One of the things people think of when they think of Argentina is a country with a rich history and culture. Nowhere is this more evident than in the museums of the country.
There are plenty of museums to enjoy not just in Buenos Aires, but in the rest of the country.
Here’s my selection of the best museums to visit in Argentina.
The Museo del la Plata
The Museo de la Plata is found in the city of La Plata. The museum looks intimidating from the outside thanks to the sabre-toothed tigers guarding it, but it is still considered to be one of the very best museums in the entire country.
The exhibits in this museum focus on just about everything from mineralogy to the native plant life of the country. You can expect to find the skull of a blue whale, replicas of ancient sloths, and a broad selection of foods enjoyed by natives of the country for millennia. Don’t forget to check out the Egyptian room to see the artefacts Argentinian explorers brought home from Sudan.
Museo de Arqueología de Alta Montaña
One of the primary exhibits of the Museo de Arqueología de Alta Montaña (which translates to “High Mountain Archaeological Museum) is three Incan children that were sacrificed to the gods in ancient times. Their remains were kept so perfectly preserved thanks to an eruption of the Llullaillaco volcano. They were found in 1999 in what is considered to be one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century.
There are two girls and one boy in all, who are showcased side by side in a special high-tech cases. Take a bite out of history and culture by seeing the results of human sacrifice for yourself. You know, if that’s the kind of thing that would interest you.
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
There are many incredible art museums to be found in Buenos Aires. If you have to choose just one, then make it the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes; home to the largest public collection of art in all of Latin America. Artworks from the masters of Europe and Argentina can be found in this museum, including a lot of impressionist work. There are 12,000 works of art to be found in all, providing visitors with a uniquely comprehensive tour of the history of art.
Museo Paleontológico Egido Feruglio
If you want to delve into true history, then you want to go back to the time of dinosaurs. Argentina doesn’t disappoint in this front, as Patagonia played home to the Argentinosaurus. This dinosaur was one of the largest ever discovered, measuring an impressive 115ft (35m). The Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio is the biggest and best dinosaur museum in the country. Not only are there fossils and replicas to be enjoyed, but there’s also a real palaeontology workshop running in the museum. I’d recommend taking the English tour myself, as not everything in the museum is translated.
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