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Museums Tour, Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is known as one of the best Latin American cities in terms of its cultural offerings. Full of theatres, galleries, cultural centers and museums, the city has no shortage of highbrow entertainment. While seeing all the museums in the city would literally take weeks, there are a few key museums that shouldn’t be missed. Here, the best way to see these museums in a day, including a couple more lesser-known museums. If you would like to spend some serious quality time in the museums below, the tour is best spread out over two or even three days. But if you would just like to pop in and see the highlights, one full day will be sufficient.

Start: Museo Botánico Carlos Thays

End: Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Time: All day, at least

Tip: Go on a Wednesday to enjoy discounted entry to MALBA, plus the luxury of smaller, weekday crowds. Be aware that many of these do not open until late morning or early afternoon; however, they are generally open until 8 or 9 pm.

Start your cultural adventure at Museo Botánico Carlos Thays, within the Jardín Botánico Carlos Thays. This experience is a double feature of sorts, as the garden itself could be a museum, filled with beautiful landscaping and impressive sculptures. Carlos Thays was a French landscape architect who greatly contributed to the development of the city of Buenos Aires; this museum represents a tribute to an important man in Buenos Aires’ history.

From there, head to Museo Evita, located on Lafinur street, just on the other side of Avenida General Las Heras. This small museum is dedicated to Argentina’s beloved Eva Perón, the former First Lady of the country, who helped fight for women’s rights.

Continuing up Lafinur, turn right on Avenida del Libertador, and then left on Jerónimo Salguero. Another right on Avenida Pres. Figeroa Alcorta will take you to the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, better known as MALBA museum. This museum is en recommended by every Buenos Aires travel guide. This is one of the most important and famous museums in the city, known for its incredible collection of Latin American art, and the various temporary exhibitions that come through. Cinema is an important part of the museum, as well, and the bookshop is thoroughly entertaining.

Head down the street just in front of MALBA, San Martín de Tours, until you reach Castex. Turning left on Castex for just half of a block will bring you to the Museo Metropolitano, an old gated mansion that was resided in by many of Argentina’s most important citizens. This museum is also recommended by most Buenos Aires travel guides. In the 1980s, the home was converted into the metropolitan museum, and now houses noteworthy local art exhibitions, as well as providing a space for seminars, lectures, and workshops.

Going back down San Martín de Tours, you will return to Av. del Libertador, making a left to reach the Museo de Arte Popular José Hernández. This museum is also dedicated to popular art of Argentina, preserving movements of the past, and promoting today’s national artists.

Continuing down Av. del Libertador, you will come upon the Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo. Also set in an old mansion, this was once a private collection, that was donated to the government of Buenos Aires. It includes art and artifacts from all over the world, collected through the travels of its original owners, Josefina de Alvear and her husband Matías Errázuriz Ortúzar, a Chilean-born aristocrat.

Just a few more blocks farther along the park-lined Av. del Libertador, and you will find the grand Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, a must go museum while you travel in Buenos Aires. This impressive building contains a rich collection of European classical art, as well as Argentine art dating from pre-Colombian times until today. There is a sculpture patio upstairs, as well as space for temporary exhibitions and a photography room. While this museum alone could take half a day, it can also be seen in an hour or so, especially if you are already familiar with European art.

For more in-depth information about the museums listed above, see this Buenos Aires travel guide.

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