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The Cornelio Saavedra History Museum

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Tourists visiting Buenos Aires will usually spend most of their time enjoying the tourist attractions of the city centre. But the Capital of Argentina is sprawling and diverse and it’s important to not neglect the less known areas of city. If you’re looking to broaden your horizons and experience the suburbs of Buenos Aires then an excellent excuse to go exploring in the outskirts is the Cornelio Saavedra History Museum in the neighbourhood, Saavedra. The museum, like the museum, is named after Cornelio de Saavedra a hero of Argentine history. For those who are not familiar with Argentine history, General Cornelio de Saavedra was the president of the first government after the May Revolution when Argentina gained independence from its Spanish colonial rulers. At the time of its inauguration on 6th October, 1921, the Museum was originally named the Buenos Aires Municipal Museum. The museum was the creation of Ricardo Zemborain (1872-1912) who after his death donated his entire collection of artistic and historic artefacts to the city council of Buenos Aires.

At this time, this historic museum was situated on Corrientes Avenue in the city centre, but due to the widening of his famous arterial road the museum was relocated. The collection of historic and artistic pieces was relocated to a few other places before, in 1942, settling in its final destination in the leafy, residential area of Saavedra, on the outskirts of the city.  The building that houses the museum’s collections was previously the farmhouse residence of Luis María Saavedra, the nephew of Cornelio Saavedra. Set in the middle of the huge green space of General Paz Park, alongside a peaceful lake, the rustic, rural nature of the farmhouse can still be felt today. The Italian influenced architecture of the buildings set in these rustic surroundings makes it the perfect to demonstrate what life was like in the Hispanic Creole era.

The Cornelio Saavedra history museum’s collection itself holds must-see artefacts that shaped Argentina’s national heritage. The wide selection of objects include examples of silver work, furniture, letters, maps, historic documents, old coins and medals that all show how Argentine was before and after independence. This is something that is particularly meaningful right now, considering that Argentina is celebrating its bicentenary of independence from Spain. For more information on museums in Buenos Aires, see this Buenos Aires travel guide.

To get an understanding of three hundred years of Buenos Aires History as a viceroyalty under Spanish colonial rule and as the capital city of the Argentine Republic then the Cornelio Saavedra History Museum is a great place to start. Plus you’ll get to know an area of the city that is often forgotten by visitors.

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