Explore the echoes of American cultures, from prehistoric times to the present day and from Alaska to Tierra de Fuego, through the museum’s various collections.
The permanent exhibit, which includes collections from the pre-Hispanic era, from the colonial era, and ethnographic collections, invites us to take a journey through American cultural and social diversity within five thematic areas: discovering America, American Reality, Society, Religion and Communication. Along this journey, you’ll be able to discover some of the highlights of the museum’s collection, such as the Codex Tro-Cortesianus, one of only three surviving Mayan codices in the world; the Quimbaya Treasure, a unique set of pre-Hispanic Colombian metalwork; the “enconchados” (nacre incrustation) series, the caste series, and magnificent folding screens, all of which date from the New Spain Viceroyalty; feathered headdresses and adornments from Amazonian cultures; helmets, collars and armour from the north-western North American coast, and many more objects that will accompany you as you explore the American continent and its cultures.
The museum has an interesting activity schedule for this summer season, which is dedicated to gender identity and transgender issues, coinciding with the World Pride 2017 celebrations in Madrid. The Trans* Programme, which was inaugurated on 17 May this year, consists of four photography exhibits and a temporary exhibition which looks at what it means to be transgender from an anthropological, historical and artistic perspective, along with a series of conferences and musical and theatrical activities.
The temporary exhibition Trans. Diversidad de identidades y roles de género (Diverse Identities and Gender Roles), which will be open to visitors between 23 June and 24 September, uses paintings, sculptures, pottery, photographs, clothing, and other historical, artistic, and ethnographic material to give an overview of gender identity, showing how transgender individuals have always been present in cultures from all over the world.
TRANS* crowdfunding project
The Asociación de Amigos del Museo de América (Friends of the Museo de América Association, ADAMA) has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise the necessary funds to acquire works of art which would raise awareness of Trans individuals’ presence and cultural contributions and artistic representations of Trans individuals in traditional cultures, thus contributing to the creation of the first transgender heritage collection focused on traditional indigenous non-Western cultures (preferably American).
If you would like to participate in this campaign and play your part in increasing LGBTI visibility in Spanish museums, you can do so via the Verkami platform.
Trans exhibition exceptional openings. Diversidad de identidades y roles de género (Diverse Identities and Gender Roles) coinciding with the World Pride Madrid 2017 celebrations from 6. pm to 9. pm on 27, 28 and 30 June.
Closed on Mondays, 1 January, 1 May, 24, 25 and 31 December, 6 January and one local public holiday.