Top 5 Museums To Visit In Buenos Aires

For your next trip to Argentina, make the most of your time in Buenos Aires by visiting our top 5 favorite museums!

1) Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and MALBA

Not only does this museum house the largest public art collection in all of Latin America, it also has an impressive collection of European impressionists; thanks largely to the wave of European immigrants that arrived here at the turn of the last century. Speaking of which, this is the place to learn about the history and development of Argentine artists in a global context. If the very thought of this leaves you hungry for more, pop over to the Latin American Modern Arts Museum, or MALBA, which specifically focuses on 20th and 21st century Latin American art.

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Av. Del Libertador 1473, Buenos Aires, +54 11 5288 9900.

Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 11 AM – 8 PM. Saturdays and Sundays 10 AM – 8 PM. Closed Mondays.

2) Memorial Museum (former ESMA)

For those interested in Argentina’s history, this is a very important place to visit. This space was created in the year 2004 to preserve the memory of those who died during Argentina’s last civil-military dictatorship (1976-1983) and to promote and defend human rights. It is located on the 17-hectare site that formerly belonged to the ESMA, the Argentine army’s mechanics’ school, which was used as a clandestine torture center during the dictatorship.

Several institutions are now located on the site, including the national memorial archive, the Malvinas War Museum, a cultural center. The memorial museum features testimonies of survivors of and various historical archives.

3) Usina del Arte

Housed inside a striking old-brick electrical plant in the working class neighborhood of La Boca, Usina del Arte is an exhibition space as well as a concert venue that offers a robust cultural program. The program constantly rotates, so be sure to check the website for details about the latest exhibitions.

Usina del Arte, Agustín Caffarena 1, La Boca, Buenos Aires, +54 11 4909 2076.

Hours vary depending on the week’s program, which you can view HERE.

4) Museo Xul Solar

The works of Argentine painter, Renaissance man and eccentric Xul Solar (1887-1963) are located in a Palermo museum that’s an award-winning piece of art in itself. The venue is around a century old and was renovated in the 1990’s to reflect Solar’s architectural ideas. A friend of famous Argentinian writer Jorge Louis Borges, Xul Solar was an intellectual and artistic polyglot. His works reveal a mind of marvelous modern imagination — don’t miss it.

Museo Xul Solar, Laprida 1212, Buenos Aires, +54 11 4824-3302.

Hours: Tuesday – Friday 12 PM – 8 PM. Saturdays: 12 PM – 7 PM. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

5) Fundacion Proa

Proa is a private institution located in the historical town of La Boca in Buenos Aires, specialized in Contemporary Art, that has the permanent support of Techint Organization.

A historical Italian house refurbished at the end of the 19th Century was the starting point for this center of Contemporary Art. The building itself establishes a dialogue with the surrounding community through its translucent facades, offering a unique landscape of the City. The history of the construction and the town.

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