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Museum Guide for Buenos Aires

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For museum lovers of all styles, Buenos Aires has some great choices. This guide will take you through the 10 best museums in the Argentine capital. Whether you are an art enthusiast, love dabbling in science, or enjoy learning about local history, this is the city for you.

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  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Like a Local

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10 Places

Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires

Art Museums

Coleccion de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat

Art Museums

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Art Museums

Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo

Historic Sites, Art Museums

Usina del Arte

Architectural Buildings, Civic Centres

Museo de Bellas Artes de la Boca de Artistas Argentinos

Art Museums

Museo Participativo De Ciencias

Science Museums

Museo Casa Rosada

Speciality Museums

Museo Evita

Speciality Museums

Museo de la Inmigracion

History Museums

Lucía V's City Tips

  • Public transport: Subway and bus systems are both efficient, and both accept the SUBE card, which will allow you to pay a reduced fare.
  • Where to buy the SUBE? At OCA post offices. You have to pay a non-refundable fee for the card, present a valid ID (passport) and fill out a form. (Only worth it for longer stays.)
  • Subway tickets: Buy these directly from the cashiers in stations. Single, 5-trip and 10-trip passes are available. Cash only.
  • Bus fares depend on the destination. Tell the driver your destination when you board, and then insert coins into a machine located behind the driver.
  • At bus stops: Remember to queue while waiting for the bus and respect the order of the queue when you're getting on.
  • Note that the majority of museums and cultural centers are closed on Mondays.
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    Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires
    Art Museums
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    Lucía V Says:

    Worth visiting if you're interested in Latin American art. This museum houses works by well-known local artists like Xul Solar, Emilio Petorutti, Antonio Berni and Marta Minujin, plus international artists like Frida Kahlo and Fernando Botero. Mainly focused on modern art, the museum is housed in a beautiful building and located in one of the most prestigious areas of the city.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Look out for special exhibitions. In previous years, there have been world-renowned exhibitions by artists like Andy Warhol, Yayoi Kusama and fashion photographer Mario Testino.
    • On your way out, visit the museum shop, which is filled with beautiful design objects that will make great souvenirs.
    • Open daily (except Tuesdays) from noon until 8pm. On Wednesdays, it's open until 9pm. (You can enter up to 30 minutes before closing time.)
    • On Wednesdays, admission is half the regular price. If you're a student, a teacher or a senior citizen (with proper ID), it is free.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 824 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely luncheon spot 22/05/2018
    • Don't Miss 16/05/2018
    • Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires
    Address:
    Avenida Pte Figueroa Alcorta 3415
    Buenos Aires C1425CLA
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 11 4808-6500
    Other:
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    Coleccion de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat
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    Lucía V Says:

    This impressive art museum houses the private collection of Argentine business woman and aristocrat Amalía Lacroze de Fortabat. Exhibits include works by Argentine artists like Berni, Castagnino, García Uriburu and Soldi, and international artists like Dalí, Rodin and Turner, plus you'll find design objects and even some objects from ancient Egypt on display here. The museum is located in one of the most exclusive areas of Buenos Aires, Puerto Madero.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Admission is half-price if you're a student, teacher or senior citizen (with proper ID). On Wednesdays, it is half-price for everyone.
    • Feast your eyes on the architectural design of the building, especially its moving roof.
    • Open daily except Mondays, from noon until 8pm. Admission is allowed up to 30 minutes before closing time.
    • Visit the café across from the entrance to the museum. It has a lovely atmosphere and a great view of the river.
    • Personal favorite: the pop-art portrait of Amalía Lacroze de Fortabat by American artist Andy Warhol.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #45 of 824 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Impressive 17/04/2018
    • new museum overlooking Puerto Madero basin 15/04/2018
    • Coleccion de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat
    Address:
    Olga Cossettini 141
    Puerto Madero Este
    Buenos Aires B8000XAV
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 11 4310-6600
    Other:
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    Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
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    Lucía V Says:

    This definitive art museum in Buenos Aires houses paintings, sculptures and objects from the 12th to the 20th centuries, and includes both Argentine and European art from several different schools, styles and periods. Some of the most famous artists exhibited here include Pettoruti, Spilimbergo, Sívori, Cézanne, Degas, Gauguin, Toulouse Lautrec, Renoir, Rodin and Goya.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Free admission.
    • Personal favorite: the impressionist and post-impressionist works (exhibited on the ground floor) and the sculpture terrace on the second floor.
    • Open Tuesday through Friday from 12:30pm to 8:30pm, and weekends from 9:30am to 8:30pm. Last admission is at 7pm.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 824 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best Art Museum in Buenos Aires! 21/05/2018
    • Unkind staff 18/05/2018
    • Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
    Address:
    Avenida Del Libertador 1473
    Buenos Aires C1425AAA
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 52889900
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    11:30 - 19:30
    Sat - Sun
    09:30 - 19:30
    Other:
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    Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo
    Historic Sites, Art Museums
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    Lucía V Says:

    A former mansion designed in the French neo-classical style for the Chilean diplomat Matías Errázuris and his wife, the Argentine aristocrat Josefina de Alvear. This striking building houses sculptures, paintings, furniture, tapestries and china from different periods. Each room is exquisitely decorated, and a true feast for the eyes.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Open Tuesday through Friday from 2pm to 7pm, and weekends from 12:30pm to 7pm.
    • Personal favorite: the "Salón de Madame," decorated in an especially feminine style, where Josefina would entertain her guests. The staircase is also a true masterpiece.
    • Make sure to visit the café of the museum, the Croque Madame. Take a seat in the beautiful courtyard, grab a bite to eat and enjoy the view. Open daily from 10am until midnight.
    • On Tuesdays, admission is free.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 824 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A surprise 20/05/2018
    • House 18/05/2018
    • Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo
    Address:
    Avenida Del Libertador 1902
    Buenos Aires C1425AAS
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 11 4802-8248
    Other:
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    Usina del Arte
    Architectural Buildings, Civic Centres
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    Lucía V Says:

    Located in the traditional neighborhood of La Boca, this former power station, built at the beginning of the 20th century and restored in 2008, is now home to a cultural center which includes an auditorium especially designed for symphonic music, as well as multiple spaces that host changing exhibitions and events.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Events change regularly, so make sure to check the website to see what is on offer at the time of your visit. You'll get to appreciate the space at its full potential.
    • Take a 45-minute guided tour (Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays from 11am until 5pm) to learn more about the building's rich history. No booking required.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 824 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Put it on your agenda ! 26/02/2018
    • An Electric Usina was converted into a modern art and music place 08/11/2017
    • Usina del Arte
    Address:
    Agustin Caffarena 1
    Buenos Aires C1156ACF
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 11 4909-2076
    Other:
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    Museo de Bellas Artes de la Boca de Artistas Argentinos
    Art Museums
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    Lucía V Says:

    Located in the heart of La Boca, the former house and atelier of the Argentine artist Benito Quinquela Martin was donated by him in 1933 to be used as a primary school and a museum. At present, it houses the most extensive collection of Quinquela Martin's works, as well as works from other Argentine artists.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Free admission (though there is a suggested donation).
    • Quiquela Martin's works are the perfect reflection of life in La Boca and the docks.
    • Open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 5.30pm, and Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays from 11am to 5.30pm.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #120 of 824 things to do in Buenos Aires
    • Art 23/05/2018
    • Nice visit when in La Boca 23/02/2018
    • Museo de Bellas Artes de la Boca de Artistas Argentinos
    Address:
    Avenida Pedro de Mendoza 1835
    Buenos Aires C1169AAC
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 11 3026-3524
    Other:
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    Museo Participativo De Ciencias
    Science Museums
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    Lucía V Says:

    An entertaining option for people of all ages. 'Not touching is forbidden' is the motto of this science museum where you are encouraged to interact with the exhibitions in order to broaden your knowledge of science, while playing and having fun. Each room at the museum is dedicated to a specific topic: Technology, Music, Waves and Sounds, Math, Visual Perception, etc.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Opening times vary depending on the time of the year, so make sure to visit the museum's website.
    • Personal favorite: the Visual Perception room, where you'll encounter optical illusions that use color and movement to trick the eyes.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #98 of 824 things to do in Buenos Aires
    • A wonderful surprise 31/07/2015
    • Yes! And for adults and kids alike. 27/09/2014
    • Museo Participativo De Ciencias
    Address:
    Junin 1930
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 4806-3456
    Other:
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    Museo Casa Rosada
    Speciality Museums
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    Lucía V Says:

    Located right next to the Casa Rosada, this museum was set up on the galleries of the former customs building, which was demolished at the end of the 19th century. The museum houses an impressive collection of historical objects that will take you on a journey through more than 200 hundred years of Argentine history. Also displayed here is the impressive mural by David Alfaro Siqueiros, 'Ejercicio Plástico.'

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • Free admission.
    • Personal favorite: "Ejercicio Plástico," the mural painted by Mexican artist Siqueiros, in collaboration with Argentine painters Spilimbergo, Berni and Castagnino.
    • Marvel at the beautiful glass ceiling which fills the galleries with sunlight.
    • Open Wednesday through Sunday, from 10am to 6pm.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #44 of 824 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Go on the tour 26/05/2018
    • Politics 16/05/2018
    • Museo Casa Rosada
    Address:
    Avenida Paseo Colon 100
    Buenos Aires C1063ACN
    Argentina
    Phone:
    4344-3802
    Other:
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    Museo Evita
    Speciality Museums
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    Lucía V Says:

    Museum dedicated to the life and work of Argentine politician Eva Duarte de Perón. The museum houses various objects and documents that belonged to Evita which are exhibited in chronological order, from her childhood, to her years as an actress, to her role as First Lady and her work on the women's vote, to her social work, and right up to her untimely death. A great museum for those interested in Argentine history.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Personal favorite: the exhibition showing the gowns and accessories Evita wore as First Lady.
    • Open Tuesday through Sunday, from 11am to 7pm.
    • Take into account that the texts and quotes on the walls of the exhibitions are only in Spanish.
    • The museum offers guided tours in different languages. They last around 45 minutes and you have to book them in advance. For more information, visit the museum's website.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #91 of 824 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Eva Peron 16/05/2018
    • More a memorial than a museum 14/05/2018
    • Museo Evita
    Address:
    Calle Lafinur 2988- interseccion Juan Maria Gutierrez
    Buenos Aires C1425FAB
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 11 4807-0306
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    11:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Museo de la Inmigracion
    History Museums
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    Lucía V Says:

    Located on the ground floor of the former Hotel de Immigrantes (Immigrants' Hotel) — where immigrants who arrived in Buenos Aires would be received, given advice and housed — this museum is dedicated to the history of immigration in Argentina, focusing on the historical, cultural, social and economic importance of immigration in this country. Although it's rather small, the museum makes for an interesting visit, especially for those with a personal interest in the subject.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • Free admission.
    • Travel back in time with the museum's collection of personal objects from the immigrants that walked its halls and the numerous photographs that portray their arrival in Argentina.
    • Personal favorite: the registry books where the names and some personal details of the immigrants were recorded.
    • Open Tuesday through Sunday, from 12pm to 8pm.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #147 of 824 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good 26/05/2018
    • Fascinating exhibits 19/05/2018
    • Museo de la Inmigracion
    Address:
    Av. Antartida Argentina
    Between National Directorate of Migrations and Buquebus
    Buenos Aires C1104AGA
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 11 4893-0322
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