The Bernardino Rivadavia Natural Sciences Museum is the oldest museum in Argentina. It was founded in 1823 under the direction of Bernardino Rivadavia, who was a minister in the government of Buenos Aires.
Visiting this natural sciences museum is highly attractive for children as they can find complete dinosaur skeletons and an extensive collection of insects. There are also spaces and activities specifically designed for children.
The museum has a large collection, one of the most comprehensive in Latin America. Notable thematic rooms include:
- Geology: diverse minerals, locations, and uses. Earth’s history and Argentine meteorites.
- Paleontology: replicas of various dinosaurs, some with real bones.
- Arthropods: extensive collection of insects, arachnids, centipedes, and crustaceans.
- Reptiles and Amphibians: infographics and showcases displaying a large number of animals.
Other rooms can be found, such as those dedicated to birds, an aquarium, malacology, the seabed, Antarctica, among others.
There are also other areas to enjoy, such as the audiovisual hall, another for exhibitions displaying artistic works related to nature and science, and a themed bar.
Location and Hours
It is open every day from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM, and entry is possible without a reservation. Children under 6 years old do not pay admission. The entrance fee is affordable.
Built in the early 19th century, it features an eclectic style, combining various architectural styles, such as Gothic, represented in its pointed arches. It also has picturesque details, such as the gate’s bars imitating a spiderweb or owl sculptures.