Hispanic Society of America, New York City

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The Hispanic Society of America is a museum and reference library for the study of the arts and cultures of Spain and Portugal and their former colonies in Latin America, the Philippines, and Portuguese India. Despite the name, it has never functioned as a learned society.

Founded in 1904 by philanthropist Archer M. Huntington, the institution continues to operate at its original location in a 1908 Beaux Arts building on Audubon Terrace (at 155th Street and Broadway) in the lower Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City in the United States. A second building, on the north side of the terrace, was added in 1930. Exterior sculpture in front of that building includes work by Anna Hyatt Huntington and nine major reliefs by the Swiss-American sculptor Berthold Nebel, a commission that took ten years to complete. The Hispanic Society complex was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2012.

The museum and library have been closed since 2017 for a major renovation. The library and the Sorolla gallery are open by appointment.
Much of the collection is on loan to other institutions during this period.
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  • Sorolla's commissioned Vision of Spain is a must see if you are a fan of Spanish masters or Spanish culture. It is currently undergoing a major renovation, but the murals are on exhibit on a limited.....  more »
  • Currently, the only accessible room is the Sorolla Gallery - with previous reservation (tour only, no pictures allowed). This is still worth all the way to the Hispanic Society (Upper West Side...  more »
  • Beautiful interesting an experience you'll never forget
  • One of New York's magical places tucked out of the way but worth the effort. The building is evocative of another era and Pedro de Mena's "Saint Acisclus" sculpture is haunting. Unlike most other museums in NYC - it has never been crowded during my visits.

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