


  • Disability Access
  • Fully accessible. Wheelchairs available on first-come, first-served basis. Call (212) 660-7110 for more information.

  • Disability Assistance
  • El Teatro is equipped with an assistive listening system (headsets and neck loops), free of charge with identification at the box office.

  • Gift Shops
  • La Tienda Tues-Sa 11 am-6 pm, Wed 11 am-9 pm, Sunday 1-5 pm Whether it's a one-of-a-kind mask, a pair of earrings, an impossible-to-find CD or the latest journal of contemporary Latino art, discover it all at La Tienda. Gifts, books and eye-catching objects are by artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, and New York City.

  • On-Site Food
  • El Cafe Tues-Sat 11 am-5 pm, Wed 11 am-9 pm, Sunday 1-5 pm Experience the tastes of Latin America and Caribbean cuisine at EL Museo's El cafe, offering a daily menu of delicious Latino-inspired meals, including empanadas, ceviche, tacos and more.

Special Offers

  • Free Admission
  • Senior Discount
  • Senior citizens receive free admission all day on Wednesday. The third Saturday of the month, the museum offers free admission. Admission is free on Wednesday evenings, 6-9 pm.

    This offer is ongoing

El Museo del Barrio

1230 Fifth Avenue

(between 104th and 105th Streets)

New York, NY 10029

(212) 831-7272

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Subway: 6 to 103rd Street. Walk one block north to 104th Street, then two blocks west to Fifth Avenue. Or, 2 or 3 to 110th Street and Lenox Avenue; walk one block east to Fifth Avenue, then south to 104th Street. Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4 to 104th Street.


Tue11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


    • Suggested admission: $9 adults; $5 students and seniors; free for members and children under 12


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    • Membership Program

      $75 Familia Membership includes free gallery admission for your immediate family, invitations to all exhibition openings, select member events, and discounts throughout the year. A $300 Family Circle Membership includes all of those benefits plus invitations to four Family Circle events a year, geared toward providing a more intimate experience and closer interactions between children and El Museo educators.