The Hispanic Society of America, located on Audubon Terrace in Upper Manhattan west of Broadway between 155th and 156th Streets, was founded in 1904 by Archer Milton Huntington (1870-1955) with the object of establishing a free, public museum and research library for the study of the arts and cultures of Spain and Latin America. The Museum and Library collections, which cover nearly every aspect of art and culture in Spain – as well as Portugal, Latin America, and the Philippines – into the 20th century, are unparalleled in their scope and quality outside of Spain. Paintings by El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, and Sorolla; masterworks of sculpture; and outstanding examples from all fields of the decorative arts offer visitors a panorama of the arts of the Hispanic world. The collection of prints and photographs – which documents the architecture, peoples, and customs of Spain and Latin America – contains many masterful works, art, history, and literature.
Admission is free to the Museum, Library Reading Room, and all special exhibitions at The Hispanic Society of America.
Hours: Library Reading Room
Museum Galleries and Library Reading Room Closures
The Museum and Library Reading Room are closed on all major holidays. Please consult the list of closures, below, before planning your visit.
Please note that during the months of June and July, the Reading Room closes at 3:00pm.
|New Year’s Day|
|Presidential Election Day|
Library Reading Room Closures
The Library Reading Room is closed on the same dates as the Museum. In addition, the Library Reading Room is closed on the following dates:
|August 1- 31|
|Good Friday and Holy Saturday|
|Thanksgiving Day and the following Friday and Saturday|
|Christmas - December 20 to December 31|
Visitors may request to see the Library Reading Room during regular Museum hours.
- Visitors may not touch any of the objects on display, including furniture.
- Chewing gum, food, and beverages are prohibited.
- Smoking is not permitted.
- The use of radios or any other music devices, cell phones, text messaging and internet devices is prohibited.
- Sketching in lead pencil or charcoal is permitted in the galleries on paper not exceeding 12”x18” in size. Registration is required for copying works of art in any media. Additional regulations apply. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- All coats that are not worn, backpacks, briefcases, shopping bags, and umbrellas must be left in the coat room. Large items and luggage are not permitted in the coat room. The Hispanic Society is not responsible for any damage, loss, or theft of personal property left in the coat room.
- Non-service animals, scooters, skateboards, skates and Segway Human Transporters are not permitted.
- There are no food services available.
Photography without flash is permitted in the Museum galleries for private, noncommercial use only.
Flash, lighting devices, tripods, and other photographic devices are not permitted. Photographs cannot be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed, or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner whatsoever.
Photography of any works from the Library or the Prints & Photographs collections is not permitted.
Please note that museum quality photographic reproductions of works in the collection may be ordered through our Department of Rights and Reproductions.
M4 or M5 to Broadway and 155th Street.
Number 1 to Broadway and 157th Street, or the C to 155th Street.
The Hispanic Society of America is located in Upper Manhattan on Audubon Terrace on the west side of Broadway between 155th and 156th Streets.
From Manhattan: Riverside Drive to 155th Street or Henry Hudson Parkway to Exit 15 Riverside Drive South. From Exit 15 proceed to the fourth traffic light and turn left onto 155th Street.
From Connecticut: New England Thruway (I-95) to the 9A Parkway / Henry Hudson Parkway South Exit, which is the last exit before the George Washington Bridge. After the exit stay in the left lane, and take the exit for Riverside Drive. At the traffic light turn right onto Riverside Drive and proceed to the third traffic light and turn left onto 155th Street.
From Westchester: Saw Mill River Parkway to the Henry Hudson Parkway. Continue on Henry Hudson Parkway to Exit 14 – 15 Riverside Drive / George Washington Bridge. Stay to the right onto Riverside Drive and proceed to the fourth traffic light and turn left onto 155th Street.
From New Jersey: Lower Level of the George Washington Bridge to Henry Hudson Parkway Exit, staying to the left. Take the first exit for Riverside Drive. At the traffic light turn right onto Riverside Drive and proceed to the third traffic light and turn left onto 155th Street.
From Long Island: Triboro Bridge to the Major Deegan Expressway. Take the George Washington Bridge / I-95 Exit and stay to the right for the Lower Level of the George Washington Bridge. Take the 9A Parkway / Henry Hudson Parkway South Exit, which is the last exit before the George Washington Bridge. After the exit stay to the left and take the exit for Riverside Drive. At the traffic light turn right onto Riverside Drive and proceed to the third traffic light and turn left onto 155th Street.
Free parking is available on 155th Street west of Broadway adjacent to the Hispanic Society’s buildings. 155th Street is one-way eastbound and is entered from Riverside Drive, staying to the right. From Broadway take 153rd Street to Riverside Drive, turn right and proceed to 155th Street. Metered parking is available on Broadway. The closest commercial parking garage (Kinney) is located west of Broadway at 614 West 153rd Street.