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