The Joy of Museums

Finding Beauty & Meaning in Museums

Americas Museums

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The Americas encompass the continents of North America and South America and comprise the New World. Humans first settled the Americas from Asia between 42,000 and 17,000 years ago. The voyages of Christopher Columbus from 1492 to 1502 resulted in permanent contact and influence from Europe.

Following a long history of Revolution and Decolonization of the Americas, today almost all of the populations of the Americas resides in independent countries. The legacy of the colonization and settlement by Europeans is that the Americas share many common cultural traits, most notably Christianity and the use of Indo-European languages, primarily Spanish, English, Portuguese and French.

As the home of many unique and diverse cultures, America’s major cities have some excellent museums. Below is a list of some of the leading museums by major countries that will be highlighted in “Joy of Museums”:

Canadian Museums





Central & South American Museums

Mexico City


Rio de Janeiro

São Paulo

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Essential Facts:

  • Demonym:         American
  • Countries:           35 Countries
  • Population:        1 Billion



“Become famous, then go to sleep.” South American Proverb



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