There are many reasons for tourists to visit Argentina and no, we are not talking about the world-famous Aconcagua peak or the beautiful women. What we are striving to bring into perspective is the importance of some of their cultural and educational establishments. Today, we are going to explore some of their most exquisite museums and hope wholeheartedly that you are going to spare some time for them in the future. So, without further dithering, let’s dive right into the list!
1. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes:
Buenos Aires is the one to kick off the list with its scintillating Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes located at Avenida del Libertador 1473 (within the bounds of the Recoleta neighbourhood of the city). Dedicated to fine arts, the museum was opened in the final years of the 19th century. Boasting with a total of 24 exhibit halls, the museums holds works from some of the most prominent figures of the 20th century such as Alfredo Guttero, Antonio Berni, Benito Quinquela Martín, Eduardo Sívori, Raquel Forner, Lino Enea Spilimbergo, Xul Solar, Marcelo Pombo and Ernesto de la Cárcova. It also has a small collection of sculptures and of photographs located on the second floor, if you are interested. Important works on display there include: “Portrait of a Young Woman” by Rembrandt, “Landscape with the ruins of the Abbey of Rijnsburg” by Albert Cuyp, “Portrait of Ernest Hoschedé and his daughter Martha” by Manet, “Dancers and two yellow roses” by Edgar Degas, “After the Battle of Curupaytí” by López, “Le Moulin de la Galette” by Van Gogh, “A stop in the countryside” by Pueyrredón, and even “The birth of Virgin Mary” by Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen. Be one of the 1 million people who visit the establishment each year!
2. National Museum of Decorative Arts:
You may have seen interesting museums in your lifetime but we promise you that none of them were as reflective of the past as Bueno Aires’ National Museum of Decorative Arts (Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo). Also located in the Recoleta neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, it was established in 1937 and features subtle French undertones. Housing a myriad of items pertaining to historical times, the establishment strives to recreate the past in its purest, rawest, yet classiest form. From furniture to mirrors and wall decorations, you can find anything there (and let us not forget about the lurid gardens). What’s interesting about it is that its façade adheres to the standards of the 18th-century Neo-Classicism (note the massive Corinthian columns). Its interior is divided into the following sections: the Entrance Hall (what’s interesting here is the ceiling as it pays homage to architecture, painting, music, and, of course, sculpture); the Antechamber (note the Neo-Classical plaster frames and its exquisite central lighting); the Great Hall (this is the largest apartment of the former residence and it features parquetry with an intricate star-evoking design); the Dining Room (the fact that it was inspired by the Hercules Room of the Versailles Palace says everything about this section – Baroque atmosphere and marble hold sway here); the Winter Garden (a scintillating connection between the Ball Room and the Dining Room); the Ball Room (this section evokes the majesty of the Rococo after having transitioned from the Baroque); the Room of Madame (inspired by the Grand Trianon of Versailles, this section features some of the most breath-taking chandeliers and pieces of furniture); the Study of Mr Matías de Errázuriz (this section, designed by French decorator André Carlhian, illustrates how Don Matias lived – note the 19th-century paintings that surround the area); the “Sert” Room (features the antechambers and the bedroom of Matías Errázuriz Alvear – a scintillating example of Art Deco); and, finally, Room Zubov (a section dedicated to the collection of miniatures pertaining to Countess Rosario S. de Zubov). As you can see, you would miss out on a lot, if you eluded this fascinating establishment!
3. La Plata Museum:
Leaving Buenos Aires, we descend upon the city of La Plata and its grandiose natural history museum. Adorned by a massive Neo-Classical façade with gasp-inspiring columns, the establishment is a proud member of the Natural Sciences School (Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Museo) of the National University of La Plata (UNLP). Harbouring more than 3 million relics and over 58,000 books in a separate library, it attracts more than 400,000 visitors each year. After exploring the myriad of items on display, we recommend that you spend a little time in the Ethnography Hall for it is quite possibly the most scintillating section of the museum. Oh, and let us not forget about the Smilodon statues at the entrance made by Victor de Pol!
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