This page displays a list of the most important art museums in South America. Use the brief list on the right to go directly to the museums of a certain country. Links to museums open in a new tab


Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA), Buenos Aires - It's most important Art collection in Argentina, with a good collection of European paintings (Van Gogh: "Moulin de la Gallette")

MALBA, Fundación Constantini, Buenos Aires - One of the most important collections of contemporary Latin-American art in the world

Sao Paulo Museum of ArtSao Paulo Museum of Art, Sao Paulo - The greatest Art collection in South America, this Museum exhibits works by Raphael, Rembrandt, van Gogh and Picasso, among others

Museu de Arte Contemporanea da Universidade, Sao Paulo - It's arguably the most important collection of contemporary art in South America, including works by Picasso or Léger

Museo Nacional de Belas Artes, Río de Janeiro - Founded in 1808, houses a great collection of 19th and 20th century paintings, including Boudin and Picasso

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago de Chile - Claims to be the oldest Art Museum in South America, and exhibits a good group of 19th and 20th century paintings

Museum of Precolumbian Art, Santiago de Chile - Exhibits a good collection fo works of art, from Mesoamerica to the South Andes

Museo del Oro (Gold Museum), Bogotá - Houses an impressive collection of Pre-Columbian gold artifacts, claimed to be the richest in the world

Museo Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá - Founded in 1823, the Museum exhibits an important collection of Pre-Columbian antiquities, and a small group of modern works

Museo del Banco Central, Quito - Exhibits a large collection of Pre-Columbian artifacts, including mummies, potteries, sculptures and gold figures

Museo Nacional de Arqueología, Antropología e Historia, Lima - Houses an impressive collection of Pre-Columbian artifacts, including more than 60,000 cermics

Museo de Arte Precolombino e Indígena, Montevideo - Exhibits more than 700 works of Art from the Ancient South America, including a 18th century canoe

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Caracas - The Museum was founded in 1974, and exhibit more than 3,000 works of contemporary art

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