Top 6 Museums in Buenos Aires
For cultured travellers museums are always an essential part of the visit to any city. If you are this type of guy, this list is for you.
If you are feeling a bit lazy to red through the whole article, the only thing you should know is that Malba and Museo de Bellas Artes are a must because of their invaluable collections. The other ones are really worth visiting not only because of the pieces they hold, but also because they are located in impressive heritage buildings that embody the aristocratic personality of the city.
Most museums in BA are free or if not, they are super cheap!
If you want to know what Latin American Art is about, this museum holds everything you are looking for. MALBA (acronym for Latin American Modern Arts Museum) gathers Latin American artwork from the 20th and 21st Century. The building is located in Palermo close to the park and it is a great option if you want to balance indoors and outdoors activities. www.malba.org.ar
Located in Recoleta, this museum holds one of the biggest collections of art in South America. Here you will find paintings varying from internationally well-known artists like Rembrandt, Goya, Degas or Manet, to important local artists that portray the customs and traditions of the country and city life in Argentina. But not everything is classic Art here. On the top floor the museums exposes a collection of Argentine Art from the 20th century. www.mnba.gob.ar
A short walk from the Bellas Artes museum will take you to the Museo de Arte Decorativo. The building is an awe-stricking French Palais and one of the most important mansions of Buenos Aires. If you like the façade, don’t miss the chance to enter. www.mnad.org
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This museum, located in Puerto Madero, was created by the local philanthropist Amalia Fortabat who inaugurated a brand new building in the newest part of town to show her collections. The collection holds paintings of famous international artists like Andy Warhol and William Turner and various best-selling local artists. From the second floor you have gorgeous view of the docks of Puerto Madero. www.coleccionfortabat.org.ar
If you are really keen on Argentinian history, you must pay this place a visit. Here you will find art and objects related to the founding fathers of our country and the most important events in our history. You should visit this museum after a visit to picturesque San Telmo or before going to the market. museohistoriconacional.cultura.gob.ar
In Retiro, close to plaza San Martín and among many hotels, you will find this little museum in a neocolonial building. It is dedicated to a collection of colonial South American Art. The collection of silver crafted pieces and colonial paintings is outstanding and the building itself is very beautiful.
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It is worth looking into the MACBA and MAMBA museums, both in San Telmo. Located one next to the other, both of them are dedicated to contemporary art.
Espacio Memoria y Derechos Humanos Ex ESMA (Museum of the Memory) is a museum located in an former detention center. This is a place that reminds our society of the cruelty and violence lived in the 70’s under the last dictatorship.