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Museums of Buenos Aires

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Buenos Aires’ artistic and cultural wealth is best appreciated by visiting its museums which reflect not only local heritage, but national, continental and international talents as well.  Some of the city’s museums are housed in spectacular mansions which are an attraction in themselves.

Museo de Arte Latinoamericana de Buenos Aires - MALBA
Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo, 4808-6500
This modern building was built by Argentine millionaire Eduardo Constantini to house his private art collection which contains over 200 pieces created by Latin American artists including Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.  The museum also hosts excellent temporary exhibits and activities such as readings and movie screenings.

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Avenida del Libertador 1473, Recoleta, 4803-8817
As the country’s national museum, this beautiful mansion contains the most extensive collection of Argentine art including works by Berni and de la Cárcova.  It also displays priceless pieces by interntional artists such as Rembrandt, El Greco, Van Gogh, Kandinsky, and Picasso.museo-nacional-bellas-artes

Museo Casa Carlos Gardel
Jean Jaurés 735, Abasto, 4964-2015/2071
The famous tango singer, Carlos Gardel, purchased this home for his mother and lived with her when he found himself in Buenos Aires in between his world tours.  The building was salvaged and some of the rooms look exactly the same as when Gardel occupied them.

Museo de la Ciudad
Defensa 219/223, Alsina 412, Monserrat, 4331-9855 / 4442  4343-2123
Architect Jose Mari Peña created this collection from the treasures that he found as old buildings were demolished.  The objects on display typify life in Buenos Aires.

Museo de Bellas Artes de la Boca Benito Quinquela Martín
Avenida Pedro de Mendoza 1835, La Boca, 4301-1080
This is the former home and art studio of Benito Quinquela Martin, one of the best known artist of Buenos Aires, who specialized in painting scenes of the city’s bustling sea port.  The museum displays some of his paintings and personal belongings along with the work of other famous local artists such as Spilimbergo, Berni and de la Cárcova.

Museo de Arte Popular José Hernández
Avenida del Libertador 2373, Palermo, 4803-2384
This museum focuses on artisans and popular art from the mid 19th and 20th centuries.  It gathers urban and rural handicrafts created not only by Indigenous, Mestizo, and Creole artisans, but also those crafted by Spanish, Italian and French immigrants and their descendants.

Museo Histórico Nacional
Defensa 1600, San Telmo, 4307-4457/3157
This mansión, formerly belonging to the Lezama family, holds a collection of over 40,000 pieces of  historical significance.  Amongst the most cherished are Jose de San Martin’s saber and Manuel Belgrano’s flag.

Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo
Avenida del Libertador 1902, Recoleta, 4327-0272/0228
This gorgeous mansión from the early 20th century, Argentina’s “golden era”, showcases over 4,000 decorative pieces of European and Oriental art including Renaissance furniture and sculptures by Rodin.

Museo de Arte Hispanoamericana Isaac Fernández Blanco
Suipacha 1422, Retiro, 4327-0272/0228
This colonial age home is noted for its vast collection of silver pieces that date back to colonial times from Alto Peru and the Rio de la Plata which were the main centers of the Spanish colonial empire.  Its beautiful gardens are host to chamber music orchestra concerts on the weekend.

Museo Evita
Lafinur 2988, Palermo, 4807-0306/ 4809-3168
Evita’s grandniece created this museum in which the visitor can become acquainted with Evita Duarte de Peron and her life through portraits, documents, gowns and other valuable objects.

Museo Xul Solar
Laprida 1212, Recoleta, 4824-3302
This museum showcases the work of the multi-talented (painter, musician, traveler, and inventor) Alejandro Xul Solar, a friend of Jorge Luis Borges and a leading figure of the Latin American avant-garde.

Museo Histórico Cornelio de Saavedra
Crisólogo Larralde 6309, Saavedra, 4572-0746 / 4574-1328
This museum provides you with a glimpse of what daily life was like in Buenos Aires during the 19th century, and highlights the major political, social and economic events of the time.

Museo de Arte Español Enrique Larreta
Juramento 2291, Belgrano, 4784-4040/ 4783-2640
Once the home of Spanish writer, Enrique Larreta, this museum displays Spanish art works particularly those of the Renaissance and Barroque era.

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