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Museum of Pre-Columbian and Indigenous

Open Now: 10:30 - 06:00
Open today: 10:30 - 06:00
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Good museum

It is a small museum on two floors. There are lockers for your needs. What item's they have are... read more

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Reviewed 24 January 2019
Dallas, Texas
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Small interesting museum

Small but very interesting museum. Not everything is translated into English but it is very well... read more

Reviewed 7 December 2018
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The MAPI offers its visitors a permanent collection of over 700 archaeological and ethnographic pieces from different Latin American cultures, specially from the different communities who lived in the current uruguayan territory. Also, MAPI offers...more
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Veinticinco de Mayo 279, Montevideo 11001, Uruguay
+598 2916 9360
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Reviewed 24 January 2019 via mobile

It is a small museum on two floors. There are lockers for your needs. What item's they have are excellent. It opened my eyes to new information. Well worth the time to stop.

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Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 7 December 2018 via mobile

Small but very interesting museum. Not everything is translated into English but it is very well presented

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Nnlsbin
Reviewed 13 November 2018 via mobile

Ok, firstly dispel any notions of DC’s Smithsonian or Chile’s Pre-columbian Art Museum Santiago....now think small but bright. What I love most about local museums is quirky and interesting. This museum ticked all the boxes. Yes it’s small and yes there were more workmen than...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 25 September 2018 via mobile

Miserable collection of really gormless exhibits. And the art they were there to curate wasn’t very good either.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Gavin P
Reviewed 21 April 2018

Though the building is somewhat nice inside (attractive staircase and skylight), the museum itself is weak overall and (unlike most MVD museums) they charge an entrance fee. Disappointing and not really worth visiting.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank ASU_DrK
Reviewed 17 December 2017

The museum's in an old building but I got the impression that it's a new museum as it has a new feel to it and relatively few exhibits. Half an hour was sufficient to see everything. Maybe I'm a bit biased, having visited the Pre-Colombian...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank jantoby1
Reviewed 12 December 2017

I enjoyed the video about the various favorite cuts of beef for different countries. The museum is pretty small, so there wasn't much else to really see.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank blsnwbrdr
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Most of the pre-colombian and all indigenous exhibits were closed for renovation. The only sparse ones we saw were of Mexican cultures. Cost is 100 pesos. Not worth the money or little time it required.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank MRichardson2014
Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

One floor of pre-Columbian stuff (from all over) and then a really great set of photos from Siberia. Don't expect a great or comprehensive pre-Columbian collection but the Siberian stuff makes up for this. I do not know if the Siberian exhibit is long term

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Nathaniel B
Reviewed 20 March 2016

I was disappointed in this museum. The pre-Columbian art section of the museum is subdivided into geographical sections but is small and not particularly remarkable, especially when compared to that of other Latin American capitals. Furthermore, most of the museum is actually devoted to other...More

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank 574RichardD
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