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Museo de Arte de El Salvador

See some of the best examples of contemporary art in El Salvador and discover the work of up-and-coming artists at this impressive museum.

Pick up insights into Salvadoran art from the mid-19th century to the present day at the Museo de Arte de El Salvador. On display are more than 300 original works of art by the country’s leading artists. Tour the five exhibition rooms that house permanent and temporary exhibitions.

Inside the Grand Room and Rooms Three and Four, find works from the museum’s permanent collection. Among the pieces you may see are artworks by Rosa Mena Valenzuela, an expressionist artist known for hybrid works incorporating collages, drawings and paintings. The museum also holds more than 60 sketches by José Mejía Vides, a renowned painter and sculptor born in San Salvador. Rooms One and Two host temporary exhibits that feature works by some of the most famous names in art history.

Be sure to catch the Artist of the Month exhibition inside Room Four. These changing displays put the spotlight on the work of a living or dead Salvadoran artist. Have a coffee or sit down for a meal at the museum’s on-site restaurant.

Walk through the grounds to view the museum’s two well-known monuments. The Monument to the Revolution is a mosaic stone mural representing freedom, symbolized by a naked main raising his arms up to the sky. Admire the Allegory of the 1950 Constitution and Freedom Monument, a large stone carving. It features nine figures holding a naked woman covered by the flag of El Salvador.

The Museo de Arte de El Salvador is open from Tuesday to Sunday and there is a small admission fee. On Sundays, entry is free. 

The museum is located about 2.1 miles (3.4 kilometers) from the center of the city and close to bus routes. There is also a taxi rank right outside the front door and drivers can park for free on the surrounding streets. Consider combining your museum visit with a trip to nearby attractions, such as the National Museum of Anthropology and the Theater Presidente.


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