Museo de Arte Precolombino e Indígena (MAPI)

One of my favorite ways to spend time in Montevideo's Ciudad Vieja  is to look at the exhibits at the Museo de Arte Precolombino e Indígena, (Pre-Columbian and Indian Art Museum, commonly known as MAPI). MAPI has two small permanent exhibit halls and a third larger hall for visiting exhibits. The permanent exhibits have laminated cards with information about each display in English.

One permanent hall is Uruguay Art and Archeology, with artifacts found in Uruguay.

The other permanent hall contains Pre-Columbian artifacts from four significant regions of Latin America over a span of 3,000 years.

The Main Hall of MAPI is for visiting exhibits.  The current exhibit (August and September 2010) is a collection of paintings by the late Buenos Aires Artist, Alberto Delmonte. (1933-2005). His work is influenced by his study of Pre-Columbian indigenous cultures of Latin America. He was affiliated with the famous Uruguayan artist, Torres Garcia, whose work also contained regional Pre-Columbian influences.

In addition to the three main halls, MAPI has an impressive entrance and gift shop, as well as an upstairs area, which often has additional exhibits.

MAPI is located in Montevideo’s Ciudad Vieja at 25 de Mayo 279. It is half a block off the Pérez Castellano pedestrian street, just three blocks from the Mercado del Puerto. MAPI’s current hours are from noon to 5:30pm on weekdays and 11 am to 4:30 pm on Saturdays.

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