Seven Argentine Museums Not to Miss

photo by Victor Santa Maria

Museo Evita

A museum for one of Argentina’s biggest icons—Eva Peron. It houses extensive collections of her luxurious wardrobe, posters, books, paraphernalia—even fingerprints and a funereal mask of the famous First Lady.

Calle Lafinur 2988, Buenos Aires. Local/Foreigner: US$0.75/1.75. Open 2-7:30pm Tue-Sun.

Museo del Vino

Naturally Mendoza would have a Wine Museum. Situated at the Bodega La Rural, this museum/winery contains more than 4500 artifacts from antique oenophiles and modern winemakers alike. Admission includes a short guided visit around the facilities, a historical overview of Don Felipe Rutini who planted the first vines of La Rural in 1885, and—of course—exquisite wine tasting at the winebar.

La Rural, Montecaseros 2625, Coquimbito, Maipú, Mendoza. Weekdays 9a-5.30p. Sat 10a-4p, Sun 10a-1p.

Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Juan B. Castagnino

This museum is a great resource to learn about art in Argentine and Europe. It stays modern, renovated, and up to date with its intriguing temporary exhibitions. It has 35 rooms of collections, comprising of more than 3000 works. Considered one of the most important art museums in the country.

Avenida Pellegrini 2202 CP 2000, Rosario, Santa Fe.  Weekdays (except Tue) 2p-8p. Weekends 1p-7p. Adults US $1.10.

photo by Liam Quinn

Museo Penitenciario (Prison Museum)

The Prison Museum preserves and promotes the social and cultural heritage of federal prisons in Argentine. Its building was originally used as a house of prostitutes and abandoned women. In 1980 the current museum opened. It contains a lot of intriguing objects of prisons, like clothing, tattoo machines, and playing cards. All of these are housed within themed rooms such as the criminology room, the pharmaceutical room, and women’s prison room.

Humberto Primo 378, San Telmo, Buenos Aires. 2p-6p, with bilingual guided tours at 5pm. Free entrance.

Museo del Títere (Puppet Museum)

The spectacular puppet museum was established in 1983 by Sara Bianchi and Mane Bernardo, in the latter’s old home. Her former house displays puppets from all over the world, and includes a library. Each puppet comes with a story—animals, dolls, heroes, tango singers, marionettes, wizard, skeletons, and dozens more. The in-house theatre even puts on productions every Saturday and Sunday.

Piedras 905, San Telma. Open 10a-12:30p and 3-6p Tue, Wed, Fri.

photo by Nestor Galina

Museo Rocsen

The eclectic museum operated by anthropologist and curator Juan Santiago Bouchon. It contains more than 11,000 pieces including antique motorcycles, mounted butterflies, human skulls, Buddha statues, film projectors, Catholic altars, 19th century instruments of torture, a shrunken head and a 1200 year old Peruvian mummy.

Alto de la Quinta 5887, Nono, Cordoba. $1.75 admission. 9am-sunset.

Museo Nacional del Teatro (National Theatre Museum)

Established in 1936, the theatre museum is located in the Cervantes National Theatre. It contains a collection of photographs, posters, handbills, documents, costumes, and personal belongings of actors, actresses, and authors of the past two centuries. Featured are such theatrical giants such as Lolita Torres, Milagros de la Vega, and Pepino 88. Besides the exhibits, there are many fantastic activities such as readings, book presentations, filmings, workshops, and theatrical productions.

Av. Cordoba 1199, Buenos Aires. Mon-Fri 10a-6p. Guided tours in Spanish on Wed, 2.30p. Free entrance.

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