Ranked #45 of 70 attractions in Montevideo
Category: Art Museums
The MuseumMAPI offers its visitors a permanent collection of over 700 archaeological and ethnographic pieces from different...
The MuseumMAPI offers its visitors a permanent collection of over 700 archaeological and ethnographic pieces from different Latin American cultures, specially from the different communities who lived in the current uruguayan territory. The collections are organized into thematic areas and geographic and cultural areas. One is dedicated to the time period known as Paleoindio; and five spaces are dedicated to different cultural regions of the Latin America and are located in the main halls.Every year, the museum holds temporary exhibitions on various aspects. It also has an educational program that receives over 20,000 children and teenagers, and it promotes -through MAPI Design- the contemporary art creation inspired in the production of indigenous communities.The BuildingThe building was built in the late nineteenth century by Dr. Emilio Reus.It was originally built to become a medical facility for hydro thermal therapy. It was never inaugurated as such but some years later it became the headquarters of the Ministry of Development and later, the Ministry of National Defense.After being closed for a long time, it began to be recycled in the beginning of the 21st century with the support of the government of the Canary Islands. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1986 for its cultural heritage and urban value. Its architecture is eclectic, with a strong Italian influence, and it is a testimony of the building technology of its time