The Hispanic Society of America is a museum of Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American art and artifacts, as well as a rare books and manuscripts research library. Spain () or the Kingdom of Spain (Reino de España is a country located mostly in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. Portugal, officially the Portuguese Republic (República Portuguesa is a country on the Iberian Peninsula. 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 an 155th Street in the lower Washington Heights area of New York City in United States. Archer Milton Huntington ( March 10 1870 &ndash December 11 1955) was the son of Arabella (née Duval Huntington and the stepson Audubon Terrace, also known as Audobon Terrace Historic District, is a landmark complex of approximately eight early 20th century Beaux Arts buildings in Washington Heights is a New York City neighborhood in the northern reaches of the borough of Manhattan. The City of New York The United States of America —commonly referred to as the
The museum contains works by Diego Velázquez, Francisco Goya, El Greco, and Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, among others. Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez ( June 6, 1599 &ndash August 6, 1660) was a Spanish painter who was the leading El Greco' ("The Greek " 1541 &ndash April 7 1614 was a painter, sculptor, and architect of the Spanish Renaissance Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida ( February 27, 1863 - August 10, 1923) was a Spanish painter, born in Valencia, who The rare books library maintains 15,000 books printed before 1700, including a first edition of Don Quixote. es '''''Don Quixote''''' (, see spelling and pronunciation below fully titled es '''''El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha''''' ("The Ingenious Hidalgo Don
On October 24, 2007, the Society sold two of its ancient Islamic texts at auction through Christie's Auction House in London. Events 69 - Second Battle of Bedriacum, forces under Antonius Primus the commander of the Danube armies loyal to Vespasian, defeat Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. One, a Kuran dating to 1203 that sold for US $2. 3 million, is the oldest known complete copy of the holy book. The other, selling for US $1. 8 million, dates to the 10th century, is a nearly complete version of the Kuran likely from northern Africa. 
Attendance at the museum is typically sparse although it is located near the MET's Cloisters, Dyckman Farmhouse Mansion and Manhattan's oldest mansion, the Morris-Jumel Mansion Museum, where George Washington once slept.