Montevideo – museums in the Ciudad Vieja

There are heaps of museums in Montevideo.

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Here’s a couple I went to in the Ciudad Vieja:

MAPI (Museo de Arte Precolombino e Indigena), 279 25 de Mayo, www.mapi.uy

Open Monday to Friday from 11.30 to 17.30 and Saturday from 10.00 to 16.00.

I’m fascinated by the ancient abstract art of the indigenous peoples of South America so I jumped at the chance to see some local artefacts. The museum is smaller than its counterparts in Santiago and Mexico City (see my separate posts for those cities) but it has some nice pieces.

Please click on the images for a better view.

Museo de Artes Decorativos, 376 25 de Mayo, cultura.mec.gub.uy

Open Monday to Friday from 12.30 to 17.40.

I stumbled upon this place as I was walking down the road towards MAPI above and decided to have a look inside seeing as entrance was free. The building is a former family residence known as Palacio Taranco and is now a historical monument. The palace still has all the fittings of an upper class Uruguayan home and there are a few quirky paintings, including a couple of bizarre sketches by Goya.

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