Museo de América   Avenida Reyes Católicos, 6 - Metro stop: Moncloa

The New-World museum in Madrid

Photo: May 19, 2000
Museo de América This museum, created in 1941, has new-world exhibits (native art and artifacts as examples) and, for the newcomer, there are guided tours. There is a museum store with relevant items for sale: for example, I bought several CDs of Cuban music. And if you get hungry, there is a cafeteria.

I discovered this museum a few steps to the north of the Faro de Madrid and dropped in for a visit. At the reception desk, I learned that there was (and still is) a continuing lecture series on New-World topics each Saturday at 12 noon. Thus, I was able to attend the last two lectures given by Dr. Carmen González López-Briones (shown below), the speaker for the month of May.
Carmen lecturing She is professor of American studies at the University of Alcalá de Henares. Apropos to this, her topic for May was "Seeds of Spain in the United States". She spoke with great clarity, and I understood nearly all of both May lectures that I attended. Because of this and the fact that I was the only Estadounidense ("United-Statesian" to translate literally) in the audience, I was able to make appropriate comments from time to time. I lamented that I hadn't found the museum earlier so that I could have heard all four of her lectures.

Although I had only spoken to her in Spanish after the talks, she is perfectly bilingual. This knowledge comes from my discovering that she is also Cultural Affairs Historian at the American Embassy, Madrid and wrote a scholarly paper titled "Spanish Relations with the Quapaw and Osage Indians at the Arkansas Post, 1762-1804" for the Lewis and Clark Journey of Discovery, a website of the National Park Service, U. S. Department of the Interior.  

For more information visit Museo de America. The current lectures are accessed if you click on Actividades followed by clicking on Cyclo de conferencias.