The Hispanic Society has one of the best collections of Spanish art that can be found outside of Spain. Its holdings also encompass art from Portugal and Latin America. The collection is divided into archaeology, decorative arts, paintings, sculpture and textiles. It includes more than 800 paintings and 6,000 watercolors and drawings.
Collection highlights include Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida’s After the Bath, Goya’s The Duchess of Alba, El Greco’s St. Jerome, 15th century Islamic texstiles from Granada, and silver jewelry dating from 125 to 100 BC.
Hispanic Society of America Museum and Library Information
- Public Transportation: Excellent (1 subway line to Broadway and 157th Street or the C to 155th Street, and the M4 or M5 buses)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Poor
- Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Sunday 1–4 p.m., closed Monday
- Admission: Free
- Tours: Free 45-minute tours of the building and collections are given by museum curators or the education department at 2 p.m. on Saturdays
- Membership: Membership is $50 annually. Benefits include invitations to receptions, exhibition openings, advance announcements of all upcoming programs and events, and access to “friends-only” tours with lectures by curators and conservators on the collections and special exhibitions.