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Subject: American Academy of Arts and Letters, James Fitzmaurice-Kelly, Our Lady of Esperanza Church, Queen Sofía Spanish Institute, 155th Street (Manhattan)
Collection: 1904 Establishments in New York, 1904 Establishments in the United States, American Hispanists, Art Museums Established in 1904, Art Museums in New York City, Ethnic Museums in New York, Ethnographic Museums in the United States, Hispanic and Latino American Culture in New York City, Latino Museums in the United States, Libraries in Manhattan, Museums in Manhattan, National Historic Landmarks in New York City, National Register of Historic Places in Manhattan, Portuguese-American Culture in New York, Society Museums in New York, Spanish-American Culture in New York, Spanish-American Culture in New York City, Washington Heights, Manhattan
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Hispanic Society of America

Hispanic Society of America
Grounds of the Hispanic Society of America, with an equestrian statue of El Cid.
Hispanic Society of America is located in New York City
Hispanic Society of America
Location of the Hispanic Society in New York City
Established May 18, 1904 (1904-05-18)
Location New York, New York
Type Art museum
Research library
Collection size 6,800 paintings
1,000 sculptures
175,000 photographs
250,000 books
Visitors 20,000
Director Mitchell Codding
Public transit access Subways: at 157th Street
Buses: Bx6, M4, M5, and M100
Website .org.hispanicsocietywww

The Hispanic Society of America is a museum and reference library for the study of the arts and cultures of Spain, Portugal, and Latin America. (Despite the name and the founder's intention, it has never functioned as a learned association.) Founded in 1904 by Archer M. Huntington, the institution is free and open to the public at its original location in a Beaux Arts building on Audubon Terrace (at 155th Street and Broadway) in the lower Washington Heights area of New York City in the United States.[1] The campus was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012.

Exterior sculpture at the Society includes work by Anna Hyatt Huntington and nine major reliefs by the Swiss-American sculptor Berthold Nebel, a commission that took ten years to complete.


  • Museum collections 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Museum collections

The museum contains works by Diego Velázquez, Francisco de Goya, El Greco, and Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, among others.

A major component of this museum is the Sorolla Room which was reinstalled in 2010. It displays the 14 massive paintings, the Visions of Spain, that Sorolla created from 1911 to 1919—commissioned by Archie Huntington. These magnificent paintings ring the large room (estimate: 50 ft square) and depict scenes from each of the provinces of Spain.

The rare books library maintains 15,000 books printed before 1700, including a first edition of Don Quijote.

See also


  1. ^ Lee, Felicia R. (November 11, 2011). "An Outpost for Old Spain in the Heights". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 April 2013. The Hispanic Society of America is perhaps New York’s most misunderstood institution. 

External links

  • Official website
  • A Collection in Context: The Hispanic Society of America by the Media Center for Art History, Columbia University
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