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Top 10 Small scale Museums

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Top 10 Small-scale Museums

While the city of Buenos Aires has plenty of large, prestigious, well-known museum, some of its best-kept secrets are the smaller museums that are spread throughout the city. These intimate museums cover a range of subjects, and are all worth a gander on any given afternoon. Some may charge admission, and many offer tours - check with the individual museum.

1. Museo Fortabat

Seemingly misplaced in a business park in Puerto Madero, this museum is an incredible collection of Argentine art. With over 1,000 different works, the building itself is something to be admired.


2. Museo de la Inmigracion

The early 20th century saw an incredible influx of immigrants in Argentina, most of whom came through Buenos Aires. This museum is in an old hotel that once gave shelter to many of these migrants, and their relics, from suitcases to photographs to possessions and medical implements, are on display here.

3. Fundación Forner-Bigatti

Where two of Argentina’s most famous avant-garde artists used to create their sculptures, photos and paintings, this white house is now a showroom for their work. Have a look into their lives, and enjoy their workspaces, as well.

4. Museo Histórica de Cera

No major city is complete without a wax museum, and this museum smartly fits the bill. It was created in 1980 by a fine arts professor, who devoted his time to sculpting replicas of Argentina’s most important historical figures, as well as popular icons.


5. Museo Casa de Ricardo Rojas

This museum truly is a “house museum”; that is, it is not a museum in a house, but rather a museum of a house. Ricardo Rojas, who died in 1957, was one of the most important literature professors in Argentina, and his studies clearly influenced the home’s construction and design. He was most interested in both Peruvian indigenous and Jesuit-mission construction.

6. El Zanjón

Completely forgotten about until an accidental discovery in the 1980s, the underground tunnels and foundation laid below El Zanjón mansion add yet another tier of intrigue to San Telmo. Visit the mansion itself for a history lesson, or attend one of the events held in the tunnels.

7. Museo del Cine

This cinema museum covers all the bases it should, and then some. It has various exhibitions on old films and posters, but it also puts together some unique exhibitions, and works with other institutions and museums to create interesting new projects.

8. Museo de la Dueda Externa

If you are interested in economics, this museum is a must-see. It is small and unassuming, but it shows all the history of Argentine economics, through the good times and the bad. Not all just numbers, it also represents the emotion that goes along with it.

9. Museo de Artes Plásticas Eduardo Sivori

More Argentine art, this museum is full of paintings and sculptures from some of the most eclectic artists over the past 200 years. It also has a great, quiet sculpture garden.

10. Museo Fragata Sarmiento

This museum is within an artifact itself: a clipper from the late 19th century. It was named for the man who founded the country’s naval school, and now sits in the docks of Puerto Madero, holding relics of its voyages.


For more information about cultural events and centers in Buenos Aires, visit this Buenos Aires Travel Guide.

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