Buenos Aires´s numerous cultural and artistic spaces reflect the multiculturalism of this capital city.

Buenos Aires Latin American Museum (MALBA)

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March 09, 2022

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T oday we would like to share with you a list of the must see museums on your next visit to this exciting metropolis. We will be looking at some of the most iconic works, some new expressions and “hidden” spaces that you will find simply amazing.

What could be better than getting to know a new destination through its museums? This way you will indeed be able to get closer to the essence of the place.

Without further ado, here are some of the best museums to see in Buenos Aires.

Buenos Aires Museum

This museum comprises three buildings with all sorts of activities and exhibitions. On Defensa 187 lies Altos de Elorriaga, the main house. The Querubines Hall, on Defensa 223, is where the temporary exhibitions take place. Finally, on Alsina 412, Altos de la Estrella is home to the administration and the library. They are all close to each other and make up a very special circuit.

In Altos de Elorriaga, visitors will find themselves immersed in the history of the city, with original and interactive elements along with many other curiosities. Organized in a chronological fashion, this setting enables guests to better understand the city´s social, cultural and architectural transformation. The upper floor is just as superb, as rock music, photography, the media, design, and even sport have a story to tell us. You can´t miss it!

Hours: From 11 am to 7 pm (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)
From 11 am to 8 pm (Saturdays, Sundays and holidays)
Closed on Tuesdays.

Buenos Aires Museo

National Fine Arts Museum

According to official sources, during the year 2019 the Fine Arts Museum received 631,440 visitors. Its more than 12,000 pieces, the significance of its works, the beauty of the building, along with several other features, turn this museum into the most visited in the country and the port of call for art lovers.

While touring it, visitors will enjoy pieces by Auguste Rodin, Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani, Edouard Manet, Paul Klee, Vassily, Kandinsky and many others. Each of its halls is adorned with works of diverse techniques by artists from all ages.

Located on Avenida Del Libertador 1473, this setting is an invitation to a day full of amusement, as either before or after you drop by the museum you may go for a stroll in the surrounding area and find more reasons to fall in love with this capital city and the impressive architecture of the Law School, the Recoleta Cemetery or its cultural center.

Hours: From 11 am to 7 pm (from Wednesday to Sunday)

National Fine Arts Museum

Buenos Aires Latin American Museum (MALBA)

MALBA´s architectural style (Deconstructivism) stands as the perfect preamble to talk about art and charm in the city. An ideal starter to get to know roughly 12,000 pieces greatly significant for the region. This museum features works by Frida Kahlo, Antonio Berni, Tarsila do Amaral, Pedro Figari, Wifredo Lam and several other icons of this artistic expression.

Besides being a landmark for prominent temporary exhibitions, this space boasts a variety of activities that offer visitors an exceptional experience: courses, workshops, meetings and many other options, all of which turn this place into an authentic encounter with art.

Hours: From 12 pm to 8 pm (From Wednesdays to Mondays)

Buenos Aires Latin American Museum (MALBA)

Benito Quinquela Martín Museum

Located in barrio La Boca, this museum offers a magic and colorful outlook on this emblematic neighborhood. Indeed, it is one key tour for those who seek to better understand the identity of Caminito, the significance of the immigrants in the area and the local customs and traditions. This space is named after Benito Quinquela Martín, an artist who, in spite of his fame, refused to paint anything but his own beloved barrio.

Hours: From 10 am to 6 pm (Fridays)
From 11:15 am to 6 pm (Saturdays and Sundays)

Benito Quinquela Martín Museum

Tips

– Check out the schedule for each museum, mainly for temporary exhibitions.
– Normally, museums offer free admission once a week.
– Make sure you devote enough time to each cultural space and hire a guide to show you around the place.
– Make comfort your priority! Wear comfy shoes, carry some water and little weight in your bag.
– Most of these spaces feature lockers in which visitors may store their belongings and that way enjoy the tour more comfortably.

Secret Places

These settings are not listed as museums, but they have so much to say about the city. Below you will find three additional recommended spaces that are distinguished by their architectural and cultural wealth and that offer activities which many may sometimes ignore.

The Congress

Sighting the Argentine National Congress and its impressive dome is part of the traditional itinerary while visiting Buenos Aires, but…how about walking around its premises? Hardly ever visited by travelers or even locals, the Parliament and its diverse halls and spaces may be toured with advance reservation.

The Argentine National Congress

Bajo Barolo

The Palacio Barolo features much more than the guided tours of its stunning building. For those who may not know, architect Mario Palanti based his construction of the palace on the Divina Comedia book. Recently, they have set up a new space called “Bajo Barolo”, also known as Barolo´s inferno or hell, which displays temporary works by various artists.

The Palacio Barolo

Memorial Park

This is one spot for those who look for a more open space that is closely linked to the history of our country. Visitors in this spacious venue with views to the Río de la Plata, will be able to learn about several memories and greatly significant events in this country.

Memorial Park