Acclaimed Art and Culture Museums Tour (Self Guided), Buenos Aires

The arts and cultural museums of Buenos Aires are home to thousands of beautiful art works and other artifacts of national culture. Among them are paintings, graphic works, sculptures, archaeological finds and old currency. Between them all, the museums represent a treasury of fine art, with many collections of cultural objects and lots of great exhibitions.
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Guide Name: Acclaimed Art and Culture Museums Tour
Guide Location: Argentina » Buenos Aires (See other walking tours in Buenos Aires)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 Km or 3.5 Miles
Author: irenes
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • The World Tango Museum
  • Severo Vaccaro Museum of Comic and Caricature
  • Museum of the Cinema Pablo Ducrós Hicken
  • Modern Art Museum (MAMBA)
  • Benito Quinquela Martín Museum
The World Tango Museum

1) The World Tango Museum

The Tango has long been one of the most significant cultural expressions of Argentina and is regarded as a national heritage. The World tango Museum is operated by the Academia Nacional Tango which seeks to preserve and promote this cultural dance form.

The World Tango Museum was inaugurated in 2003 and is a repository of a range of exhibits relating to the Tango in Argentina and in other parts of the world where the dance is popular. The museum forms part of the Academia Nacional Building. The historical structure that houses the academy has an ornate Italianate design that was once the home of the wealthy Unzue family and was built in 1888. The Museum was created by the academy and the poet, Horacio Ferrer.

The Museum has exhibits showcasing the history and evolution of the tango around the world with a special focus on Argentina in chronological order. Objects displayed, pay tribute to the great artistes who contributed to the creation and evolution of the dance. Exhibits include old record covers, cds, scores and manuscripts, audio visual displays and a display on instruments used for the accompanying music. A youth tango orchestra performs every day for visitors and they can buy unique tango themed souvenirs from the well stocked gift shop.

Operation hours: Monday – Friday: 2:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Severo Vaccaro Museum of Comic and Caricature

2) Severo Vaccaro Museum of Comic and Caricature

The Severo Vaccaro Museum of Comic and Caricature is a unique repository of works by famous cartoonists in Buenos Aires. It was established by Vincente Vaccaro, the brother a well known philanthropist, Severo Vaccaro.

The Severo Vaccaro Museum of Comic and Carricature opened its doors in the old Bureau de Change called Vaccaro in 1945. The first collection was that of Severo Vaccaro and his friend, the cartoonist Edouardo Alvarez. Soon cartoonists and people who were the objects of caricature began contributing works to expand the collection. The old building deteriorated and had to be demolished and the museum temporarily closed its doors for want of a permanent site. In 1981, Luis Fernandez Vaccaro opened the museum again with the original collection in its present venue.

The museum consists of six halls displaying permanent exhibits. The entrance hall has pictures and drawings of many famous cartoonists including Walt Disney’s work, Mickey Gaucho. The main hall has original drawings from the humor magazine, Faces and Masks. There is a hall dedicated to celebrity caricatures and three halls display cartoons, comics and caricatures from the 50s to 1985. In 2003, the museum was declared an Institution of Cultural Interest by the Government of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires. The Severo Vaccaro Museum of Comic and Caricature is a place that will put a smile on the face of children and adult visitors in Buenos Aires.
Museum of the Cinema Pablo Ducrós Hicken

3) Museum of the Cinema Pablo Ducrós Hicken

The Museum of Cinema Pablos Ducros Hicken was established to research, preserve and showcase the rich cinematic history of Argentina. The main collection belongs to renowned Argentine cinema historian and essayist, Pablo Ducros Hicken.

Jacinta Hicken, the widow of Pablos Christian Ducros Hicken, donated his collection of Argentine movie memorabilia to the City of Buenos Aires with instructions that a museum be established with the collection as its permanent exhibition. The first museum was housed in a temporary space within the Teatro San Martin. It was moved to many temporary buildings and finally occupies a historical building in La Boca Caffarina.

The first collection belonging to Pablo Hicken consisted of 14 cameras, 15 projectors, a film reel, and autographed photographs by famous names in the world of cinema including Auguste and Louis Lumiere and Cecil B. De Mille. Other exhibits include cinema related newspaper clippings, glass negatives and photographic records of film prints, original screenplays, books on Argentine cinema, posters, drawings and more than 300 feature films. There is a section showing the process of making a movie and a section dedicated to Argentine cinema from the first films to cinema in the 1950s. The museum is also a research facility. There are conservation workshops within the building and temporary national and international themed exhibitions are organized periodically.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Modern Art Museum (MAMBA)

4) Modern Art Museum (MAMBA) (must see)

The Modern Art Museum (MAMBA) is a repository of contemporary art that seeks to preserve and promote the works of contemporary Argentine artists and to display international contemporary art through temporary themed exhibitions.

The Modern Art Museum was the brainchild of art critic, Rafael Squirru and diplomat and sculptor, Pablo Curatella Manes. It was first established in 1956. At the time, it did not have a display space of its own. Rafael Squirru displayed the collection consisting of works by 50 artists in a ship called the Yapeyu and toured 20 cities around the world. In 1960, the collection was moved to a permanent space in the Teatro San Martin. In 1986, it was relocated to its present premises, a former cigarette factory in the San Telmo neighborhood of Buenos Aires. It underwent extensive renovation between 2005 and 2010 and opened its doors as a museum conforming to international standards in 2010.

The Modern Art Museum is divided into two sections. The ground floor has a gallery called, ‘Uncertain Narratives’ featuring works by contemporary and emerging local artists. The first floor has the Ignacio Pirovano’s Imagery collection that features works from one of the most important donations of contemporary art to the museum. Artists featured include Emilio Pettoruti, Ramon Gomez Cornet, Xu Solar, and Antonio Berni.

Why You Should Visit:
More of a mix between modern art and contemporary art than a strictly "modern art" museum.
The excellently curated & displayed works make it a reference point of the art circuit of the country and the region.

Operation hours:
Tue-Fri: 11am-7pm; Sat-Sun: 11:00am-8pm; Free on Tuesdays
Benito Quinquela Martín Museum

5) Benito Quinquela Martín Museum (must see)

This museum, donated to the city of Buenos Aires by eminent port scene artist, Benito Quinquela Martin displays a wealth of works by local contemporary artists and sculptors. The aim of Benito Quinquela Martin was to spread the art and culture of Argentina, especially of La Boca around the world.

The La Boca Fine Arts Museum was designed by Benito Quinquela Martin and completed in 1938. He gave the museum to the city with the condition that the first floor of the three-story building would be run as a public school. He decorated the classrooms with murals. The other floors house the art gallery with many unique collections by Argentine artists and sculptors.

Collections at the BQM Museum include a section of Argentine figurative art from the 19th and 20th centuries. Another section is dedicated to bow figureheads of boats and ships. These sculptures include decorative and allegoric figures attached to merchant ship bows during the 19th century. Other rooms have a collection of works of Argentine painters like Fortunato Lacamara and Jose Meghi. There is also a sculpture terrace and a floor dedicated to works by Benito Quinquela Martin. Visitors can also view a reproduction of his studio with a view of the river and the old port that was the subject of his paintings.

Why You Should Visit:
To enjoy the lovely paintings as well as the personal belongings of the great Quinquela Martín.
It is amazing to capture paintings trapped in time through the eyes of this artist – so vivid!
The rooftop has detailed sculptures of his and some of the best views of La Boca and Riachuelo.

Operation hours:
Tue-Fri: 10am-6pm; Sat-Sun: 11:15am-6pm

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