Buenos Aires Museums
(Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Buenos Aires is teeming with museums, so much so that most visitors struggle to fit all of them in on a regular vacation. For the culturally inquisitive, don't miss the excellent National History Museum, which is better known to the locals of Buenos Aires as the Museo Histórico Nacional.
The Museo Evita, one of the city's most popular museums, is dedicated to national heroine Eva Peron. Here fans can trace her life from here beginnings as an actress to becoming the world-famous wife of President Juan Domingo Peron and first lady of Argentina
Museo Evita (Evita Peron Museum)
Address: Calle Lafinur 2988, Buenos Aires, Argentina, AR
Tel: +55 011 4807 9433
The life of Argentina's most famous historical female figure is examined at this extremely popular museum. Housed in the same mansion that was once used by the Eva Peron Foundation in Buenos Aires, the Museo Evita is split into different sections, each focusing on a different part of Peron's life. Her clothes and her voting card are among the objects displayed here. For many visitors, the story of Eva Duarte de Peron is relatively familiar, thanks in no small part to Andrew Lloyd Webber's famous stage musical entitled 'Evita', and Madonna's acclaimed portrayal of Eva Peron in the 1996 movie musical of the same name.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 14:00 to 19:300
Museo de Casa Gardel
Address: Jean Jaures 735, Buenos Aires, Argentina, AR
Tel: +55 011 4964 2071
The building in which this museum is housed is the former home of the mother of Carlos Gardel, the country's most celebrated tango singer. The house was built in 1917 and bought by Gardel in 1927. When he was not on the road, Gardel shared the residence with his mother. The collection at the Museo de Casa Gardel includes various objects relating to the singer's life such as items of clothing, sheet music and handwritten musical notes, records and contracts.
Open hours: Monday, Wednesday to Friday - 11:00 to 18:00, Saturday and Sunday - 10:00 to 19:00
Museo Histórico Nacional (National History Museum)
Address: Calle Defensa 1600, Buenos Aires, Argentina, AR
Tel: +55 011 4307 1182
The building that houses the city's National History Museum is the former private residence of the Lezama family and is a large mansion built in an Italian style, featuring a total of 30 rooms. Each room now presents a variety of exhibits relating to the country's history from the 16th through to the 19th centuries. Among the artefacts on display are relics from the War of Independence, objects from Jesuit missions and paintings depicting war scenes by the artist Cándido López.
Open hours: Tuesday to Friday - 12:00 to 17:00, Saturday - 15:00 to 18:00, Sunday - 14:00 to 18:00
Museo Etnográfico (Museum of Ethnography)
Address: Moreno 350, Buenos Aires, Argentina, AR
Tel: +54 011 4331 7788
Home to a wealth of local archaeological treasures, the Museo Etnográfico was built towards the end of the 19th century, when it served as part of the University of Buenos Aires. Today, the building boasts a collection approaching almost 200,000 different Argentine artefacts and international objects of interest, such as pottery pieces, textiles, clothing and other items relating to the various different cultures around the world.
Open hours: Tuesday to Friday - 13:00 to 19:00, Saturday and Sunday - 15:00 to 19:00
Museo Histórico Nacional del Cabildo y de la Revolución de Mayo (National Historic Museum of the City Hall and of the Revolution of May)
Address: Bolivar 65, Buenos Aires, Argentina, AR
Tel: +54 011 4334 1782
Once serving as the Buenos Aires town hall and standing within the district of Montserrat, the Museo Histórico Nacional del Cabildo y de la Revolución de Mayo marks the very spot when the city's historic revolution of began some 200 years ago, on May 25th 1810. Highlights within this important museum include many maps and documents dating from the early part of the 18th century,as well as some old photographs showing how the city has evolved over the years. A painting depicting the events of the revolution completes the main attractions.
Open hours: Tuesday to Friday - 10:30 to 17:00, Saturday and Sunday - 11:30 to 18:00
Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales (Argentine Museum of Natural Sciences)
Address: Avenue Angel Gallardo 490, Buenos Aires, Argentina, AR
Tel: +54 011 4982 6595
Located in the affluent and popular neighbourhood of Caballito, the Argentine Museum of Natural Sciences is home to the biggest collection of natural history exhibits in the whole of Argentina. This is certainly one attraction that will appeal to all ages, with children always being mesmerised by the giant skeletons of sharks and other creatures. Various hands-on exhibits also add a further level of interest, along with themed displays relating to local flora and fauna, as well as dinosaurs and paleontology.
Open hours: daily - 14:00 to 19:00
Museo de Cera
Address: Del Valle Iberlucea 1261, Buenos Aires, Argentina, AR
Tel: +54 011 4303 0563
The Museo de Cera lies within the La Boca neighbourhood and is a much-visited wax museum, being especially popular with families. Those visiting the Museo de Cera will find all manner of wax figures of famous characters from the past, with a particular emphasis of historical figures from Argentina's history, such as former president Juan Domingo Peron and his world-famous wife, Eva Peron. Established in 1980, other highlights include sporting stars, celebrities and prominent politicians from around the world. Guided tours are available.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 10:00 to 18:00, Saturday and Sunday - 11:00 to 20:00